Drive in speaker

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Project by hairy posted 03-12-2021 03:25 PM 934 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, I’m done with bluetooth speakers, at least until next time.

This thought popped into my head and it came together fairly quick.

I did have to make a jig to cut the slots for the grill. Box joint /dado jig.

The first dado is cut against the back fence, the rest is just like cutting box joints.

Aspen 4 and 1/2” x 4 and 1/2” x 7 and 1/2 ” Acrylic paints and Mohawk Dead Flat lacquer spray.

Rockler single speaker kit

-- I still love you baby, but I sure don't want you back... Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 03-12-2021 03:49 PM

Dang, Hairy. I thought it was a vintage drive-in speaker! Well done! Do the wires out the back serve a purpose?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#2 posted 03-12-2021 03:52 PM

yes, it’s part of the illusion.

It’s just a rubber grommet and wires epoxied into it.

-- I still love you baby, but I sure don't want you back... Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

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#3 posted 03-12-2021 04:06 PM

Zowee – I thought you ripped it off the post and forgot to return it. Great look alike.

-- socrbent Ohio

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 03-12-2021 04:29 PM

That’s remarkable, Hairy! Great idea and excellent execution! I love the dangling wires out the back.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 03-12-2021 04:48 PM

Great job and I too thought it was a real one you managed to snag from somewhere.

I’m guessing a couple of generations have no idea what it is tho. =(

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#6 posted 03-12-2021 05:10 PM

You nailed the patina and brought back some memories from long ago.

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#7 posted 03-12-2021 06:10 PM

Interesting design. I bet half of the lumberjocks never saw one before.

I worked in a drive in theater when I was in high school and college. Replaced and repaired a number of them. The last time I was in a drive in was the early 1980s.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 03-12-2021 07:44 PM

Old School memorialized. Well done hairy.

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#9 posted 03-12-2021 08:01 PM

Cool gadget…I’m fascinated what can be made of wood

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 03-12-2021 08:54 PM

I had to do a double take as well, looks like a few I’ve seen where they drove off with it still on the car 8^)

Cool retro speaker!

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#11 posted 03-13-2021 01:15 PM

That is just so creative! I know who to contact when I finally start one.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#12 posted 03-15-2021 02:59 AM

Wow!!! Very Realistic….Those Drive In Speakers bring back memories.

Well done on a most unusual and creative project.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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