Vintage Train Case Bluetooth Boombox Luggage

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Introduction: Vintage Train Case Bluetooth Boombox Luggage

About: My name is Travis and I like to build cool stuff!

I love this idea of turning a vintage suitcase or luggage into a speaker! It just gives off such a cool fun vibe that I like having in my apartment as opposed to a boring black box.

I've made a few luggage speakers in the past but wanted to try doing a battery powered boomcase in a smaller vintage train vanity. So let's do it together!

I'm not an audiophile, I just wanted a decent sounding boombox with bluetooth connectivity that was also battery powered. You can spend a lot of time searching for all the different components to make that happen in a case this size or you can use a kit from Parts Express. Because I'm not an expert, and to save a bit of money, I chose the latter!

That kit actually makes this a fairly simple build. You don't need a deep understanding of audio electronics to make a great sounding vanity case boombox!

I also wanted to hide the electronics and control panel with the volume knob, aux plug, etc inside the train case to keep things looking very clean on the outside.

So let's get to building...

Supplies

Step 1: Drill the Speaker Holes

This was the most tedious part of the entire process for me. It probably took me about an hour to drill these 2 holes!

Make sure you go slow and stay relaxed, you don't want to crack your vanity case or mess up the finish somehow.

I suggest drilling some pilot holes in the middle and then using an appropriately sized hole saw to drill the correct size hole to fit the speakers you use. Just go to the store and buy the right size hole saw drill bit, it'll be worth it!

Step 2: Drill Holes for the Bass Port(s)

If you're going to use some bass ports, this is when you'll want to drill the holes for those too.

Again, go slow and make sure you have the right tool to make cutting or drilling the holes easy and clean.

I also had to cut the bass ports to the appropriate length for the interior volume of my vanity case. Again, you can use this bass port length calculator to find a size and shape that works for the dimensions of your vanity case.

Step 3: Cut Out the Interior Components

Next you'll want to cut out the flat sheet of wood to house the control panel inside of the vanity case when you open it up.

Trace it out to the right size and cut it out with a jigsaw.

You'll also need to cut out the rectangle to mount the control panel in the middle of that.

Then you'll want to cut three 1"x2"s to support and hold the wooden sheet and control panel.

I also drilled out a couple holes in the back so the charging wire could be run out the back while the lid is closed.

Step 4: Glue the Interior Components

I used hot glue to attach the bass ports and Elmer's glue to attach the interior supports.

Step 5: Assemble the Electronic Components & Mount the Speakers

This takes a bit of time but it's really pretty easy. Parts Express supplies complete instructions to wire up your boombox if you bought the kit so I'll let them take the lead on that: https://www.parts-express.com/pedocs/manuals/300-...

Then drill the holes and mount your speakers to the front of the vanity case too.

I designed this so the top wood piece with the control panel sits and fits snuggly into the vanity case. You can screw it down if you wish but I preferred not to. You can also paint that top wood piece if you'd like too.

Step 6: Enjoy the Tunes!

Flip that switch on and crank the music!

Please let me know your thoughts on this project, if you try it yourself, along with any ways to improve this design.

Oh and I'd be so grateful if you voted for me in this Instructable contest if you feel I deserve it.

– Travis

P.S. I also host a podcast called Curiosityness! Every week I conduct a podcast interview with an expert about the most fascinating history, things, & people of our world. If that interests you, I encourage you to check out the Curiosityness podcast available for free at https://www.curiosityness.com/

And find me on Instagram @travderose: https://www.instagram.com/travderose

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    9 Comments

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    Sagahl
    Sagahl

    Tip 1 year ago

    The vanity case really look good . I think am going to try this way . I made mine using flat wood and then coupled it

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    snowf7
    snowf7

    1 year ago

    I agree that the case will get more love this way. It is better than sitting in storage. I have one that I use for storing my collectable stationery supplies. Those are some great dance moves. It's too bad we didn't get to hear the music that goes with the dancing. If we were still able to vote for the entries, I would vote for you. That option has been taken away from us. Good luck in the competition.

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    travderose
    travderose

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you! I didn’t realize that we can’t vote in contests anymore

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    firemandk
    firemandk

    1 year ago

    Great use of an old vanity ... the retro suitcase collectors may be cringing though...lol. I am pretty sure in my parents attic , there is a full on 3 piece blue and cream set of "Vogue of San Francisco, California" custom luggage which is probably worth more than a full set of Polk Speakers. Perhaps I had best look on Ebay too before destroying my 85 year old parent's honey moon luggage. It is a neat idea... too bad train travel is so expensive, I can see bringing that on a nice long cross country train ride !

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    travderose
    travderose

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yeah I can understand peoples' hesitation to destroying vintage items like this but from my perspective it'll get a lot more love and use this way.

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    firemandk
    firemandk

    Reply 1 year ago

    I like it a lot !

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    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    1 year ago

    What a great use for a tiny piece of luggage :)

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    gerluxe
    gerluxe

    Reply 1 year ago

    Cool, looks like the head of wall e