I like to listen to music while I’m in the shop. Until today, that meant hooking my iPod up to some junky computer speakers that were all the way on the other side of the basement (where the power is). Even cranked all the way up, I could barely hear the music unless I was doing something quiet like drawing plans.
I had an aftermarket car stereo and some speakers sitting on a shelf from a car I recently sold, and when my sister gave me her old pc with a bad motherboard, I finally had a source of power. After about a week of moving the whole rats nest around from workbench to table saw to RAS to router table, I decided that I needed a better system. I rarely get spare time to work on the workshop itself, so I made the best of a few extra hours on a rainy afternoon and built a case for the stereo and power supply and some speaker boxes out of scrap plywood that I had laying around. The emphasis was entirely on function. I could have spent more time making this pretty, but I have a lot of other things that I should be spending my time on (don’t we all). So here it is, my hacked together workshop stereo system:
The power supply and stereo are in a box on my tool chest.
This rats nest of wires will get cleaned up and tucked away. I am only using the 12 volt rail now, but I may put the 5 volt and 3.3 volt wires to some lugs so I have those voltages available if I need them for electronics testing
The speaker boxes were made from some 3/8” plywood, glued and tacked together with my finish nailer.
I put a cleat on the back of the speaker box so I can hang them on the wall once I get those cleats mounted.
Or they can hang on either side of the stereo box.
The only thing missing now is the iPod connection, but I should have the necessary cable in the next week or so. For now, the radio and CD player are just fine. Once I get walls up around the shop, I will probably move the main unit right outside the shop door so I don’t have to worry so much about dust. For now, I’ll just try to keep it clean.
-- Jesse - Cape Cod, MA