Speaker Stands: Almost a reality

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  1. JeffTodd

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    ***Added more pics to the site. 2 complete stands with a brand new pair of JBL S26's to grace them.***
    Ok, after much work I am just about finished with these speaker stands. I have one that is constructed, but not finished yet. I had to bring it inside because I was so excited about finishing it. Now I have to finish glueing the second one and then stain them both. I figure by Thursday I will be done.
    www.toddbros.com/cudanet/diy.htm
    This is what I have done so far. For a first time project I am pretty pleased.
    And whoever said that you do DIY because its cheaper is wrong. With all the time that I have spent on these getting them just right I could have just bought a pair of cheapo stands. But the experience is what makes it addictive. I am already asking myself what is next.
     
  2. Dan Steffen

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    Looks very nice. Have you noticed any instability with those or is the base large enough to prevent easy tipping?
     
  3. Hank Frankenberg

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    Todd - a very good job! They look nice and elegant. You're now an official D-I-Y-er. The affliction is life-long.
     
  4. JeffTodd

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    Dan,

    I have not noticed any instability. The 12" base does the job well. I plan on installing spikes as well which should do away with any possibility of instability.

    Hank,

    Thanks for the good words!!! I have the second stand glueing up and when I get home from work I will begin process to stain them. I picked up Minwax's Natural stain along with the wood conditioner and some satin fast drying polurethane to finish it up with. This is what the guys at Home Depot recommended. I have tested on some scrap maple and found that 2 coats of the natural stain look better without the conditioner. Any thoughts here before I go crazy with the brush?

    Also, lifelong affliction? Definitely. I will have to make something for the woman so that I can continue to justify my tool purchases.
     
  5. Hank Frankenberg

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    Personally, I don't like stain. I like a wood's natural color. You shouldn't have any trouble with a light stain, which is what "natural" sounds like. Pre-stain conditioner is good for open-pored woods like oak, and for other woods if you're using a dark stain. If your sample looked good without using the conditioner, it's probably because your stain is very light, so that's fine - go for it.
    You've got the strategy for ongoing tool acquisition: build her something first, then buy the tool, then build her something else, then buy the next tool...[​IMG]
     
  6. JeffTodd

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    The natural stain is a very light one indeed. I didn't want something to mess up the nice maple that I have. I will be sure to post more pics as they become available.

    -And when she let me buy a random orbit sander she thought that would mean that I would spend less time in the garage. A nice power sander only means that I can sand longer because my arms aren't tired as quickly.
     
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    Some updated pics with new speakers!
     

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