This guide is one of many that are meant to show what cool things you can do with our kits.
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Step 1: Things You Will Need
1. DIY Speaker Kit (You can buy this from our shop)
2. The cardboard box that the kit came in
4. Scalpel or craft knive
6. Felt pen
7. A4 paper (a bit heavier like 120gsm)
8. Double sided tape
9. Double sided sticky pads
Step 2: Cutting Opening for the Speaker
To do this we simply use our roll of double sided tape to mark a circle on the inside of our box.
Make sure to position the opening to the right side of the box to leave enough space for our controls and amplifier.
Hang on to the circle off cut, as we will need it later.
Step 3: Making the Speaker Membrane
In our case we will use a sheet of A4 paper mounted behind the opening in our box as shown below.
1. Measure the size of the opening, adding another 30 millimetres to its radius
2. Cutout a square off the sheet of our piece of paper using the dimensions we measured (10cm in this case)
3. Attach the square piece of paper with double sided tape to the inside of the box, covering the entire opening
Step 4: Assembling the Exciter
1. What we need to do now is to make the cardboard disc a bit smaller by cutting off enough material to give the exciter enough space to sit on. You can play with the radius of the cardboard disc to see how this changes the sound quality. For me having the cardboard disc with a slightly larger radius than the exciter itself proved to be the best option.
2. The exciter comes with tape on one side which you can use to attach it to the cardboard disc
3. Once the exciter is secured on the cardboard disc use two strips of double sided tape to secure the exciter with the cardboard disc to the inside of the box. Make sure that it sits square in the middle of our paper membrane. If you can't make out the centre of the opening just hold the box against a light source, to reveal the size of the opening.
Step 5: Securing the Amplifier
1. Cut off the left side flap of the box's lid leaving about 5mm
2. Using double sided sticky pads attach the amplifier with the battery facing the left side of the box and control facing the lid (as shown in the pictures)
Make sure to keep the off-cut flap!
Step 6: Cutting Openings for Controls and Input
1. The easiest way to do it is to close the lid and gently press the cardboard against each control to get a slight indentation on the cardboard.
2. We are going to use these indentations to mark where the holes will go
3. Using a scalpel or craft knive, we cut three openings (one for the volume control, one for power switch and one for the input)
4. Once that is done we can close the box and if everything is done right the holes should line up with our controls
Step 7: Attaching the Stand
Once this is done we just need to wire everything up and turn on the music!!!
Step 8: Done!
This is only one way to make something cool with our DIY Speaker Kit! There are a lot of different ways to make a speaker using any kind of material as a resonator. Why don't you try it yourself and share your own instructable with us! We would love to hear about your project!
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