Water Bottle Bass Box




Hello everybody!

I was trying to find some cheap material to buil a new bass box to my car sound system, then it came to me: I find a water bottle near a trash container. Immediately I imagine that I could use it in my new project.
This instructable is the result of this project.
Excluding the price of the subwoofer (I already have it), all the project cost me US$15

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. And please! Rate it! Thanks!


Step 1: List of Material

1 Subwoofer 12" (inches) diameter
1 Water bottle 12" diameter (maybe you'll need more if your subwoofer requires)
Acrilic blanket (enough to coat inner side of the bass box)
Perforated Hanger Iron
8 Small Corner brace
8 long bolts with nuts and washer
1 smal bolt with nut and washers to tighten the perforated hanger iron
1 female P10 mono connector
1 male P10 mono connector
two way cable
Silicone Glue to seal

screw driver
soldering iron

Step 2: Assembly

Folow these steps to assemby your bass box:

1 - With a jigsaw, remove the bottleneck of the bottle (of course).
2 - Bend and cut the perforated hanger to fit the circunference of the bottle. Fix it with bolt and nut.
3 - Place the corner braces in position fixed by the perforated hanger as seen on the picture, matching the subwoofer holes.
4 - Coat the inner side of the bottle with a layer of acrilic blanket to minimize sound reverberation effect.
5 - Prepare the wiring, soldering the two way cable to the P10 female connector.
6 - Make a small hole near at the bottom of the bottle and fix the female p10 connector on it.
7 - Connect the cabe to the subwoofer before fix it to the bottle.
8 - Before fix the subwoofer, use the silicone in the bottle inner border.
9 - Place the bolts in the subwoofer as seen on the picture
10 - Place the subwoofer in the bootle, inserting the bolts in the corner braces holes
11 - Screw the bolts with washers to tighten the subwoofer against the bottle.
12 - Tighten the bolts in sequence with small steps to keep the balance of the tight.

Important Tips:

* As you already know, for speakers (especially woofers) to work properly, they must be in the proper size enclosure. The manufacturer can give you the required enclosure volume.
In my case, I needed 1 cubic-foot = 28,3 liters.
* You can attach more than one bottle to reach the perfect enclosure volume
* Enclosure Types:
When laying out a system, you need to decide what type of enclosure to use. No enclosure is magic.

A sealed enclosure will be the smallest (for a given response shape) and will have good low frequency extension but may not have the best low frequency extension. If space is limited, this may be your best choice.

A ported enclosure will generally have a better low frequency extension for a given response shape (alignment) but would require a larger enclosure. If you made the enclosure as small as the sealed enclosure but ported it to gain the low frequency response, the output would deviate from the desired flat response.

A bandpassenclosure can sound good and give you a flat response but most of the generic bandpass enclosures are not designed for a flat response. They are designed to impress you in the stores. This means that they are built to produce a large peak at some frequency near 60hz. These enclosures will work well with something like rap music but generally won't sound good with other types of music. If you use a bandpass enclosure, it should be designed specifically for your speakers.

If you're building your first system, I'd recommend a sealed enclosure. It is the simplest enclosure and will be the easiest to get right. A sealed enclosure only needs to be the right size and well sealed.

Step 3: Test and Results

After instalation and tests with R&B, Trance, Rock and others, I cound't be more happy!

The bass response was so good as with a wood box.

I'm impressing my friends: First I ask them to hear the sound inside the car and then I reveal the Bass Box made with a Water Bottle.

The sound is amazing! And It cost me only U$15!

Thank you for rate me!



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    23 Discussions

    I have to point out that there's several degrees of working, when it comes to audio.
    You'd have a much louder woofer and way less distortion if you used plywood of mdf. Plywood is actually better than mdf, since it's stiffer, and will distort less.

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    By plywood you mean marine grade 11-13 ply Baltic birch plywood which is extremely expensive. If you think you're going to make a decent box with no flex out of home depot C/C plywood you're sorely mistaken.


    That's the point. Everybody says that it only works with MDF or wood,but it works very well with a acrilic jar just because it doesn't deform, just like MDF.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    its not that it "only works" with mdf, its simply the fact that the resonant frequency is lower. in this build, the plastic being used has a higher resonant frequency, which influences the sound to a very large extent. especially when used in a sealed enclosure. if your not going for sound quality, use this. if you want high quality bass, then use something with a lower resonant frequency.

    Bigg Oskee

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I currently have a 12" sub in my trunk mounted in a 5 gallon home depot paint bucket that i bout for like $2 super easy to find anywhere

    1 reply

    yea lol ohhh dang he should have said ohh and p.s dont turn the amp up on max it has a slight chace of exploding

    Hey an amp (turns all the nobs on max and plays a note) BOOOOOOOOOM!!! (phone rings) Marty is that you? Yes Doc it's me. Marty meet me a Pine Woods Mall at 1:20 tomorrow. Ok, Doc what for? No time to explain, ohh and p.s dont turn the amp up on max. Ok, i'll keep that in mind (mean while it's recked)

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    8 years ago on Step 3

    I haven't done one myself but I hear that the concrete form tubes make decent speaker tubes as well...


    8 years ago on Introduction

    it looks like u dont have anywear for the recoil of the sound the backside of bass speakers are just as importain as the front output , what is the black foamy looking stuff thats surounding the magnet it may work tons better if you hooked your seaker threw the screw holes provided an not cutting off its recoil area as when you do that your streesing the fabric that is producing your sound


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Is a fiber or kind of wool made of acrilic
    also know as Perlon(tm).

    DIY Dave

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Cool, I hope I can find an old water jug somewhere. Do you have any ideas where I could find one?