Introduction: Monitor Speaker Mount
I've been having these speakers clutter up my desk for a long time and I finally decided to declutter my desktop and hiding the wires came as an added bonus. The benefit of this method is that it cost me $6.
Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.
Step 1: What You Need
---1/2" PVC electrical conduit (it's much cheaper than the drinking water kind---about $1.50 for 10 feet).
---A 1/2" type T fitting (a tee like you might get with plumbing pvc except it opens to allow pulling wires through)
---four 4m metric screws (the length will depend on the thickness of the next item needed)
---Something to mount the piping on (I had a used piece of 1/2" plywood that I didn't even have to cut!).
Tools: Screw drivers, a drill, a pencil, measuring tapes, something to cut your PVC, and a straight edge.
Step 2: Getting Started With the Mount
Measure the board or whatever you're using so that you can mark the center of the board.
Once you've done this you can measure out the dimensions of the mount on the back of your monitor. Mine happens to be the VESA 100mm x 100mm standard. There is also a smaller 75mm x 75mm standard for smaller monitors. Check your manual to see what the dimensions are so that you can measure it properly.
Mark the spots for the holes with x's and drill with a bit slightly larger than your screws.
To mount the T fitting to the board, drill holes through the back of the fitting and screw it to the board.
Step 3: Fitting and Cutting Supports
Attach the board to the monitor with the 4m metric screws. If you're a little off on your holes you could drill them bigger so that they will line up.
Cut your PVC tubing a little longer than what you need so you can fine tune it based on the size of your monitors and the size of the speakers you'll be mounting.
Step 4: Drilling the Supports
If you have a tap set you can tap the holes to the 4m size, that's what I did. If you do not, then choose a screw that will tap itself as it drills in or drill a hole a little smaller than your screw or bolt and you should be able to twist it in fairly easily.
Step 5: Hiding Wires
You don't have to hide your wires, but it's certainly a nice benefit. For the center speaker I drilled a 1/2" hole that allowed the RCA connector at the end of my speaker wires to fit inside. The side speakers could have been done similarly, but I just stuffed them into the end and that worked nicely.
Drill a hole in the bottom of the T fitting and you'll be able to pass all of the speaker wires through the bottom and hide them behind the base of your monitor.
Step 6: Finished Product and Thoughts
Pretty nice. Your results will vary based on the weight of your speakers. I have no stability issues with the monitor. It doesn't want to tilt or anything, but this is also a stationary monitor with a base that doesn't adjust.
The PVC at this short of length is pretty rigid so it doesn't sag with my speakers. If your speakers weigh more you can use PVC or metal strapping to screw it to your mounting board.
I didn't glue the PVC to the T fitting. The tight fit of the pipe into the fitting is enough to support my speakers. If not, then try gluing it or use a pipe support like I mentioned above.
You can use this as a springboard for doing all kinds of things. Make it out of aluminum, steel, steampunk it out with copper and brass, whatever you want. You could also use this in conjunction with an articulating arm mount. Go crazy.