My first DIY. Plaster speaker stands!!!

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  1. Michael Ipp

    Michael Ipp Stunt Coordinator

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    Mold was $40, took 2.5 25lb bags of plaster. Very solid, nice and heavy.
    I still have to wet sand the top. This pic was taken about 2 hours after it was poured
     
  2. Michael Ipp

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    Dont know how I got double posts, how can I delete one?
     
  3. Looks good..but I have one concern. Being solid plaster, are you worrying about any contraction induced cracking once the center of the column dries out and completely sets?
     
  4. Chris Carswell

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    I'm not sure about the cracking. I got mine hollow then filled them with sand. They worked really good for my surround speaker stand.
     
  5. Michael Ipp

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    Thanks. As far as the cracking, well unfortunatly I guess I will have to wait ans see. I never really worked with plaster. I will just keep an eye on it for a while.

    Maybe some pillows around it in case it crumbles with my speaker on it.


    Chris - Did you buy yours pre made? If so, where and how much?
     
  6. Patrick Sun

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    The other thread has been deleted.

    Will you entertain painting the plaster speaker stands if it makes for a better match with the decor of the room?
     
  7. Sebastian

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    Nice job, but did you know you could by plaster stands at Michaels for about 30-40 bucks?
     
  8. Chris Tsutsui

    Chris Tsutsui Screenwriter

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    That looks like a greek plant stand with a space ship on top.

    Sorry hehe, I like the idea of using plaster...

    For one of my studios I carved a replica of the B&W nautilus Prestige speakers out of plaster. I also drew a charcoal picture of them sitting in my room. Nobody in my class has ever seen or heard about them so I got away with ppl thinking I have them.
     
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    Sebastian & Michael Ipp,
    Don't laugh, but I got mine at WALMART (I said don't laugh) for $12 a piece + a can of black spray paint for $.88, sand from the backyard was free so I got speaker stands for $25 [​IMG]
     
  10. Michael Ipp

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    Patrick - I might try to use the "marble" paint kit and see how that goes

    Sebastian - I looked but could not find any. I also went to gardening stores and home depot. I eventually bought a bird bath, tunred it upside down and painted it. Too big for the speaker but now it is my TV stand.

    Chris - I wish I could have found that!!! But I'm not complaining, the place where I bought the mold from is quite excited about the new use, she is going to put my picture on the web site.
     
  11. Phill O

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    I'm sure that since you did it your self.
    You got the exact height that you wanted.
    Looks good from my house[​IMG]
     
  12. Michael Ipp

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    I finally found the stands at Michael's that were mentioned. Wanted to see them before I did anymore stands. I have to say I did not like them. They were hollow and had a metallic ring to them if you tapped it. Sure you can fill it but also each one had some sore of crack or chunk missing. I would not feel safe with my speakers on them.
    A little update on my project... painted it with Crack paint, pretty easy and pretty cool paint. I had the urge to start crackling everything in the house.
    [​IMG]
    The funny thing is I designed these stands to match my marble nOrh's. Now I think I am selling the nOrhs. Does it ever end? [​IMG]
     
  13. Rick Wilson

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    Thanks for your idea. I saw this post last Friday and I finished my new stands last night. They are not plaster but are some type of resin. I added 10 pounds of sand to each and they currently weigh 27.5 pounds each. The wife painted them with the black stone paint then added gold and silver highlights. 3 coats of gloss polyurethane were added last. I took my old metal stands apart and used the bottom plate with spikes and the top plate.

    Thanks again!

    I tried to place a photo here but I do not have a place to put it on the web to link to. Is there an area in this forum to store photos?
     
  14. Dave Poehlman

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    Michael, the stands look cool! Especially with the crackled paint.

    Did you seal the plaster with anything to keep moisture out of the plaster?
     

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