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Project by woodgraver posted 11-10-2013 03:48 AM 2202 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fun little CNC project with a laser engraving twist. Behind the wood panel there are pathways cut to domed cavities. The sound just travels through these pathways and the dome shape directs the sound towards the listener. I’ve seen quite a few of these, but thought it would be neat to actually make a speaker grill to cover the openings.

-- Jim Pyle, Woodgravers, Federal Way, WA, http://www.woodgravers.com





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#1 posted 11-10-2013 04:44 AM

The speaker grills look great!

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#2 posted 11-10-2013 02:16 PM

Been wanting to make one of these. Really like the speaker grill detail! Wonder how I could duplicate that without a CNC?Thanks for sharing Jim.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 11-10-2013 02:33 PM

Wow! Very nice wood selection and laser engraving.

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#4 posted 11-10-2013 03:17 PM

Candy,
It may be hard to tell but the holes are actually hexagons…that said, I think you could just drill holes and the difference would be imperceptible. Just print the pattern for the holes on a piece of paper, glue it to the wood, then drill each hole as accurately as possible. After you are done you can sand off the paper.

Thanks,

Jim

-- Jim Pyle, Woodgravers, Federal Way, WA, http://www.woodgravers.com

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#5 posted 11-10-2013 03:43 PM

Thanks Jim. I thought it had a honeycomb look to it. Did you back the grill with anything?

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 11-10-2013 07:10 PM

Candy, No backing, I used a piece of 1/8” Mahonany and have used Walnut on others. It is strong enough to hold up but I did do another pattern that was more intricate and it was very fragile and I nearly destroyed it a couple of times with my clumsy hands ;)

Jim

-- Jim Pyle, Woodgravers, Federal Way, WA, http://www.woodgravers.com

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#7 posted 11-10-2013 07:59 PM

Nice job, where did you find the plans? if you don’t mind me asking

-- Measure twice, cut once.

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#8 posted 11-10-2013 10:01 PM

No plans…just winged it after seeing one at Rockler. Just measured my iPhone and drew a rectangle that was a tiny bit larger. Then made two circles about 2.25” in diameter and connected the iPhone speaker port to the two circles with 1/4” wide channels. I used a 1.5” core box bit to cut 1” deep in the 2.25” circles and then a 1/4” end mill to cut the channels and hog out the area for the iPhone. The overall dimensions 12” x 4.5” were just guesses as to what would look good. I’ve seen ones with only one speaker and it works just as good. One thing of note, the iPhone only has one speaker (bottom right side when looking at it from the front). It looks like there are two, but the one on the left is a microphone. My first attempt didn’t have any sound coming out of the left speaker…took some research to figure that out :)

-- Jim Pyle, Woodgravers, Federal Way, WA, http://www.woodgravers.com

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#9 posted 11-10-2013 10:31 PM

Now that’s badass!

-- WestCoastWoods.weebly.com

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#10 posted 11-11-2013 03:25 AM

How’s it sound?

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#11 posted 11-11-2013 01:06 PM

I saw the Rockler kit and was intrigued…though I didn’t purchase it. Very cool speaker grills.

Thanks for sharing!!!

Chris

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#12 posted 11-11-2013 02:35 PM

The speaker on the iPhone isn’t the greatest, but it is pretty cool how the wood improves the sound. I’m not sure if this will work, but I posted a video at the below link:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ti7f924f8j079u0/iPhone%20Speaker.mov

-- Jim Pyle, Woodgravers, Federal Way, WA, http://www.woodgravers.com

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#13 posted 11-13-2013 03:39 PM

Very cool speakers! Great idea and love those awesome grills. Great job!

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