Passive speaker boxes for an iPhone.

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Project by devann posted 02-19-2015 06:48 AM 5330 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw some of these on LJs here a couple weeks ago. Luv2learn had built some pretty nice ones, I liked them, so I thought I’d give it a try. These are the batch that I made. Because my planer is currently 300 miles away I was limited to what 1/4” stock I had lying around. They’re made from Longleaf Yellow Pine that was first a barn, then reclaimed for the Civic Center ceiling in New Braunfels, Texas. I was the installer so I keep some of the drops for future projects. The legs are made from ipe.

Three of the four boxes were spoken for. Two of the three went to close friends that are also some of my best customers. We have butted heads in the past over logo placement, I like for it to be discreetly hidden, I put it on everything I make at the shop. Both of the customers are in the want to see it camp. So I put it front and center on all of them. It’s done with a branding iron I made, that I heat with a torch, doesn’t always come out so well. That’s why I like it out of sight.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#1 posted 02-19-2015 07:23 AM

Looks good from here!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 02-19-2015 08:13 AM

What sort of wiring have you got in those bad boys? And do you get any resonance out of your boxes??
I keep thinking about a pre-amp or something to run a decent sized speaker – I’m not a big fan of one watt per channel :-(
Yours look goood, wish we could hear em!

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#3 posted 02-19-2015 12:48 PM

Wooden speaker boxes always look great

-- Sergio, Galicia (Spain),

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#4 posted 02-19-2015 01:11 PM

These are really nice. Lovely looking timber. Did you line them with anything, or shape the inside to throw the sound? I’m guessing the “passive” means no wiring or such like?

Nice job,


-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#5 posted 02-19-2015 02:40 PM

Cool project!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 02-19-2015 04:35 PM

Thanks everybody for the encouraging words.

No wiring Collin, just boxes with hole that I made too big imo. The ones that Lee made that I referred to had 1.75” holes. The closest to that I had was a 2” holesaw. I sent pics to a friend and he told me that he built some and thought a 1” hole sounded best.

I do have a small Bluetooth speakers that I use when I ride my bicycle that I’m thinking about building a box for it just to see what how it will sound. It would be notched to hold the powered speaker & still access the buttons on top of the speaker and hold the phone so I could use it in the kitchen while cooking.

Garry I did experiment somewhat during assembly. the first one I did I didn’t like the sound so I cut & installed pvc pipe that was closer to the depth of the box. Turned out that was a dud, but I wasn’t going to tear the box apart to remove them. I was making an extra anyway. I also thought that it would be a better idea to put the phone nearer to the back of the box, that was a good idea.

In hindsight, I think if I try to make any more they will just be a piece of 1.5”/2” pvc pipe with a slot cut in the center for the phone to rest in, and a couple of wooden legs to hold it in the horizontal position. Wont be as pretty as wooden boxes, but will probably sound better and be easier and quicker to make.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#7 posted 02-19-2015 09:17 PM

i dont often look through the project page, when I do, I rarely comment so I digress

sometimes I see concept ideas where I am pretty sure, theres money, like owning a bank in the idea, not necessarily the prototype, but the concept, the idea is good and if tweeked a bit, could be a hot seller because I think anyone and everyone who clings to technological bling, like an iphone, the latest and greatest, often lack the skill to fabricate wood into art but have deep pockets if

in the past I’ve made a wee bit of money in building speaker cases, and I know thats its not so simple to bang a box together that sounds good, let alone looks good, and many people do a lot research, but my guess is that a few of those who drop a grand on a phone every year, want to not just show it off, they want it mounted on something that exemplifies their needs and desires and will pay for it, to one up their peers : )

I like it : )

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#8 posted 02-19-2015 10:40 PM

Those are really cool. Great job

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#9 posted 02-19-2015 11:20 PM

Thank you Moron for the thumbs up. I agree with your assessment about how some just want to show off their stuff. I know some that I think like to take it still further. Like the purchaser of one of the above boxes. He’s a good friend and has become a pretty good customer. He buys picnic tables & birdhouses from me and gives them away to his friends as birthday gifts. He is also one of the people that I build stuff for that insist on me putting my brand in plain sight rather than discreetly hidden.

I remember as a young man my dad, a gear head & hot rodder let my try some pinstriping. He told me kid, a good pinstriper can sign his name legibly and cover it with a dime. Well I didn’t make it has a pinstriper.

The speaker boxes that I made for this project I believe sound terrible, especially the one that I put the pipes in to try and improve the sound. I first saw some of these a couple weeks ago posted by luv2learn and somebody mentioned what a good Valentines day gift idea. So I thought I’d make my teenage daughter one. The iPhone used in the pictures was borrowed. Hey I had to get the hole the right size. I did just recently get an iPhone, no I didn’t get the latest and greatest. I thought those are too big. I was happy with my ol flip phone but it had gotten to were it wasn’t working properly and I grew tired of people telling me what an old dinosaur I am.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#10 posted 02-19-2015 11:27 PM

Thanks hoss. I was recently looking at porch swings and saw yours. Nice, I liked it. Try and stay warm up there. My brother took my sister-in-law to work Monday and when I talked to him yesterday he said she had been at work all week. Other workers couldn’t get to work and it’s pretty difficult for her to get back home.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#11 posted 02-20-2015 01:00 AM

Well, even if they don’t sound the best, they still look great!

You might try, in your next revision, making a baffle system, like an old-style megaphone (the type college cheerleaders use) to focus the sound out the front of the speaker. I’ve seen speaker boxes like this for phones, and people say they sound pretty good.

Good luck, and keep posting your boxes!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#12 posted 02-20-2015 05:57 AM

thanks Dean. I think if I try something like this again it’ll be more plastic, less wood. The current box I doing is a birdhouse. More rustic,less polish.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#13 posted 11-03-2015 11:10 PM

again awesum work

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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