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How to Build Speaker Cabinets

Updated February 21, 2017

To build a good speaker takes some knowledge of circuitry and wood working. The cabinets that house the speakers are usually made from wood and can vary in style. The first thing to consider is the size of the box needed to house the speaker desired. Keep in mind that this process can be quite complex for the avid sound technician.

Design the box to house the speaker in the method desired. Cut the ¾ inch MDF pieces with the table saw cutting two pieces for the front to give the speaker the needed strength. Cut the hole for the speaker and the speaker wire connections with the jig saw. Make all cuts as precise as possible.

Place glue between the two front pieces and secure them with the screws. The area that shows the screw heads will be the backside of the front.

Glue the remaining pieces together with the bar clamps leaving the front for last. This will allow the sealing of the inside of the cabinet with the silicone caulk to ensure an airtight fit.

Once all parts are secure and tight, place the speaker in the hole and attach the speaker wires. Secure the speaker to the cabinet with the wood screws.

Cover the cabinet with a desired covering.

Tip

Always wear safety glasses. Allow glue to set firmly before installing the speaker. If using multiple speakers in one box, enclose the area behind each speaker and line the inside with “egg crate” foam.

Warning

Do not raise the table saw blade any higher than necessary to make the cut.

Things You'll Need

  • Speaker
  • Bar clamps
  • ¾ medium density fiberboard (MDF)
  • Drill
  • 1 ¼ inch wood screws
  • Silicone caulk
  • Caulk gun
  • Wood glue
  • Jig saw
  • Table saw
  • Framing square
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
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About the Author

Michael Straessle has written professionally about the construction industry since 1988. He authored “What a Strange Little Man,” among other books, and his work has appeared in various online publications. Straessle earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in professional/technical writing.