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Project by devann posted 02-05-2016 05:15 AM 1584 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my example of a shop/job site radio. After thirty years and five different brands of cordless power tools I’ve returned to using Makita. They now have a nice tool system , but I wasn’t impressed with the work radio they offer. Around six months ago I concocted the sound system in the last picture shown here. It’s framed out of some leftovers from one of my jobs.

The speakers I chose are Klipsch computer speakers that have their own 200 watt amp in the sub-woofer. I also purchased a Bluetooth module to have a wireless capacity for phones, tablets,& laptops that could be used as a music source. There is a bag I had made hanging behind the speakers for storage of cords, chargers, & such.

It is shown with a furniture dolly which is used most of the time to move it around. Not shown is a BBQ grill cover I use for protection when not in use. The BBQ grill cover is a big reason why I used some ipe scraps to spruce it up some. I was worried about tearing the cover on the bare metal corners. That and from a safety standpoint, sharp metal corners are not a good thing in the shop or at the job site. Besides, I think most on this site will agree that metal always looks better when covered with wood.

The dimensions are, H 31”x W 20”x D 26” without the dolly.

This speaker system is used at the job site, my shop, & I like using it on the back porch too.
Comments & criticism welcomed.

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





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hoss12992

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#1 posted 02-05-2016 05:57 AM

That will come in handy.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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Colin

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#2 posted 02-05-2016 11:12 AM

nice – my poxy little docking station is drowned out by every tool I have bar the pillar drill lol
thanks for the speaker info!

-- Live Forever...............or Die Trying

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ChrisK

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#3 posted 02-05-2016 12:47 PM

Nice, I to have a 10” powered sub in my shop. Makes a big difference in the sound. No fancy cart though. Cheap clearance receiver on a 3/4” CDX ply wood shelf.

-- Chris K

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devann

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#4 posted 02-05-2016 02:41 PM

Being portable was a key element in the design. It’s even been camping and to a couple parties. People like the Bluetooth, it allows others to play their playlist too. There is a three foot cable for non Bluetooth devices in the storage bag.

Yes the sub-woofer does make a big difference. It allows for some decent sound at lower levels. It will get loud enough to hear over power tools.

Just yesterday I was listening to music while ripping red oak on the table saw. The planer kinda drowns it out though.

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

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PaulHWood

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#5 posted 02-05-2016 03:08 PM

Motorize the wheels and I think you have yourself a robot. Better to only give it a short cord in case it turns on you.

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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JimInNM

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#6 posted 02-05-2016 04:03 PM

Very functional and good use of space..Nice job

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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ChrisK

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#7 posted 02-05-2016 06:15 PM

Darrell, I use hearing protection with an MP3 input when I am using the planar or sanding. I plug a Bluetooth to MP3 adapter into the head set. Works OK.

-- Chris K

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devann

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#8 posted 02-05-2016 07:07 PM

Paul, the robot idea sounds if I can get it to open the fridge and bring me beer.

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

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CFrye

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#9 posted 02-05-2016 10:06 PM

Nice set up, Darrell. I really like the hinged lap top shelf! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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woodbutcherbynight

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#10 posted 02-06-2016 03:51 AM



Paul, the robot idea sounds if I can get it to open the fridge and bring me beer.

- devann

When you get that detail worked out I want to buy one.

LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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vonhagen

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#11 posted 02-06-2016 08:40 AM

i love it and could you play some hank on it while i work lol. great work as always my friend.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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devann

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#12 posted 02-06-2016 12:26 PM

Thanks everyone for the complements .

Candy, the laptop shelf idea came as a luxury of building something, then getting to use it for several months before finishing it. Procrastination can be a good thing sometimes. It worked out well last week for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. There was little broadcast TV coverage.

I kinda built this on the fly. Didn’t really put a lot of thought into it before building the frame. Afterwards there was considerable thought about how to complete it.

Blaine, you want some Hank, no problem, got some Willie, Waylon & the boys too.

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

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Monte Pittman

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#13 posted 02-06-2016 01:13 PM

Very nice work. You should enjoy it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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