Update: Better final pictures
After doing a complete sound system overhaul on my friend's Subaru Imprezza I found myself very impressed with the build quality of the factory speakers. Separate tweeters, woven cone, decent sized magnet, solid basket structure.. I felt like it would be a waste to throw away well built and almost brand new speakers. I told him... give me a little time, I'll re-purpose these into something for you.
I had seen instructables and commercially available products before that were essentially a single speaker tower like what you would find in a nice home theater but with aux or BT inputs to be stand alone units. My issue with so many of them is that they were either under powered, ugly as all heck, or just didn't look like they could really hold their own. I didn't want to build a speaker box, I wanted to build a piece of furniture that my friend would be proud to display in his home for years to come.
My goal for this project was that it would:
-be visually appealing
-serve a secondary purpose other than playing music
-be easy to use
-not break the bank
Tools I used:
Step 1: Drawing it up
I took out four 6.5" main drivers and two tweeters so I had those to work with.
As you can see, I'm terrible at drawing. Take a look at the initial idea on a legal pad. Bad.
Enter Google SketchUp. I had never used drawing software before but I knew if I really wanted to plan out a great piece I would need something that could give me dimensions and a good visual representation as I drew. After watching a few tutorials I was proficient for my task.
The first rendering was flat. After a few more videos though I was learning out to pull, push, drag, and my idea was actually starting to take shape! I figured I would put the extra tweeters up top closer to ear level so it wouldn't sound like a boom box set on the floor.