|Project by workislove||posted 12-06-2012 11:56 AM||5082 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
This is a pair of speaker stands that a friend asked me to make as a holiday gift for someone. The first picture is the stands at home on my computer table, and the second picture is a sketchup model with the speakers. Unfortunately I don’t have a real picture with the speakers.
He gave me the dimensions, and just told me to make it look good with white models of these speakers. I chose peruvian walnut for its dark chocolatey color, but got a bit of a surprise when I cut into it and found the infamous milky streaks throughout the board.
In the end I worked with the milky streaks, and really like the effect they created. The splotches on the end grain are not perfect – but they darkened a lot when I put a finish on the stands. They are finished with polished semi-gloss laquer – my first attempt at using a spray laquer.
Also, he asked for them to be “as heavy as possible.” The peruvian walnut I used was very light, so I had to install some weights. At first I planned to use steel or lead buckshot, but then I found some 6 oz lead fishing weights that fit perfectly. I drilled holes in the middle parts of the stand with a forstner bit, and epoxied in the lead weights before gluing all the pieces together. Each stand is just over 4 lbs.
Here is an Instructables.com walkthrough of building the speakers
-- Seth Newsome, CA, http://www.sethnewsome.com