Introduction: Portable Audio Chest
Use an old audio cabinet to build a portable audio chest.
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Step 1: Materials
I found an old audio cabinet and storage chest.
Step 2: Disassemble
Disassemble the audio cabinet and salvage the wood and electronics.
Step 3: Electronics
Clean up the electronics.
Step 4: Measure
Measure and mark holes to accommodate speaker drivers.
Step 5: Cut
Cut the holes using a router.
Step 6: Install the Speakers
Fasten down the speaker drivers.
Step 7: Wiring
Wire the speakers.
Step 8: Tray Supports
Cut tray supports from the salvaged wood and fasten above the drivers.
Step 9: Turntable Tray
Build a tray to accommodate the turntable.
Step 10: Drill the Spring Holes
Drill holes in the tray to support the springs on the bottom of the turntable.
Step 11: Paint and Install the Tray
Make sure the tray is the correct size, then paint it and install.
Step 12: Receiver/Amplifier/Tuner
Inspect the electronics and fasten to a wood support.
Step 13: Rear Panel
Cut a hole in the back side of the chest and install the rear panel.
Step 14: Electrical
Connect all the internal wiring.
Step 15: Test
Test all the electrical functions.
Step 16: Receiver Face
Make a face plate from the salvaged wood. Compare to the plastic face plate and make appropriate measurements.
Step 17: Cut the Face
Cut the face plate and fit to the receiver.
Step 18: Complete the Receiver
Add dials to the face plate and fasten the unit to the lid of the chest.
Step 19: Wire Cover
Cut some fabric and attach between the turntable tray and the receiver to cover the wires.
Step 20: Paint and Stain
Paint and stain the remaining raw wood.
Step 21: Label the Dials
Print labels for the dials and reverse them on the x-axis, so they read backward. Use a toner printer, not inkjet. Tape in place and apply a solvent, like acetone. Push against the paper with moderate pressure. The ink should adhere to the wood.
Step 22: Apply Protective Coat
Brush a protective coat over the wood to preserve the ink and finish.
Step 23: Play and Enjoy
Drop the needle on some vinyl.
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