|Project by FloridaArt||posted 05-15-2016 04:04 PM||1116 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
May, 2016—One of the woodworking subscriptions I have sent along a project to make a sound amplifier for smartphones. I had no idea! So I Googled some keywords and discovered there are dozens of designs and techniques out there! To try my hand at this I took this blank, which was originally intended to be a band saw box with drawers, and decided to see if I could make a passive “boom box” for my smart phone.
This is the result, and I’m calling it my prototype. Good learning experience. Sound wise, it works fantastically! My friends are amazed to hear the before / after sound difference when inserting the bottom of my cell phone into the slot on the top. Wow! I made this specifically for my Motorola Droid Turbo 2, and have since discovered that it also works with two different sized iPhones.
The tricky part on this is making the slot on top after it’s all glued up. I used a small trim router and cut it without a pattern jig, so the slot is not perfect (see close-up photo). The back-rest hides the unevenness of the rear of the slot. More importantly that back-rest turned out to be a great idea to support the cell phone. Now that I’ve done this one I can think of some ways to do the slot with the band saw, prior to the sides going on.
-- Art | Bradenton, Florida