Saturday Morning Workshop: How To Build Speaker Stands

Build these custom speaker stands, and learn a simple angle-finding technique in the process.

Time

A few hours

Complexity

Intermediate

Cost

$20-50

Introduction

Ideally, the stands should lift the speakers to roughly ear level of a sitting person. This is important because it aligns the ​subwoofers and tweeters relative to the ear and achieves the best balance of sound. The high frequencies are often missed when speakers are placed too high or too low. Speakers placed on a shelf or table often cause the surface to vibrate, thus distorting bass. These speaker stands isolate the speaker's vibrations from the floor, allowing you to hear the bass from the speaker and not the vibrations from a shelf, table or floor. Speakers come in various sizes and shapes, so the height of your speaker stands is dependent on your unique speakers. For this project, we give you the dimensions suited for the speakers shown in the photo, but you can alter the design to fit your individual needs.

Tools Required

  • Circular saw
  • Clamps
  • Cordless drill
  • Iron
  • Miter saw
  • Utility knife

Materials Required

  • 13/16” x 25' Iron-on edge banding
  • 2’x4′ 3/4″ Plywood
  • 2” #8 Construction screws (32)
  • 8’ 1x4 Hickory (dark wood species)
  • 8’ 1x4 Maple (light wood species)
  • Felt/foam

Cutting List (One Stand)

Speaker Stands Cutting List

Tech Art

Speaker Stands Tech Art

Project step-by-step (6)

Step 1

Glue Up Boards

Speaker Stands Glue Up

We wanted to spice up this build a bit, so we decided to incorporate a light-dark contrast with the legs. Glue up the boards face-to-face, making sure that the glue is spread all the way to the edges. Clamp, let dry, and sand the edges so that the boards are flush.

Step 2

Cut Plywood to Size

Speaker Stands Cut Plywood

Cut two pieces from the 3/4-in. plywood to the size of your speakers. Ours are 11 in. x 13 in.