How to build a wood jukebox

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How to build a wood jukebox
Juikeboxes can be ornate or made from simple wood construction. (Michael Blann/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Old-style jukeboxes worked by using a mechanism to play a 45rpm record. However, newer versions of the jukeboxes are digital and play the music using a computerised system. If you want to make your own jukebox out of wood, a frame is needed. Instead of building a frame you can use an old wooden podium. All you need to do is to connect the electric components that are needed to play a digital music file.

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Things you need

  • Podium
  • Powered speakers
  • Power drill
  • Jigsaw
  • L-bracket
  • Screws
  • MP3 player
  • Hook and loop

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  1. 1

    Place one of the powered speakers on the top left inside corner of the podium. Trace around the perimeter of the speaker to create an outline. Repeat this step on the top right inside corner.

  2. 2

    Drill a ¼-inch hole at each corner of the outline with the power drill. Insert the blade of the jigsaw into a hole and cut along the outline.

  3. 3

    Drill a ¼-inch hole through the top of the podium with the power drill. This will be used to connect the speakers to the MP3 player.

  4. 4

    Drill a ¼-inch hole through the bottom of the podium for the speaker's power cord.

  5. 5

    Place an L-bracket on one side of the podium so it is level with the bottom of the cut hole. Secure the L-bracket to the side of the podium with screws using the power drill. Repeat this step on the opposite side.

  6. 6

    Set and secure the powered speakers to the L-brackets. Run the power cord for the speakers through the hole in the side of the podium. Plug the small end of the power cord into the "AC In" port that is on one of the speakers.

  7. 7

    Put the MP3 player on top of the podium. Place hook and loop on the top of the podium and the back of the MP3 player. This will keep the MP3 player attached to the podium.

  8. 8

    Run the connector cable for the speakers up through the hole in the top of the podium. Plug the end into the MP3 player.

  9. 9

    Plug the power cord for the speakers into a wall outlet. Turn the volume control for the speakers so it is ¾ of the maximum volume. Turn on the MP3 player and begin playing music.

Tips and warnings

  • Position the back of the podium against a wall so the inside is not seen.
  • A touchscreen computer can be used to play MP3 files if you do not want to use an MP3 player.

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