W-pod speaker (Ipod speaker from recycle).

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Blog entry by mafe posted 08-30-2012 10:59 AM 6347 reads 18 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

W-pod speaker
from recycle parts

For a long time I have been using computer speakers as sound system at the workshop.
The speakers were playing really well, but they were as usual dead boring to look at and could need some more mass to make better sound.
Also I am a Lumberjerk so I needed a speaker that fitted this…


The speakers are Phillips computer speakers, the box an old veneered sofa table top and the logo from an old Noris slide projector all found in the trash.
(The hand plane is my Norris A5, just thought the names was a fine fit).

It all started by opening the speakers and gently taking out the parts.

Here the tabletop with mahogany veneer is cut roughly.

Holes made for the speakers.
And carefully fitted to the amplifier board’s volume control, power, led and so on.
I choose some brass rod to make extenders, this because it would give a retro look to the speaker.

Then sealed the speakers and made two bass reflex tubes to enhance the bass.
I needed to do a little solder and made a wood holder for the amplifier.
The sides were given some stain to make it match the mahogany.

Test fit.

Closed up.

Test play – it plays really well, and a much better than in the plastic cabinet.
I am actually really surprised – cool.

Then glue.

And lunch.
My wonderful Sisse make homemade dark bread, this is a dream with a good cheese and a cup of espresso.
Ohhh yes and after a good tobacco, life is sweet.

Now working.
The brass tubes are from left to right: earphone, power, power LED, bass boost, bass boost LED.
The one the side is volume control.

The back: bass reflex tubes and cables out.

I-POD stand and some fabric on the speakers (this I removed again).

And here in my home.

I think retro in a Lumberjerk way…


Hope this blog can bring some inspiration to others or even better bring some old computer speakers into a new life.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 08-30-2012 11:06 AM

Great adaptation. I’m sure the sound is far better with the wooden speakers. Can you share the bread recipe as well?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 08-30-2012 11:08 AM

Excellent use of repurposed “Upcycled” materials.
Nicely done!

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#3 posted 08-30-2012 11:11 AM

Very nice looking Mafe,
Now you just have to do the same with the ipod itself (you could fit it inside the Noris plane, blade adjustment knob to select songs and a light tap with a mallet for play/pause)

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#4 posted 08-30-2012 11:11 AM

Very nice “free-cycling” build. And I love the Noris badge juxtaposed with the plane!


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#5 posted 08-30-2012 11:57 AM

Outstanding build, Mads! Love it! :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 08-30-2012 12:43 PM

Great job, Mads. That is a fine looking speaker!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 08-30-2012 12:49 PM

Very nice! I may have to do something similar soon. I have no tunes in my shop.

-- I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different. -Kurt Vonnegut

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#8 posted 08-30-2012 12:53 PM

Jam on Mafe, jam on

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 08-30-2012 01:38 PM

I like that. Good job and design. I may have to do that for myself…...

-- Brock, Illinois

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#10 posted 08-30-2012 01:42 PM

Very cool project!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#11 posted 08-30-2012 01:58 PM

Very cool. Now just do the same with the Ipod. encase it in a piece of rosewood.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#12 posted 08-30-2012 02:31 PM

Cool looking speaker Mads, but my eyes keep moving towards the infill plane next to it for some reason. The whole shelf and it’s contents is really nice.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 08-30-2012 02:31 PM

That came out really well. Amazing what can be done with “waste”

My old Granny used to bake brown bread every day. Just out of the oven….... oh man, delicious.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#14 posted 08-30-2012 02:39 PM

I love the funky steampunk feeling about the whole set-up. And I agree 100% that adding a bit of warmth and style to the sterile plastic high tech tools we just today is a move in the right direction.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#15 posted 08-30-2012 03:26 PM

I use computer speakers too. I think I’ll have to make a “W-pod” speaker myself. Thanks for the inspiration Mads!

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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