Started a new speaker stand project tonight. I wanted something a little different from the PVC/MDF/Plywood stands I've seen DIY'ed. At the local kitchen supply house at the local strip mall I wound some marble pastry boards (12" x 16") for $12.99 each. I thought they would make great looking feet for a DIY Speaker Stand project. On top of being nice looking, the Marble really helps add mass down low to help stabilize the structure. I took a masonary bit and drilled a hole in the center to run some all thread rod to tighten the top and "post" to. Instead of PVC I'm trying out a composite decking post found for about $18 at Lowes. If you've ever seen the composite decking, it's some pretty neat stuff. The deck post comes in 4 x 4 posts in 54" length. It's VERY dense like MDF, and should add quite a bit of weight to the finished product. I'm guessing just the post itself is close to 10lbs. It has a cavity that runs through the center, perfect for the allthread to run though to attach to the top plate. When cut in half that just about fits my 28-30" finished length I was looking for perfectly! Tomorrow I will make the "top" and start the finishing process. I plan on using an adhesive between the post and the marble to keep it from moving around. Total cost so far including tax: Marble Bases: $28 Allthread Rod: $3.50 Nuts and washers: $1.00 Composite Post: $18 9 x 11 MDF scraps: Free from previous Projects Finish for posts and top: Unknown Adhesive: Unknown/Undecided Masonary Bit: $3 --------------------------------------- Total to date: $53.50 Not sure what color/finish I want to do with the top/post. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Right now I'll probably just shoot for a piano black finish.