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D.I.Y Speaker stands in under 2 hours.
« on: June 21, 2014, 11:33:53 PM »
Hi Gents

I had a choice to make. Either fork out R700- R3000 for speaker stands for some Akai speakers that I have or build my own. I did not want to fork out any money on speaker stands so I decided to look around the house at what I had lying around and build my own.

I am really not good with my hands. I always say that I get paid to think and not work with my hands and if I can do this any one can..

http://s25.postimg.org/4lc1oyx9r/speaker_stands_1.jpg

Everybody that sees them think they are store bought steel stands. Infact they are plastic and wood. I had all the stuff lying around the house.

I used some scrap wood lying around and cut them into 4 pieces for the top and bottoms. I used some other scraps to cut 4 mounts to mount onto some 2 x pvc pipes I cut to desired lenghts. I glued the mounts to the pvc pipes with a hot glue gun.

http://s25.postimg.org/61s5kupkf/speaker_stands_2.jpg

http://s25.postimg.org/u6sv2k9v3/speaker_stands_3.jpg

I did the bottom mounts first, the glue set quickly and then I filled the pipes with sand to ad some weight and make the stands more stable.

http://s25.postimg.org/dkbathgxb/speaker_stands_4.jpg

Then I glued the tops and after the glue dried I just sprayed the stands with primer and then I used a can of high heat black spraypaint I had standing around from a previous pc chassis I refurbed.

http://s25.postimg.org/yihgrkgrz/speaker_stands_5.jpg

Everybody that sees them think they are steel because the hot glue when set looks like welding if you spray paint it.

http://s25.postimg.org/poqkagttb/speaker_stands_6.jpg

http://s25.postimg.org/y89y8825r/speakers_stands_7.jpg

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Re: D.I.Y Speaker stands in under 2 hours.
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2014, 06:58:29 AM »
Not too shabby in under 2 hours at minimum cost

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Re: D.I.Y Speaker stands in under 2 hours.
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2014, 07:23:59 AM »
I also build these a while ago

« Last Edit: June 22, 2014, 07:52:37 AM by Little Johnny »

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Re: D.I.Y Speaker stands in under 2 hours.
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2014, 01:10:01 PM »
My problem is I dont trust the stuff they use for the hot glue. I have had "hot glue" let go over time and on a warm day.

I wouldnt want your speakers to come tumbling down one day when you are at work and the sun shines on those stands in the summer.

I must say though, that the stands are really cool looking.
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Re: D.I.Y Speaker stands in under 2 hours.
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2014, 04:05:06 PM »
My problem is I dont trust the stuff they use for the hot glue. I have had "hot glue" let go over time and on a warm day.

I wouldnt want your speakers to come tumbling down one day when you are at work and the sun shines on those stands in the summer.

I must say though, that the stands are really cool looking.

Good point. Think I will use carpenters glue on the next ones.

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Re: D.I.Y Speaker stands in under 2 hours.
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2014, 04:10:55 PM »
I don't know 'carpenter's glue' but perhaps you should use Pratley white or Pratley Steel epoxy. The to be bonded surfaces should be roughed to make a better bond. Even then, I would be careful with speakers and try them out first with weights on top until you are sure the stands won't break.

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Re: D.I.Y Speaker stands in under 2 hours.
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2014, 06:27:25 PM »
I don't know 'carpenter's glue' but perhaps you should use Pratley white or Pratley Steel epoxy. The to be bonded surfaces should be roughed to make a better bond. Even then, I would be careful with speakers and try them out first with weights on top until you are sure the stands won't break.

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The speakers they carry are bookshelves. They have been on them since yesterday afternoon. I went pretty heavy on the glue so I will give them two weeks with the speakers on them and after that I think we can safely say the glue will hold. They are pretty steady with the sand in. There are other ways to this if you spend more time on them. Then a threaded rod through the whole stand with nuts and big washers on either end that's countersunk into the wood. But I wanted to do these at no cost just by using stuff I had lying around and because I just use those little akais to test amplifiers and tt's with I really don't care if they fall. Will give me an excuse to build new rosewood verneer cabinets for them then.. The other wooden ones I'm going to use for a pair of big goodmans gmagnum speakers I got.

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Re: D.I.Y Speaker stands in under 2 hours.
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2015, 02:41:04 PM »
Some innovative ideas. Thanks.

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Re: D.I.Y Speaker stands in under 2 hours.
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2015, 01:19:55 PM »
Some comments on the hot glue, you could use PVC wield.

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Re: D.I.Y Speaker stands in under 2 hours.
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2015, 02:03:30 AM »
Simply BRILLIANT!

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Re: D.I.Y Speaker stands in under 2 hours.
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2015, 01:56:39 AM »
My next project- DIY Electrostatic speakers in under 2 hours.  :goofy:





Just kidding. Its a DIY cork turntable platter mat. :)

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Re: D.I.Y Speaker stands in under 2 hours.
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2015, 05:04:05 PM »
Wow.. thats fantastic!  Wish I had the skills to do that.   :thumbs:

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Re: D.I.Y Speaker stands in under 2 hours.
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2015, 04:01:41 PM »
Do consider the SIKA range of adhesives - I have experience in yacht manufacturing and believe me - EVERYTHING on a yacht gets bonded, even the deck to the hull - glue and ONLY glue....sticks like  :cr@p:
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Re: D.I.Y Speaker stands in under 2 hours.
« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2015, 04:46:06 PM »
The hot glue designed to stick polythene has much better adherence properties than the regular glue sticks.  You can also use it outdoors since it is UV resistant, but is as easy to use as the regular stuff

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Re: D.I.Y Speaker stands in under 2 hours.
« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2015, 03:23:10 PM »
very nice.
Thanks.