Pair of Microphones

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Project by SchwartzTheYounger posted 12-24-2014 11:32 PM 577 views 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every Christmas, my wife’s family has a big “Rockin” Xmas Eve celebration. Everyone comes prepared with a skit, musical performance, comedy routine, etc. Basically, we all bring the entertainment (and no video recording is allowed…thank God). This year it was decided that we would do a Lip Sync Contest (think Jimmy Fallon). I decided that a proper lip sync contest needed microphones. Since we are lip syncing the mics don’t need to work, so why buy when you can build.

The mic heads were a couple of couch feet I had lying around. I took a hammer and nail set to them to get the dimpled look. Before I started I drew a couple lines around the center, and I didn’t hammer within those lines to give it the look of a band going around it. The main body of the mic is a 1 1/2 inch rod. I drilled and threaded a hole on both ends (one for the mic head and the other for a 2 inch all thread). The all thread is so I could change the ends; this way the mics could be corded or wireless.

The stands are made with black pipe and a 3/4 inch dowel rod. The base is made from 2×4’s edge jointed and glued together. I shaped the base a little on a router table using a raised panel bit. The base had a hole drilled through the center and I threaded the black pipe into it. At the top of the pipe I drilled and tapped a hole for a thumb screw so that the stand could adjust up an down. The mics have a 3/4 inch hole drilled in them at an angle, and they just sit unglued on top of the stand.

They are finished with spray paint. Nickel for the mic heads and black for everything else.

Now I just need to practice my songs…uuuugh.

-- Eric Schwartz (Versailles, KY), Bliss is teaching your son to use a tool.

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