Welcome to Make Something
with me, David Picciuto. And today we're going to
make a Bluetooth speaker. Today's video is brought
to you by Rockler. So today. We are going to make
some Bluetooth speakers. There's a lot of science and knowledge
and technology that goes into making the enclosures for speakers. Today.
We're going to ignore all of that. I find with myself a lot of times in, in certain things that takes years and
lots of knowledge to make like knives and speakers, playing music. Sometimes we create these barriers because
we think we have to learn all of this stuff before we can do what we want to do.
And today we're just going to throw
all of that science and technology and knowledge right out the door and just
have some fun and make some enclosures. Recently, I watched a class by Tom
Morello on teaching guitar and the first 40, 50 minutes of that class, there was no technical knowledge,
no skill, no notes, no nothing. Just making noise and just
having fun with the instrument. And it just remove this barrier. Just allowed you to just
dive in and have some fun. And that's what we're going
to do today with this. We're just going to have some fun and not
worry about the size of the enclosure, the batting that needs
to go in the inside. We're just going to make
something that I think looks cool. I've been kind of stressing out about
the design of this and I've been drawn things up and I haven't liked everything
that I've done and I'm removing that barrier as well.
I don't have really
any clue on what I'm going to do. We're just going to, we're going
to tinker. We're going to wing it. So I'm just going to make the enclosure
and then I'm going to figure out how to decorate it. It's it's about tinkering. I want you guys to just
remove the barriers, dive in and make stuff.
That's why we're here. Rockler is going to help us out with that. They sent me some of these
Bluetooth speaker kits, and it's already wired up.
You don't need to do anything. And it's really, really cool. You just have to drill or cut the
holes for the speakers and for the electronics here, you are probably not going to use these
speakers to listen to the latest Bon Jovi record and hear the clarity
of the cowbell in track three.
This is not what these speakers is about. This is about just having some
music on in the background, in the shop or listening to
an audio book or podcast. It's about having fun. So I did go around and play with these
and you can hear the difference when you move these from the bench to inside a
box to other materials, check this out. I'm not sure if you'll be
able to hear this or not. I have a microphone underneath my shirt, but it sounds a certain way
when you hold them or when I put them against the bench, it's
a little bit more bass-y. Over here this is hollow and it
kind of amplifies it a little And that like totally changes the sound. The point of that is there is science
and knowledge and technology that goes into making the enclosures. And we need to appreciate the people
who have studied this and that teach us this. We're going to do
that in another video. Today we're just going to have fun. So the instructions that come with
these Rockler speakers does give you a starting point for the enclosure
that you want to make for them.
We're just going to have fun.
We're just going to have fun. We're going to listen to audio books
on this. I'm not worried about sound. Here's another thing, Dan camera,
Dan, he's one of those audiophiles. He's been building
speakers for a long time, and I know this project is just
going to just eat away at his soul. I'm sorry, Dan. Silence and motionless.
I have this piece of half inch
plywood and I need a tape measure. I know we're trying to ignore, uh, all the technical stuff and just have fun. But Dan says you don't want to put
two stereo speakers in the same box without some sort of
separation. Thanks, Dan. So I'm going to cut a little one eighth
inch curve in there so I can put a piece of one eighth inch plywood. That way, those sound waves don't interfere
with each other and you get some crazy phase cancellation. I have no idea what
I'm talking about. I'm just having fun. So now that we have that little divider, it's just 1/8" plywood that
fits in the groove there. And we got our two end pieces. Before we connect all this together, I need to drill the
holes for the speakers. Friction fit in there. I'll have to drill a hole in
this divider to get this through. We'll have these wires
come and connect to this. And the back clamp is just temporary until we get the screws in there. So then once we get all the screws
in, we can take the clamp off.
This is probably way too many screws,
but woodworkers love overkill. So we got it in there and tested it out. I think I want to veneer this with Walnut. And I'm wondering if
Walnut would look good with like some of this white
grill cloth on the front. You can get veneer from Rockler. This is a variety pack that
I've had for a long time. And if you just get plain wood
veneer plane on both sides, there's a couple ways you can attach it.
You can use some contact cements
brushing on this, brush it on the veneer, what it tack up for a little bit
instant bond and it works great. I don't like using contact cement cause
it smells for a long time and it's a really strong odor. You can also, this is a trick that I learned
recently is using wood glue, but what glue on the surface of this,
but what glue on the surface of this? Let it dry.
And then you can iron that on. And that trick works really well. Dan made these speaker enclosures here using that iron on just
regular wood glue trick. And that came out really, really good. I am going to do something different.
I want to get fancy with it. I want to have fun. So I am going to cut up some
veneers on the laser cutter. Of course, of course you don't
need a laser cutter for this. You can just take veneer and
cut it and glue it on there. But I want to have some fun. So this particular veneer it's
already pre finished and has a sticky back, which is just
going to make life a lot easier. I think that'll that'll work.
