Boombox Hardware

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Adamal posted 10-02-2013 06:33 PM 956 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Adamal's profile


58 posts in 1421 days

10-02-2013 06:33 PM

I’m gonna build myself a boombox for my laptop, ipod, etc. I plan on using hardwood and maybe practice my dovetailing.

My plan is to use one of these amps – which are pretty amazing for the price – and integrate it into a box that’s about 16”W x 9.5”H x 9”D. I’m going to bring out a 3.5mm jack to the front for the input and I’m also considering hiding the whole thing and bringing just a power switch and volume control on the front panel (I don’t plan to use the tone controls).

On each side, there’s gonna be a homemade speaker using this plan.

I was originally going to make one big box, but I sort of like the idea of being able to separate the speakers. My question is, does anyone have an idea of way to attach/detach the speakers that’s fairly clean? I know many boomboxes have two long dovetails (always plastic) that allow the speaker drop down onto the main unit. I was thinking of something like that only in brass. I’m afraid wood dovetails wouldn’t hold up.

Any ideas would be great!

I figure if I can nail this, I’d have a great gift for some younger folks I know.

8 replies so far

View Rick M.'s profile

Rick M.

7699 posts in 1800 days

#1 posted 10-02-2013 06:44 PM

Do you need detachable speakers? The boombox in my shop has them but I’ve never once detached them and if I did, it would be to mount the speakers to the wall. My stereo never leaves the shop. Brass is a fine idea but drawer slides are often made of wood and hold up just fine.


View Jimbo4's profile


1420 posts in 2183 days

#2 posted 10-02-2013 07:35 PM

You play that thing in my neighbor hood and you’ll be shot!

-- BOVILEXIA: The urge to moo at cows from a moving vehicle.

View chrisstef's profile


15464 posts in 2427 days

#3 posted 10-02-2013 07:40 PM

huh ^

As the saying goes . you can pick your nose, you can pick your butt, but you cant pick your neighbors.

I like the design. I could use a more slim line speaker set up in my shop.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

View Adamal's profile


58 posts in 1421 days

#4 posted 10-02-2013 08:15 PM

Thanks all!

I understand exactly what you’re saying about detachable speakers. I thought the same thing since I’ve never separated my speakers from my Sony box. I just figure that if this thing sounds as good as I hope, I might well want to separate them for better imaging. Plus, it would be cool!

As far as neighbors go, I live in the woods!

View Rick M.'s profile

Rick M.

7699 posts in 1800 days

#5 posted 10-02-2013 10:38 PM

Well coolness is always a good reason in my book. Really I think you are safe with wood but brass would add some bling and bring a lower profile.


View JoeinGa's profile


7369 posts in 1427 days

#6 posted 10-02-2013 10:41 PM

Find some nice small brass hinges. The pins usually just slide right out.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

View RPhillips's profile


1110 posts in 1256 days

#7 posted 10-03-2013 12:28 AM

Not sure what you’re attaching it to, but I’d use french cleats and mount them to the wall.

BTW, appreciate the link, I’ll be making a pair of these in the future.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

View Adamal's profile


58 posts in 1421 days

#8 posted 10-03-2013 02:03 PM

Rob, just picture a standard boombox with the detachable side speakers. Only nice and made out of wood.

Rick, you’re right about the brass. Maybe I’ll just put in a couple of long vertical dovetails. It would be a nice touch.

For those that might be interested, there’s a lot great links for plans for highly regarded, proven speaker designs.

Here’s a few links:

Paul Carmody's Designs

And this place has plans/kits for many of the most popular designs floating around:

Meniscus Audio

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

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