How To Build Floor Standing Stereo Speakers
If you like the sound of big speakers, but do not want to shell out big bucks for a free standing floor speaker; you can learn how to build floor standing speakers on your own and save money. Best of all, when you learn how to build floor standing stereo speakers, you can build to fit your own dimensions and tastes.
Here’s what you will need:
- Four by eight foot sheets of plywood, depending upon how many you will need to create the size of speaker you want
- Circular saw
- Miter saw
- Paper to create a template
- Desired number of speakers
- Wood screws
- Tape measure
- Wood varnish
- Paint brush
- Four furniture casters
- Wood filler
- Medium grade sandpaper
- Electrical tape
- The first step is to make a plan. Take measurements and figure out exactly how big you want your speaker to be. Draw out a rough sketch of the dimensions, complete with exact measurements for the front and back, sides, and the top and the bottom of the speaker box.
- Decide how you will cut out the pieces from the plywood sheets that you will need. Lay the plywood out and do a pencil drawn measure of each piece. You will need to determine if your plan will work out before you make the first cut with the saw.
- Use the circular saw to cut out the wood pieces of the speakers. Be sure that you put on safety glasses, ear plugs and a dust mask before you begin. Carefully follow the pencil lines you have made. Cut out each piece.
- Using the actual speakers themselves as a guide, trace the diameter of each speaker face on a clean sheet of paper. Carefully cut the template out and use it to mark the holes in the front piece. Make one hole for each speaker.
- With the miter saw, carefully begin cutting out the speaker holes. Again, use caution and wear your safety glasses. Cut the holes meticulously. You will waste the wood of you cut the holes too large.
- Place the speaker faces through the holes. Carefully cut and splice the wires together. Wrap bare wires with electrical tape. Ground the wires carefully. Attach the wires to the main plug and be sure they are secure.
- Using a large drill bit, make a hole for the cord to run through. Thread the cord through the hole.
- Begin to put the pieces of the speakers together. Use the drill to screw the pieces together. Attach the pieces speaker sides to the front. Then add the back, top, and bottom pieces.
- After the screws are in, you can add wood filler to help disguise the holes. Allow the wood filler to dry completely before you move on.
- Sand the speaker with medium grit sandpaper. If you have chosen to fill in the screw holes with wood filler, use the sandpaper to make them flush with the rest of the wood. Smooth out the rough spots on the speaker.
- Apply the wood varnish to the speakers. Use smooth strokes for a nice finish.
- Attach the furniture casters to the bottom of the speakers. Follow the package instructions and secure the casters to the four corners of the bottom.
You are ready to test out the speakers. After you wire in the stereo, you can easily move the speaker around the room. Push the speaker carefully from the middle so that you do not topple the speaker over.