WIP: DIY Marble Base Speaker Stands

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Jin E, Dec 2, 2003.

  1. Jin E

    Jin E Second Unit

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    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.

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    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!

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    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
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    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.
     
  2. Allen Ross

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    not bad, but not really my cup of tea. let us know how it comes out.
     
  3. Owen Bartley

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    Yeah, I think I'd go piano black too. Its going to be tough to find something to go well with the colour of that marble. Post some pics and let us know how they turn out!
     
  4. Dave Poehlman

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    Piano black might be tough to do on that post with the texture and all. Actually, those things are made out of recycled plastic, I believe, and are designed to resist moisture. You may have trouble getting paint to stick to it at all.

    Not trying to rain on your parade, here... just saying you should test your finishes on a scrap piece first.

    Keep us "posted" on your progress. (hahaha!! man, I've got a million of 'em!)
     
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