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Project by thewoodmaster posted 02-21-2015 12:28 AM 2100 views 9 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been using a small radio out in the shop. I grew tired of having to plug my phone in to it and not being able to hear it while using tools. I have a stereo from my last truck that has bluetooth, so I thought I should use it in the shop. YouTube, being the glorious thing that it is, had a plethora of videos on how to use a computer power supply to convert the 110v to 12v and use it to power a car stereo. Since the case is made of wood, this is technically a woodworking project.

I made the box, then cut the lid off. I wrapped it in felt and used a bunch of road case hardware to make it look sweet. I put a fan in the top of the box to draw air out of the box. I’m hoping that will help minimize the dust that collects inside. There is a switch that operates this fan and one that acts as an ignition switch. That way I can turn it off without having to lose memory, just like in your car.

The wiring was the most challenging part, but this was a fun and quite satisfying project.

-- dan "insert pithy woodworking coment here"

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#1 posted 02-21-2015 01:09 AM

If she sounds as good as she looks, you’re ready to rock the ‘hood!

A suggestion: Put a filter where the cooling air enters the box, to keep the dust from being drawn in. A lawnmower air filter should work well, as it’s rectangular, and has a rubber gasket.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 02-21-2015 11:09 AM

“I wrapped it in felt and used a bunch of road case hardware to make it look sweet.” Coolest thing I’ve read all day!

Great project!

I have an old Eclipse deck that’s been sitting in the attic for way too long… I may need to put it to use if I can find some speakers at the pawn shops. Maybe I can incorporate the old car alarm as a security device so no dang teenager tries to jack my system!

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#3 posted 02-21-2015 02:17 PM

Sweet, if it goes in the shop to assist your woodworking, then its a woodworking project – or maybe a jog.
If you find that you are getting dust inside the enclosure, maybe turn the fan around so as to pressurize the cabinet, and keep dust out. Of course you’ll nneed a source of clean air, so filter it well, or pipe in in from outside.
I have a radio, CD, tape player that gets pretty dusty, thought about a cheep plastic drop cloth enclosure for it with plenty of excess room inside, just haven’t got to it yet.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 02-21-2015 06:28 PM

Nice project. It caught my eye because I’m planning a similar build. I want to build a jobsite radio using powered computer speakers w/ sub woofer. It will be made with a metal frame holding the speakers, a power strip to run the speakers, charger for the tool batteries, & a place to charge cell phones.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#5 posted 02-23-2015 03:42 PM

Nice project! But if air is coming out top of box, it has to be going into box somewhere else! Maybe a small hole on back with a little filter would help. Great job. Love these kind of projects too!

-- Dennis, WV

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