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Forum topic by Adamal posted 10-02-2013 06:33 PM 1064 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

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#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.

-- Rick M,

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

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

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#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.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#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!

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#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.

-- Rick M,

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#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

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#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...

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#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

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