I got this idea for these speakers from the internet (this Danish guy hifi4all.dk/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=91167&PN=2) and decided to give it a go. The reasoning behind this was that I got rid of my tower speakers because they weren't compatible with our three cats and I got tired of lifting the speakers back up from the floor all the time. I started looking for new and smaller speakers and got the idea of trying to build a pair myself. I had never done anything like this, so it felt intriguing. This whole project started back in february 2016 and I worked on it here and there when I had the time. It was finally finished six months later in late august. Total costs for the pair ended up being roughly 210 EUR. Now, if I had all the parts ready, the building process would probably take a day or two to complete (paint job not included).
My next audio project is going to concentrate on building a subwoofer for these two. It will probably take a bit longer as I have zero experience building these things and I have to do some research first.
Four bowls are needed for the two speaker enclosures. These cost about 12,50EUR per bowl back when I bought them.
I used this small foldable workbench to keep the bowl secured. The pink hue is from a UV-light hanging above our chili and tomato seedlings.
The only saw I saw is the saw I saw with.
After two bowls had their bottoms sawed off, it was time to sand the edges and surface of all bowls. I also made marks for the screw holes.
I ordered these binding posts from eBay. The cost was about 6,50EUR for two pairs.
I used a 4mm drill bit to drill the holes
The speaker element I used is a Tangband W4-657D. Price was around 35EUR per speaker. I ordered these from Germany and the total cost ended up being 90EUR.
I used epoxy and a hot glue for the first speaker. The glue gun turned out to be a mistake as the glue cooled off way too quickly.
A huge gap was left between the bowls because of the hot glue's premature hardening. I ended up ripping the bowls apart, removing the old glue and using only epoxy on the whole thing.
They were starting to look better than I had anticipated, which in turn made me raise the bar regarding the looks of the speakers. Hard times ahead…
This was my initial idea for what I wanted for the legs. I bounced around a few different ideas (such as a ring under the bowl etc.) but I liked this one best. Little did I know, that the search for suitable legs would take so long.
After a huge amount of time looking (roughly 4 months), I finally found some leg candidates for the speakers that were both functional and pleased my eye. I found these particular drawer knobs from a local store and ended up choosing the one on the left. This project was practically at a standstill until I found these.
The legs fit perfectly! A friend of mine promised to do the paint job for me.
These ended up getting a white high gloss finish. My friend did an absolutely amazing job. My painting skills would've probably resulted in something resembling a white orange. The seam was also filled with putty and sanded before painting. Images from the painting process are still coming, so I'll have to add an update later.
I added roughly 160 grams of lamb's wool inside the speakers (80g per speaker) before attaching the speaker element in place. Unfortunately I don't have pictures from the attaching process, but it basically required me to solder two wires to the speaker and connect them to the terminal posts. Then I just stuffed the enclosure full with wool (not too tight though) and screwed the speaker element in place.