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.
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.
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.
4. We made the first test to see how they matched. We place the pieces layer by layer so we got a staggered look.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
This is the way the wire brushed oak looks like after this process.
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.
11. We rounded lightly all the sharp edges by hand, using 120 grit sandpaper.
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.
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!