How to Build Speaker Cabinets

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How to Build Speaker Cabinets
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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.

Skill level:

Things you 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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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    Cover the cabinet with a desired covering.

Tips and warnings

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

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