- an amplifier I bought off ebay (TA2020 amp) Ebay Amp link
- Red Leather Piece from eBay
-3.5mm jack and 2.1mm dc jack
-speaker cloth from joann fabrics
-Gorilla glue for everything
Can add power management for lithium batteries using a chip such as http://www.ti.com/lit/ds/slusad2b/slusad2b.pdf
1. SAW SHITCut wood to size using saw. I used a saw such as this
I measured the wood many times before cutting to be as accurate as possible with such a tool. The dimensions I used were 9in X 7in X 5in, taking into account the thickness of the wood, the final dimensions of the box were, 9in X 7.5in X 5in
2. GLUE SHIT
The next thing I had to do was glue all the wood together. Gorilla glue (a foaming polyurethane glue) was used because of its strength and ease of use. Be wary of its foaming characteristic before use. Before gluing two pieces, it is recommended to wipe a slightly damp paper towel on the wood. Water acts as a catalyst for gorilla glue. You will notice that a spot of glue with water mixed in it will foam much more than one without. The glue dries in no more than 30 minutes and is extremely strong.
3. PUT A LID ON DAT SHIT
Once you have the box glued together you need to make the lid, I used one piece that fit perfectly in the box, and one that rested perfectly over the edges and glued them together. This provides a tight seal with no need for screws. The lid was veneered with patina copper using gorilla glue. A hole was then drilled and a push button was screwed in.
4. CUT HOLES
The next thing you need is holes for your speakers! I used a hole saw because it is easy, very easy. You can see the holes in the picture below
|Holes cut using hole saws, little holes in upper corner are for dc and 3.5mm audio|
5. PUT DEM SPEAKERS IN
Hopefully you cut the holes right! Good thing you measured twice! Slide those speakers in. I decided to mount the speakers on the inside for durability and looks. It might change the sound, but I tried mounting them inside and out and noticed no difference listening to the same tracks carefully.
One advantage of mounting the speakers inside is that they are much more protected from being poked and scratched.
|Speakers mounted on outside, eventually mounted on inside after careful consideration|
6.CUT DA LEATHER BRUDDAH
I spent some time thinking about how to cut the leather. Either I could cut three circles, putting speaker cloth behind each hole, or I could cut one larger rectangle enveloping all three speakers. The problem with the three holes is it looked like a face to me, so i went with the large rectangle. I carefully measured and cut the square and glued on the leather over some speaker cloth!
7. PUT IT ALL TOGETHERWire everything up with some soldering and heat shrink tubing,
dc jack -> pushbutton -> amplifier
3.5mm jack -> amplifier -> speakers
|Coke for scale|
8. LISTEN TO BLACK EYED PEAS
Just kidding, kinda
9. ADDED COPPER SURROUND
I wrapped little cooking bamboo skewers with the copper using gorilla glue. I first glued the sticks to copper sheet, let it dry, and then wrapped. Looks fresh.