Inked Oak Center Channel Speaker Stand

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Project by delturcious posted 06-27-2011 01:54 AM 6005 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a stand that would put my center speaker as high as possible but without going above the bottom of the window trim, which of course meant a custom solution. I already had inexpensive stands for the other 2 front speakers but wanted this one to match the black grain pattern on the speakers. What’s the solution? INK. It’s a perfect black stain that’s ridiculously easy to use. I failed with Minwax ebony and some chemical concoction recipe that used rusty nails (!) but I should have just done this to begin with. Topped with a coat of poly it came as close as I’ll ever get to the target finish.

It’s held together with 4 recessed screws on each side and has rubber feet to help it stay put. The overall design is close to the existing stands but with nicer wood.

-- Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.

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#1 posted 06-27-2011 01:59 PM

Where did you get the ink, and what was the cost of it to do the whole piece. I have a similar project for a similar room and would like to get the same black wash as the Onkyo speakers I have.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#2 posted 06-28-2011 12:39 AM

I think I got the ink from Oriental Trading (32oz Speedball Super Black India Ink) but they don’t seem to carry it now. A couple Amazon sellers have it for $20ish with shipping. It’s been PLENTY to do a number of poster frames and I don’t think I’ve even touched half the bottle.

I think AC Moore still stocks a really small bottle, but if you use a 50% off coupon it’ll only be a couple bucks. That way you can play around with it and see if it’s worth ordering a big one for your projects. It’s super easy—no sanding, no need to remove excess, doesn’t show brush strokes, and it dries REALLY fast. One coat is typically enough unless you missed a spot.

-- Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.

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