Speaker stands made out of brushed oak wood

we applied the tung oil after we sanded all the faces of the speakers stands, including the wire brushed face

In this article I will show you how I made a set of two wooden speaker stands. The design was not our idea. We build it and we came with the idea of gluing the oak wood pieces layer by layer, to achieve greater strength.

We also tried to make them special:

  • We brushed one face using the angle grinder with a wire brush.
  • We hand picked each piece of wood.
  • In the end we finished the speakers stands with two coats of oil.

So, let’s see how we made these DIY wooden speaker stands:

1. We took some 5 cm thick oak planks. The best thing of this DIY project is that you can use scrap pieces (planks that you can not use anymore because they are too short for large projects).

We then took each piece and planed it to get 4 by 4 cm strips:

  • planed one face and one edge
  • cut it into 4,5 cm wide strips
  • planed the cut edge of each strip

We repeated the process until we had enough pieces to build the speakers stands.

we will used some rustic oak wood planks in order to build them
The rustic oak wood strips

2. We planed the other two faces, so we got all of them to 4 by 4 cm. These are the oak wood strips needed to build the stands.

for these wooden speakers stands, we used 5 cm thickness oak wood boards
Getting the 4 cm by 4 cm thickness oak wood strips

3. We cut them to the right length. We used two lengths: one for the width and one for the height. For all dimensions we had to add 4 cm (the thickness of the wood strip), in order to get the right size for the stands.

all the oak wood planks needed to build our set of two wooden stands
All the oak wood planks needed for our diy project

4. We made the first test to see how they matched. We place the pieces layer by layer so we got a staggered look.

first test to see how the oak wood planks matches and how many layers we should use in order to get a perfect dimensions stands
First test to see how the oak wood planks matches

5. We glued the first layer, being very careful at the angles! This first layer gave the shape of the stands, so they had to be fitted at a perfect 90 degrees angle. The next layers were going to be glued according to the first one. Also, the first layer had to be as flat as possible! For all these reasons, we used a scrap particle board with a 90 degree corner for the first layer.

the first layer of oak wood planks is very important because this layer gives the shape of the speakers stand
The shape of the speakers stand is given by the first layer of oak wood planks

6. We then continued the glue up the other layers, one by one, until we reached the right depth. We used 6 layers, so the final depth was 24 cm.

gluing the second and the third layer of oak wood planks in order to build the speakers stands
Gluing the second and the third layer of our wooden speakers stands

7. We had to wait for the glue to harden, in order to glue the next layer. We used a lot of F clamps. We applied glue on the ends of the wooden strips, too, to make sure it would stick well to the other piece (on corners).

the last layer of oak wood strips is glued by using a lot of large F clamps
The last layer of oak wood strips needed to finish building our wooden speakers stands

8. We sanded all the faces. First, using 80 grit sandpaper, to remove the differences between the layers. Then, we used 120 grit sandpaper to get a smooth surfaces.

all the interior and the exterior faces of the speakers stands are sanded with 120 grit sandpaper
The wooden speakers stands are sanded

9. We brushed one face of the stands, using the angle grinder and a wire brush. I learnt when doing a previous project that, when brushing the oak wood surfaces, I have to follow the grain as accurate as possible for a natural look.

we used the angle grinder with an wire brush in order to get one brushed surface
Wire brushing of the oak wood speakers stand

This is the way the wire brushed oak looks like after this process.

the detail with the wire brushed surface of our oak wood speakers stands
Detail of the oak wood speakers stands after wire brushing

10. We sanded the brushed surface by using 120 grit micro mesh sheet. All the rising tiny wood fibers, which appeared after brushing, were removed this way, and the surface became smoother.

all the surfaces of our speakers stands are fine sanded including the wire brushed surface
The wire brushed face of the wooden speaker stand

11. We rounded lightly all the sharp edges by hand, using 120 grit sandpaper.

the aspect of the wooden speakers stands with a wire brushed surface
All the surfaces are fine sanded

12. We applied the first coat of oil. Then, after a few minutes, wiped off the excess and waited for the oil to penetrate the wood. After the first coat completely dried, we applied the second one, repeating the wiping of the excess.

details with the finish of the wooden speakers stands, before applying the tung oil
The final finish of the edges

The result is the one you can see in the images below. Try it, you might be surprised by how easy it, actually, is. Don’t forget to send us pictures with your DIY projects!

the wire brushed oak wood surface after applying a layer of tung oil
The wire brushed surface of the oak wood stand
we applied a layer of tung oil after sanding all the surfaces of our dIY oak wood speakers stands
The oak wood speaker stands after applying a layer of oil
we applied the tung oil after we sanded all the faces of the speakers stands, including the wire brushed face
The wire brushed oak wood stand after the oil was applied

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