Sony Speaker Upgrade

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Introduction: Sony Speaker Upgrade

About: I am a full-time online content creator, designing, creating and teaching the art of woodworking. I have an art background that I incorporate into my projects and focus on originality and design.

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

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

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

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

Step 4: 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

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

Step 6: 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

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

Step 8: Step 8: Wiring

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

Step 9: Finished!

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    Nice job, very handsome.

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

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    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.

    Looks great! Sony speakers are great for projects.

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

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

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

    Very nice! Is that the original back panel?

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

    Excellent work, perfect tools! thanks

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