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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:46 pm 
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I'm considering making a pair of speaker stands out of some 10" x 10" timbers
I think it would be a pretty easy process, Just square up both ends and there you go
Has anyone done this and if so how did it work out
I'm a little concerned they might be a little top heave, I would make them 24" high

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Hardwood or softwood? How well dried/cured is the wood? Is it one solid piece or glued up from smaller timbers? How do you intend on cutting it true enough to be and remain stable?


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Not quite sure what you mean by 'squaring up the ends'. Do you mean butt joints?

OB's questions are also a good place to start.

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Something simple like this.
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Would probably be more stable than some of the cheaper crap out there. I would suggest something on the bottom for levelling. It might be tough with such a small footprint but should be possible.


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I love the picture posted by AudiOhm ..Ideally that is what I would want
But I'm quite sure they would be very expensive
The wood would probably be a Hemlock or maybe a old pine timber
And yes they would have to be kiln dried
Squaring up the ends would be the only problem..I would Imagine if I bought the lumber at a mill they would have the equipment to square them up?? I would hope
My other thought was to laminate a bunch of 2 x 4 kd pine together and run some big old lag bolts through them
This is all just a thought right now and I would appreciate any input
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-- 15 Feb 2017 22:23 --

I guess if they weren't perfectly squared up I could put 4 lag bolts in the bottom to do the fine tuning


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I would probably do a 12x12 hollow plywood or mdf box and fill it with... Sand, cat litter, etc... It depends on your wood skills and material available, and budget.


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You would only want three adjusters at the bottom. Much easier to stabilize of in a triangle layout compared to a four corner arrangement


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markmiata wrote:
I love the picture posted by AudiOhm ..Ideally that is what I would want
But I'm quite sure they would be very expensive
The wood would probably be a Hemlock or maybe a old pine timber
And yes they would have to be kiln dried
Squaring up the ends would be the only problem..I would Imagine if I bought the lumber at a mill they would have the equipment to square them up?? I would hope
My other thought was to laminate a bunch of 2 x 4 kd pine together and run some big old lag bolts through them
This is all just a thought right now and I would appreciate any input
Thanks

Ah. Sorry for misreading your original post.

Wide posts like that will have a tendency to split 'radially' across the top as they dry. Often such splits may run the entire length of the post (from top to bottom in this case), especially if the posts are relatively short. Getting kiln dried wood will help, but even then you may get some splitting when you bring it into a warmer environment.

Composite or laminated posts would likely be more stable, but even there you would still have to watch it.

You can find examples of people making large, complex laminations on DIY Audio (for speaker cabinets or horns), and they can still split but can also be quite beautiful as well when done right.

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I too always wanted to build a 16x14x12 frame type stands out of 1" square tubing, then I can rotate it as how high I need it to be, so it will work like a 3 in 1 kind of a stand.


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markmiata wrote:
I love the picture posted by AudiOhm ..Ideally that is what I would want
But I'm quite sure they would be very expensive
The wood would probably be a Hemlock or maybe a old pine timber
And yes they would have to be kiln dried
Squaring up the ends would be the only problem..I would Imagine if I bought the lumber at a mill they would have the equipment to square them up?? I would hope
My other thought was to laminate a bunch of 2 x 4 kd pine together and run some big old lag bolts through them
This is all just a thought right now and I would appreciate any input
Thanks

-- 15 Feb 2017 22:23 --

I guess if they weren't perfectly squared up I could put 4 lag bolts in the bottom to do the fine tuning



I'd consider best of both ideas -- build sturdy plywood boxes that can be levelled and filled with sand and then laminate your good-looking wood of choice over the plywood. Easy to make, easy to change or to move. Probably less expensive than trying to use quality timber and have it made into what you want.

Solid wood tends to warp, split and be difficult to work.

But it can be very beautiful as art.


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markmiata wrote:
I'm considering making a pair of speaker stands out of some 10" x 10" timbers
I think it would be a pretty easy process, Just square up both ends and there you go
Has anyone done this and if so how did it work out
I'm a little concerned they might be a little top heave, I would make them 24" high

Thanks

What speakers are you going to place on them?

The Stand at 2 feet should be as wide as the speaker or more.

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AudiOhm wrote:
markmiata wrote:
I'm considering making a pair of speaker stands out of some 10" x 10" timbers
I think it would be a pretty easy process, Just square up both ends and there you go
Has anyone done this and if so how did it work out
I'm a little concerned they might be a little top heave, I would make them 24" high

Thanks

What speakers are you going to place on them?

The Stand at 2 feet should be as wide as the speaker or more.

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To which I would add that the base of the stand should be at least 10% bigger than the speaker resting on it for stability. I would keep the tops of the stands no bigger than the speakers to avoid diffraction effects.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:55 pm 
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The plywood box would probably be the best idea but would take quite a bit of work and I don't have all the tools that would be needed
I'm not sure if a 10 x 10 timber actually measures that size..The speakers are 8" wide
Thanks for all the great suggestions. I know using a solid piece of wood does create some problems
I may have to rethink this lol!!


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