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making speaker stands yourself.

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by dAvE6, Sep 19, 2001.

  1. dAvE6

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    just about to get a pair of B&W 602's for the fronts and i was wondering wether its possible to make my own stands for them. they will sound much better than being perched on window sills amoungst stuff. any suggestions how i could do it cheaply?
     
  2. dUnKle

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    I made a pair of stands for my Tannoy M2s which are now used as my rear speakers and they improved the quality of the sound no end.

    They were made along the lines of this ( apologise in advance for difficult to understand instructions )

    ( 1 ) get 4 pieces of wood cut to the same dimensions ( width wise ) as the speaker they will be supporting, make them a height of your choosing, but I would say between 3 or 4 foot should be ideal for front speaker duties.

    ( 2 ) screw these pieces of wood together making a box which should be as wide and broad as your speakers and at this stage hollow.

    ( 3 ) get a piece of wood the exact dimensions of the hole at each of the box you have just built. Screw one to the bottom of each box, screw one to the bottom of each speaker.

    ( 4 ) fill the box with sand, make sure you bake the sand first in the oven and put it into a pin bag befor going inside the box.

    ( 5 ) slot the speaker onto the top of your box, it should be a nice tight fit and if you have done this correctly it should look like the stands are now part of the speaker.

    ( 6 ) screw in from the side of the box into the piece of wood which is attatched to the bottom of the speaker.

    you should now have two very heavy and solid speakers which can be positioned as you choose. Be careful they will be very very heavy
     
  3. dAvE6

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    thanks a lot. its quite a complicated process. how did you manage getting it right?! i find putting flat packed furniture difficult, let alone starting from scratch! got any pics?
     
  4. dUnKle

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    It was actually very very easy to do !!

    Measure the width of each speaker and also the depth of each speaker. Then go to your local wood merchant and get 4 pieces cut to the width of your choice and the height ( this will be the front and back of your box ) then get 4 pieces cut to the depth and height ( this will be your sides )

    If you ask nice the wood merchant will help you choose quality ( but unexpensive wood ) and even sand it for you. If you ask even nicer they will actually constuct the box as well.

    I think mine, including sand cost no more than 25 pound and that includes the varnish and paint !
     
  5. Ars longa, vita brevis

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    how's yer welding?

    get one piec of steel about a foot square, mark a centre point.

    get a pice of steel pipe, about half an inch thick, cut to height weld to base

    fill pipe with lead shot or sand

    get a similar piece of steel to the base plate, cut it slightly larger than your speaker, weld to top of pole

    add spikes to base to go through carpet and to top plate to sit speaker upon

    spray paint to desired colour.

    that's a very basic description of the construction of retail stands, however i think duncan's suggestion would be a bit mor pleasing to the eye and easier to construct with few tools.
     
  6. riddler

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    If your not of a DIY nature just a pair of atacam se24's at approx £65 for the pair its money well spent
     
  7. dUnKle

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    Do not wish to blow my own trumpet but the stands that I have said how to build are more secure and well built than any I have seen for sale. They improve the sound of he speaker no end and if built correctly just make the whole thing look like one BIG speaker
     
  8. dAvE6

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    so dunc, its advantageous to make them STURDY and HEAVY with sand? i cant see how this would improve sound besides reducing vibration.

    k what about using thick acrylic grey tubes with MDF platforms top and bottom? or wouldnt that be as good as a sand filled box?

    <a href="http://www.hometheatertalk.com/ubb/Forum7/HTML/000864.html" target="_blank">http://www.hometheatertalk.com/ubb/Forum7/HTML/000864.html</a>

    check those guy's out.
     
  9. Jim Robson

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    " (4) fill the box with sand, make sure you bake the sand first in the oven and put it into a pin bag before going inside the box."

    Perhaps it would be easier to buy Kiln Dried sand which is readily and cheaply available from most DIY stores? What's a pin bag when it's at home? Perhaps a typo for a bin bag? <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0">

    Regards

    Jim <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
     
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