Monday, November 19, 2007

Old Stereo Speaker Table

Check out what I made....

If there is one thing I am not..its overly handy. It is a sad fact but I admit it, and know my limitations.

I read in a magazine one time about a person that made a cool table out of an old stereo speaker. It seemed pretty easy (and cool looking) so if I ever was given the chance to try I was going to do it. The cool part is you can do this for about $10.00 (probably less) and in about 20 minutes.

What you need:
An old used, unwanted speaker cabinet. A trash pick is probably your best bet.
- four rolling casters (wheels) I got them at a local "Big Lots" store for $1.49 each
- screws to attach wheels (in case you don't have them)
- a box cutting knife (or "exacto" knife)
- a hammer/screwdrivers (both Phillips and flat)
- wire cutters

Step one -
Get your speaker ready for the transformation. Here is the image of the one I found.

Step 2
With your knife gently cut off cover (aka the black fabric front of the speaker) Cut around the frame of the speaker. You will probably feel a raised edge, use that as a guide. The speaker I used had the fabric wrap over the top and it was tacked to the underside of the grill. You might need a hammer and screwdriver to separate the two. Chances are the speakers you are using are not very "high end" so they should actually come apart pretty easily.

Step 3
Pull any wires out that might be connected. You might need wire cutters, but they can get pulled. This is the inside of the table so few will see it.

Step 4
At this point you should have the base as well as the top separated. Unscrew the "frames" around the speakers. Again you might need your flat head screwdriver to give the speaker a little pop. The small speaker can be tossed out but save any screws. This speaker had a small "frame" around the tweeter that was saved.

Step 5
Remove the woofer speaker the same way. Again save the screws and "frame" just in case.

Step 6
Take your knife and carefully, along the edge of the speaker cut all of the paper cone out. It doesn't need to be saved and at this point your speaker is beyond repair

Step 7
Flip the speaker over and attach the four rolling casters to the corners. Since I didn't have a ton of room to work with, and knowing the wood is not that thick I only placed 3 screws per corner. The fourth (the most "inside" screw) would go through the thin board to "nowhere". Since the unit is not meant to be sat on this will be sturdy enough. It will look like this....

Step 8
Here we are almost done. I removed the speakers from tweeter (the top smaller one) and the woofer (the bigger speaker). At this point reattach those "frames" using the screws. You will notice a nice "basket" where the woofer was. This keeps a bowl perhaps too small from falling through.

Step 9
Find your favorite beverage vessel as well as a bowl that fits "just right" and there you have it.

**the finished product**

You can probably go crazy w/paint or what have you. The cool part is every table will be a little different since some had 2 or 3 tweeters.


At Monday, November 19, 2007 9:34:00 AM , Blogger Dim said...

Wow, pretty awesome!!

At Monday, November 19, 2007 10:44:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is too cool! Bowl of chips and a beer is what would be in mine...

At Monday, November 19, 2007 10:50:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed no power tools were used.
The problem with "newer Speakers" is I have cup holders larger that the speaker!

At Monday, November 19, 2007 12:05:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wings and dip

Chips and salsa

Cookies and milk

Popcorn and soda

At Monday, November 19, 2007 12:48:00 PM , Blogger March2theSea said...

bbs..correct no power tools. There would be bloody images if I were to do that!

At Monday, November 19, 2007 2:20:00 PM , Blogger Ello - Ellen Oh said...

VEry cool! I like it! Did you leave the lid unsealed so you can use it as storage too?

At Monday, November 19, 2007 3:08:00 PM , Blogger March2theSea said...

ello - storage..good idea..I wonder about adding some hinges even..hmmmm

At Monday, November 19, 2007 4:02:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moooove over Handy Manny it's March to the job!! Very Well done!! Very Kid friendly no chance of snacks being thrown off the table!!


At Monday, November 19, 2007 5:10:00 PM , Blogger Jenny G said...

That's awesome!

At Monday, November 19, 2007 8:02:00 PM , Blogger Steve H said...

hold on, i have to go to the basement and find the old unused set of bose....

At Tuesday, November 20, 2007 11:15:00 AM , Blogger psacake said...


MOBB actually did a handymans' type task and lost not a drop of blood.


Other enhancements.. you could breakout the powertools and cut new speaker holes in the side(s) drop in some boomin' car speakers and have a true speaker table.

At Wednesday, November 21, 2007 10:25:00 AM , Blogger jenni said...

How cool!
Happy Thanksgiving. :)


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