What Are the Best Tips for Making DIY Speakers?

C. Daw

Diy speakers are do-it yourself speakers that can be made easily by following a few simple techniques. These diy speakers can be good for simple to extreme usage, and they are very cost effective as well. They do not require a large amount of electronic or carpentry knowledge, and they only require a few simple tools to produce a working set of speakers. The most important tip to remember is that the steps involved should be followed in the exact order given, and should never be arranged differently in the hopes that the project will go faster. Cutting the pieces to the desired sizes is always the first step, making sure the back and front are the same, and the sides match each other as well. Then the pieces are put together, using good quality wood glue and screws, and if the speakers are going to produce a lot of bass, then they will need to be sealed with a foam sealant to prevent the wood from rattling.

A speaker.
A speaker.

The first tip when building diy speakers is to cut all the pieces first. Take exact measurements for what is needed and begin by cutting the front and back pieces, including the hole needed for the speaker, or speakers, that are being enclosed. Cut the sides and top and bottom, making sure that they fit inside of the edges that have already been cut. This is an important step that needs to be planned carefully, because if the box being made is not air tight, the speakers will not sound right, and the box will not last long because of the constant pounding from the bass.

Only basic carpentry skills are needed to make DIY speakers.
Only basic carpentry skills are needed to make DIY speakers.

The next tip is joining the pieces together. When building diy speakers it is imperative to use wood glue and screws, not nails as most people suggest. Nails will easily pop out after the speaker is used, which will decrease the quality of the sound and make it necessary to make regular repairs. If the speakers that are being added into the box produce a lot of bass, then it is also necessary to fill the inside edges with a foam sealant to maximize the sound and increase the life of the box. When sliding the speaker into place be sure to use screws and sealant, if a seal was not provided with the speaker. It is best to build some external ports for the speakers in the back of the box, so be sure to wire the inside of the box before securing the speaker into place.

The final tip when building diy speakers is to remember that the speaker is fragile and can be punctured very easily. Design some type of cover to go over the front, using solid felt or clear plastic, whichever is desired. Make sure that this cover is brought out far enough that it is not touching the speaker, but still effectively protects it from damage. One thing to keep in mind is that each speaker purchased will have inside diameters of the box used in order to increase the sound and quality of the speaker. So if a specific speaker is being used, make the box according to the specifications given by the manufacturer.

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