Introduction: Sony Speaker Upgrade

I got tired of looking at the boring ol' black Sony stereo speakers in my living room so I decided to break them down and rebuild them. I decided to use 1/2" walnut plywood for the shell of the cabinets and 1/2" hickory for the front face. Since there is a science to the dimensions of a speaker cabinet including depth and where the bass port is, I decided to keep all the specs of the original cabinets. The only change that was made was I decided to include feet to raise them up from the floor. They are finished with a heavy coat of boiled linseed oil and couple coats of Deft spray lacquer. This is one of my favorite projects because I finally get to build something for myself that'll enhance my living room.

Step 1: Step 1: Cut Up the Speakers

Picture of Step 1: Cut Up the Speakers

The scariest part of the project was plunge cutting into the Sony speaker cabinets with my jig saw.

Step 2: Step 2: Cut the Cabinet Shell

Picture of Step 2: Cut the Cabinet Shell

I’m using 1/2” walnut plywood for the cabinet shell. Here I’m cutting 45° miters on all the edges.

Step 3: Step 3: Glue Up Cabinet

Picture of Step 3: Glue Up Cabinet

Using blue painters tape as my clamps, I glue up the cabinet shells.

Step 4: Step 4: Cut Out Speaker Holes

Picture of Step 4: Cut Out Speaker Holes

I drill out the mid-range and tweeter holes on the drill press and go back to the jigsaw for the woofer hole.

Step 5: Step 5: Glue the Face

Picture of Step 5: Glue the Face

Here I’m gluing and clamping the face into the cabinet.

Step 6: Step 6: Add Trim

Picture of Step 6: Add Trim

Using my pin nailer I attach the face frame to cover up the plywood edges.

Step 7: Step 7: Add Feet

Picture of Step 7: Add Feet

Since my speaker will stand on the floor I’m added walnut feet.

Step 8: Step 8: Wiring

Picture of Step 8: Wiring

And then I wire it all back up and attached the back panel.

Step 9: Finished!

Picture of Finished!


gjm (author)2015-06-17

Nice job, very handsome.

Out of curiosity, have you noticed any change in the sound produced?

Drunken Woodworker (author)gjm2015-06-17

I've been asked this a lot and to be honest I haven't noticed any difference. I'm sure there is but I haven't noticed.

hamsammy (author)2015-06-23

Looks great! Sony speakers are great for projects.

If you can make such good looking cabinets have you considered upgrading the components?

kdorais (author)2015-06-19

These look awesome! Very cool way to spice up some boring old speakers, I may have to do this to mine as well.

greggarthur (author)2015-06-18

Gave me an idea how wonderful to use the right tools here.

matt.e.jenkins (author)2015-06-18

Very nice! Is that the original back panel?

Clapoti (author)2015-06-17

Good job :)
I actually have the same plans for my different Sony speakers for a little while now :)

stefanko73 (author)2015-06-17

Excellent work, perfect tools! thanks

seamster (author)2015-06-17

Very nice upgrade! I need to do this to a set of speakers I have. Thanks for the great idea!

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