I got tired of looking at the boring ol' black Sony stereo speakers in my living room so I decided to break them down and rebuild them. I decided to use 1/2" walnut plywood for the shell of the cabinets and 1/2" hickory for the front face. Since there is a science to the dimensions of a speaker cabinet including depth and where the bass port is, I decided to keep all the specs of the original cabinets. The only change that was made was I decided to include feet to raise them up from the floor. They are finished with a heavy coat of boiled linseed oil and couple coats of Deft spray lacquer. This is one of my favorite projects because I finally get to build something for myself that'll enhance my living room.
Step 1: Step 1: Cut Up the Speakers
The scariest part of the project was plunge cutting into the Sony speaker cabinets with my jig saw.
Step 2: Step 2: Cut the Cabinet Shell
I’m using 1/2” walnut plywood for the cabinet shell. Here I’m cutting 45° miters on all the edges.
Step 3: Step 3: Glue Up Cabinet
Using blue painters tape as my clamps, I glue up the cabinet shells.
Step 4: Step 4: Cut Out Speaker Holes
I drill out the mid-range and tweeter holes on the drill press and go back to the jigsaw for the woofer hole.
Step 5: Step 5: Glue the Face
Here I’m gluing and clamping the face into the cabinet.
Step 6: Step 6: Add Trim
Using my pin nailer I attach the face frame to cover up the plywood edges.
Step 7: Step 7: Add Feet
Since my speaker will stand on the floor I’m added walnut feet.
Step 8: Step 8: Wiring
And then I wire it all back up and attached the back panel.
Step 9: Finished!
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