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DIY Speaker Stands

Post by syntax » Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:01 am

Has anyone built speaker stands? I've seen some examples of DIY projects involving PVC pipe/sand. Anyone done this? Any advice when building for active monitors? (I assume one might need to mod the design to compensate for weight).

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Post by kayagum » Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:16 am

http://messageboard.tapeop.com/viewtopi ... hlight=pvc

Some ideas here in a recent thread.
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Post by muttonhead » Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:24 pm

My wife got some old barn wood from a friend of hers. The boards were 2 x 10 inch boards. I cut square pieces for the top and bottom, and cut two "legs" to the length I needed. Screwed the legs to the end pieces in kind of a V shape, added some tee nuts and screws in the base to level things off

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Post by The Scum » Wed Feb 04, 2009 4:20 pm

I used 2" ID galvanized pipe. Cut into 40" lengths (it comes in 120", so that divides it into thirds, so keep the remnant, as it'll be the same length as the other 2 - maybse usef for a matching computer monitor stand?).

HD or Lowed used to sell these precut 12" plywood circles. I mounted a floor flange on them, then threaded the pipe into it, and filled the empty pipe with sand.

You could also bolt them to the floor, Chipotle-style.

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Post by atavacron » Mon Mar 02, 2009 4:18 am

Scum, that idea is grand!
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Post by amorris » Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:02 am

Ive made the PVC/sand stands from 4" drain pipe and toilet flange and they are extremely sturdy. ~$40 for 2 and I have very heavy speakers that stand very stable now.
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Post by Cobiestudios » Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:39 am

I?ve made myself a pair of stands from PVC, wood and sand. Both are heavy enough to carry speaker weight.

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Post by Joe P. » Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:02 pm

As per a tip in that recent thread, I tried stacking cinder blocks and that seems quickest, easiest, and cheapest (ten for about sixteen, seventeen bucks.)

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Post by thesimulacre » Sat Mar 28, 2009 11:57 am

A couple of 9' 1x6s, some leftover laminated MDF, four big 'ol bolts, a bit of corkboard and some woodglue...

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I just traced the outline of the speaker directly onto the work. I should probably finish them, aesthetically speaking. They do the trick though, but maybe carpet spikes are in order?

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Post by suppositron » Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:39 pm

Any thoughts on how to level these speaker stands?

I haven't build any yet, but plan to. Problem is, in my apt I have very old wood flooring and it's not level. Would it be alright if I used wood shims?

Also, If I went the extra cheap route and just stacked cinder blocks, wouldn't all that extra weight transfer vibrations into the floor even better? Or would they not make it through the concrete?
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Post by ricercar.record » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:07 pm

after doing some research myself a while back, I decided to build a pair out of two 2x8 pieces of lumber per stand,
cut to a little over 3' for the supporting legs, with 3/4" MDF for the top and bottom plates.
Some more specifics, total price and pictures here
-> http://davidevansmcdonald.wordpress.com ... -diffusor/

also found a much more affordable, and seemingly just as effective alternative to auralex mopads via the foam factory inc.'s monitor isolation wedges,
http://www.thefoamfactory.com/acousticf ... ories.html, $9.99 for a 4-pack as opposed to $40-$45 for the damn Auralex.
I've also read of people using mouse-pads, neoprene, blue tac, and most interestingly viscoelastic gel heel cushions ->
http://www.spenco.com/products/footcare ... l-cushions,
been meaning to test these out for myself to see if they do a more effective job of decoupling.

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Post by strdsk » Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:29 pm

Not cheap and not home made, but I use karaokee TV monitor stands as my speaker stands. They are height adjustable, can easily hold any speaker weight, and are on wheels. In my mastering studio, I literally roll in and out different sets of speakers to reference on. Hope this helps...best...JD!
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Post by vvv » Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:04 pm

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Post by strdsk » Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:33 pm

Yep. Has locking casters, sides and back so speakers won't fall, and a strap to hold things tight.

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