Pair of Speaker Stands

Pair of Speaker Stands

After an intense first year of graduate school at the University of Washington, I took a break from Seattle life to return to Spokane and produce this personal project along with a commission (a dedicated post for that to follow!). I have been needing a pair of speaker stands to accompany the stereo rack I did in 2018, but I lacked the time to dive into it until recently. I moved into a new place a few months ago with my partner and the new space presented a fine opportunity to design something that went well spatially with our living room, complimented the previous work, and displayed my improved skills. These stands hold the upper speakers at ear height when sitting on a couch while the lower box is sized for storage/display, or in my case a second pair of speakers. They are low and ideally would sit on a low-profile stand to tilt them back, but I prefer the lean look of them sitting flat inside the compartment. Scroll to the bottom for more info about the design!

 

 

Each stand features a 1/2" Baltic birch plywood box measuring 10" w x 17" h x 11" d. The walnut splines in the boxes give them extra strength to act as sheer support, stiffening the unit from racking. There is a little chip out on the corners due to the saw, but they're the best I have done so far (a combination of masking tape and a light utility blade cut). The top of the box sits at +24", which puts the speaker cones at about ear level when sitting on our living room couch. The cherry legs are formed from 4/4 cherry boards, tapering from about 3-1/2" down to about 1-1/2". I used a half lap with oak dowels to create strong, aesthetically pleasing joints. The legs and connector stick up above the plywood by about 5" as a safety rail, ensuring the upper speakers (or an object placed there) do not easily fall off of the stand if bumped.

One of the primary aims was ease in moving/shipping, so designing with disassembly in mind was critical. Four hex-drive machine screws attach the legs to the box from the inside, coupling into threaded inserts set inside the legs. These fasteners are virtually invisible when anything is placed inside the plywood box. Two exposed fasteners are seen at the back of the unit, holding the connector between the two legs. By deconstructing the piece, moving/shipping only consists of a plywood box, three flat components, and six screws. While this does not approach "flat pack" territory, these smaller, simpler volumes fit into boxes easier and are less prone to damage in transit.

 

If I had the opportunity to design a V2, I think I would consider a fastening method to conceal the two on the back rail and also create small inserts to tip the lower speakers back.

 

 


1 comment

  • Jason

    They look good ! Do you notice better or different sound from the speakers now? I have always thought speakers and speaker placement was king to sound.

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