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My wife loves listening to music and typically just fires up a playlist on her phone. It was time for an upgrade. Could've just bought one but where's the fun in that. However, she is a very special lady and that meant a simple box would not suffice.

A quick LJ search led me to Steve's post DIY Bluetooth Speaker and his Youtube video which shared a link to Parts Express. Bought their "60 Watt Powered Bluetooth Speaker Package with 3 Full-Range Drivers. Based off further research, I added the 1" tubes cut to 3" in length. They also recommended interior volume of 208 cu in for each speaker for best sound.

Each speaker box is made laminating 8 pieces of 3/4" Baltic Birch ply with inside cutout of 4.25" x 8.125" resulting in an interior volume of about 207 cu in. Outside dimension of each box is 5.5" x 9.5" x 7"

To make up the front and back panels, I glued up a walnut and a cherry panel. Used the same template and a 3/4" pattern flush trim bit on each panel. Cut through the groove and smoothed with a flush trim bit. By carefully aligning the pattern when routing each panel, it allowed me to mix the walnut and cherry during the glue up. The stripe inlay is made up of maple, cherry, and walnut. I first tried the stripe with 5 pieces but they broke when I test clamped them before gluing. Back to the drum sander to make thinner replacements. Front panel is glued on, the back panel is held by 4 screws. Finished with lacquer, sanding with 320 between each coat. After finishing, the two boxes were bolted together. The slight twist between the boxes was intentional for a little more visual attention.

Mounting the switches, plug ins, and lights were a challenge. They are pretty much designed to be mounted in a thin metal or plastic panel. None of them had anywhere where near the 1/2"+ thread depth needed to reach through the back panel. I used forstner bits to drill recesses into the back of the back panel deep enough to allow adequate exposed threads to secure them. The Parts Express kit included everything needed to wire it up.

The build overall was a challenge but the end result was worth it. It sounds great! Most importantly, my wife LOVES it!!!!

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Nicely done! Having crafted many of these before and after finding out about Parts express, I can say I fully appreciate what you've created here.

-LL
 

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Good….
 

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Nice looking speakers. I like the walnut/cherry side separated by the curved lamination.

The same speaker parts have been sitting out in my shop waiting for me to build the enclosures for almost a year.
 

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Thanks for the kind comments.

The same speaker parts have been sitting out in my shop waiting for me to build the enclosures for almost a year.

- EarlS
Earl, last year, I came across a clock mechanism kit that I had bought at least 6 years prior. Finally built my daughter the clock I was supposed to make her years ago. Time to pull that speaker kit out and get to building. ;^)
 

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Awesome job! they looks great, I am sure your wife love them!
 

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Those look fantastic. Thanks for the great description. I am putting those on my to do list.
 

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Excellent work on those speakers!!!!!!!!!

Jim
 

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I really like these. I can tell a lot of skill went into the build. I'd like a set of stereo speakers that looked like this set.
 

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Beautiful speaker. I love the custom look that can't be bought in a store!
 

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Those are gorgeous!
 

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Nice looking speakers. I like the walnut/cherry side separated by the curved lamination.

The same speaker parts have been sitting out in my shop waiting for me to build the enclosures for almost a year.

- EarlS
Yeah Earl! It's time to get to work buddy. I wanna see when you get done!!
 

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Just… WOW! Beautiful speakers, and the kind of project I've been considering for a while now. Well done!
 
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