Introduction: Speaker Enclosure


In this project I'm trying to make an enclosure for a set of speakers.

This enclosure need to be big enough for an set of 10cm speakers(about 4 inches).

The enclosure also will be moveable thanks to a hinge. With this you can move the speakers in every direction you want. Pretty awesome ;)

I'll also try to build RGB LED Lighting into the enclosure that will be controlled by an Arduino Nano.

The pictures you see are not from the end result. These are just made with paper and glue.

In the next steps you'll see how I want to build the enclosure.

I'll hope you'll like it.

Step 1: MoSCoW List

Must haves:

- Hinge

- Wood as thick as possible.

- Speakers

- Wires

- Glue

- Bolts and Nuts

Should Haves:

- Amplifier

- Terminal connectors

- Amplifier Adapter at least 2 Amps (best sound results for an amplifier)

Could Haves:

- LED Lighting

- Arduino Nano

Would haves:

- x

Step 2: Sketches

Here you can see some of the drawings I've made with the help of autodesk Inventor.

All of the images descripe a component you need to build for the speaker.

The last image descripes the way you have to place the components.

The enclosure consists out of:

- 2x Front Panel (Image 1)

- 2x Back Panel (Image 2)

- 8x Side Panel 1 (Image 3)

- 8x Side panel 2 (Image 4)

All of the components are build from wood. The best is to build it from really thick wood.

The thicker the better. But be sure to use the right machine to build it, because with a Plate that's thicker than 5 mm

you can not work with a laser printer.

When you glue the pieces together you'll see that in the inside the side panel 1's will stick out. Don't worry about that that's just my design.

When you're done putting the pieces together then only the hinge between the speakers remains.

When you did put that one on you only have to make 2 square holes with a saw or, if you already did, with

a laser printer. In these holes you have to put the speaker terminals where you need to connect your amplifier with.

I haven't used them on my drawings, because they come in multiple sizes.

Step 3: Building the Speaker

First I started making the small panels at the side of the enclosure. I did this by using Adobe Illustrator. In this program you can make shapes and images in the size you want. I also needed the program cause it works with the laser cutter that I used to cut the panels out.

As you can see on the pictures above I've made in two of the panels a small gap of 25x10 mm. This is where I did put the connectors to the inside of the enclosure. When I was finished with this I soldered the two wires from each speaker to the contacts of the terminals.

Next I straightened the back panel with the front panel by putting the front panel, with the speaker on it, on the back panel. Then I took the side panels and began pushing both sides. By doing this the back and the front panel where perfectly on one line.

Next I used glue to put the panels on the side of the front- and back panel. You've got to make sure you don't use to much glue cause then it will come out of the edges and it will look very messy. Also be careful when you're done with glueing the parts together that you don't move the speakers. This will cause that your enclosure will become crooked. This also will happen when you put on the speakers when the glue is still harding out.

When you're done you can put the wires into your amplifier and listen to your music with your self-build speaker enclosure. :)