And then this has this, uh, that is definitely cheating. You
know, cutting it on the laser. It's pretty finished. I don't
have to do all that. Um, but yeah, you do what you gotta do to get by in
life, right? Cheat, lie, and steal.
Is what grandma always said. Do
t-shirt idea, cheat, lie and steal. Make something. I mean, I guess we could be done, but why not get a little
fancy with it and do a little, a little grill thing a little,
if you know what I'm saying, do you know what I'm saying? A
little, Dan knows what I'm saying. Jerry. Jerry knows what
I'm saying. Sup Jerry! So for basically making a picture
frame, I'm using my picture frame sled. I've got a video on this
guy. Of course, of course. I've got a video on this guy. For this frame, I got some glue on
the corners and we're going to do, we're going to make this real
simple. I'm just going to stretch some tape over that. And
if you stretch the tape, it'll try to pull it closed a
little bit. I mean, it's not, this is just an easier way
than clamps and jigs. I mean, I wish I had a small
jig for picture frames.
It's been on the list of things to
make for a long time. He just said, it's easier than a jig. And then he
just said he wanted to make a jig. And then he used his baby
voice. And then I unsubscribed. So this is my spline making jig, which cuts a little spline slots. I've got a video on this
as well. Of course I do. Of course, I've got a video on that. So now we're just going to cut some
maple to fill in those splines and that's going to strengthen up those corners. Did already have some thin maple laying
around from the last time I had to cut splines. So that saved me time. It saved you time cause you didn't have
to watch me cut it and plane it and sand it and get it. You know, we're
busy. We all got stuff to do. It feels like a crime to
spray lacquer on Walnut. At first I was going to go with the
white and I think I'm changing my mind.
And we are going
with this, this gold here. Uh, I think, I think it
really helps with any, you probably can't see on camera, but the lacquer on the
maple here doesn't look very good. It's very, very yellow. But I do think the gold helps
that a little bit more and I can, I can live with that color of that maple. That T-track track that we installed
in the bench, that Rockler T-track look just like we're at Joanne fabrics, tape this to the bench. One of the reasons we're taping it
to the bench so we can stretch it. And then also get the lines in a parallel perpendicular orientation. I actually don't know if
this is going to work. This is a, this is an experiment.
This is rule four in effect.
And then the mating
piece of Velcro on here. One of the problems that I ran into, and this is one of the things that
happens when you design on the fly is I didn't like the gap that I'm
getting here between the front grill and the speaker enclosure because
these speakers stick out a little bit. And when this Velcros on there,
there's this huge, huge gap. And so I've been kind of
brainstorming. What can I do? Maybe I should put another piece of
wood to cover up this mess back here. This is a piece of white acrylic that I
cut out and that's going to get glued on there. And then this can then Velcro
and it helps fill the gap and makes for a nice little, uh, if you
know what I'm saying. Sup Jerry. So then no, that gives me enough
clearance to put that on there. And I don't get that stupid, huge gap
that I did not like to finish this up. I did add some rubber feet to the bottom
that gets it some separation from the surface. So you don't get some weird
bass frequencies going on there.
I did go ahead and then
cut my logo on the laser, did a two layer thing and
then glued that on the front. I hated the finish of the pre
finished veneer that I used. So I sanded that all down and
then I re-oiled everything
that made me feel a lot better about it. And I still did not like the gap I was
getting from the front to the back. So I did go ahead and hot glue the
front on. If I need to get it off, I can pry it apart, but I
just feel better about it. Now today we were just having fun. We were throwing science out the door
so we could just experiment and tinker. And that was the point of this video. And I did add a handle and I have
these from an old guitar amp. I didn't have a strap. So.
I went to the Goodwill and I
found a belt that just fit in there. Perfect. And now I
have a cool little handle. It sounds really good for a tiny speaker. I would happily listen to
tunes here in the shop. I haven't figured out where
this is going to live yet. We need a Bluetooth speaker on the
porch, but tinkering and led to this. And at the end, I was really
not feeling the project, just the finish on there. And I don't
know, I wasn't happy with the design. Then once I added the logo, I sanded off that old finish and put a
new finish on there and added the handle and glued on this face. I
felt so much better about it. If you're wondering if it's bothering
me that the logo on the front is not perfectly centered, more than you will ever know or
understand these speaker kits come from our friends at Rockler. This is the
stereo kit that I used for the speaker. You can also get a single speaker
kit for audio books or podcasts, and that is also from Rockler. Or you can get creative and turn it into
some sort of like communication device from room to room or whatever.
I love these because it allows you to
get creative and do whatever you want. It allows you to tinker. It allows you to dive in and get into
something without worrying about the technology and the wiring up. And, and it was just a really cool fun project. I'll have links to all the tools and
the supplies that I use in the video. Most of that can be found at
Rockler.com link down below. Thank you, Rockler sponsoring today's
video. Before we go, I did add some new things
to the store this week, including this fraction to decimal,
to millimeter conversion chart, as well as some new t-shirts
coffee mugs and as always be safe, have fun, stay
passionate and Make Something..