Big Sound from Wood

  • Advertise with us
Project by FloridaArt posted 03-15-2017 12:12 AM 1006 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

March, 2017—A friend liked an earlier model so he asked for two for his daughters. They both amplify the sound playing on a smartphone. That’s an iPhone in the photos. The smaller amplifier is made of a piece of hardwood from a log that a friend dropped off. The larger one is pine. When it comes to the megaphone acoustics, size does matter. Both are finished with a light stain and water-based satin poly.

The primary tool on these is the band saw. The router is used to make the slot for the phone, and to round-over some of the edges. These are fun and I’m getting smarter on each one.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

8 comments so far

View Woodwrecker's profile


3977 posts in 3147 days

#1 posted 03-15-2017 02:45 AM

Nice job Art !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

View  woodshaver (Tony)   's profile

woodshaver (Tony)

4436 posts in 2925 days

#2 posted 03-15-2017 02:58 AM

Cool project Art! This is a much needed addition for most cell phones! Well done!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

View Roger's profile


20394 posts in 2376 days

#3 posted 03-15-2017 10:08 AM

Those are very cool Art. I’ll bet they do boost the sound nicely.

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

View FoundSheep's profile


14 posts in 28 days

#4 posted 03-15-2017 12:50 PM

Very cool. The hardwood one has nice figuring.

I know these have been made before, but are there principles to the shape/size for maximum performance? Or is it a trial and error process?

-- -Will, FoundSheep Designs

View helluvawreck's profile (online now)


24779 posts in 2438 days

#5 posted 03-15-2017 01:13 PM

This is a very creative project and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

View drbyte's profile


743 posts in 3634 days

#6 posted 03-15-2017 03:09 PM

Great job. IS there anything inside the horn to keep the phone from actually sitting down against the bottom and blocking the phone speaker?

-- Dennis, WV

View bondogaposis's profile


4208 posts in 1923 days

#7 posted 03-15-2017 03:10 PM

I like these, very cool.

-- Bondo Gaposis

View sawdustbob's profile


3 posts in 363 days

#8 posted 03-18-2017 11:00 PM

Wow, Art. I need one, badly. You sure do impressive work !!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics