How to Improvise Surround Sound Speaker Stands How to Improvise Surround Sound Speaker Stands

What You'll Need
1 2x10-inch Piece of Wood
2 Lengths of 3" PVC Piping
2 Long, Threaded Rods
Nuts to Fit the Rod
Wood Stain
Spray Paint
Drill & Bits

There are any number of ways you can improvise surround sound speaker stands. When installing a surround sound speaker system in your home, there isn't always an ideal place to put the speakers. Too, the acoustics of the room may influence the sound of the speaker and either raising or lowering the height of the speaker may make a tremendous difference in the quality of the sound. You can find speaker stands for sale just about anywhere, but you may not want to spend the money, or the design may not work with your decor. You may be able to find suitable speaker stands just by looking around your home. Regardless, it is not difficult to build your own speaker stands, and chances are you will have several of the needed materials laying about the home anyway.

Step 1 - Prepare the Wood

First, stain the wood using the wood stain that you have picked out. This is not by any means mandatory, but will give you a lot more flexibility on the appearance of the wood when the project is complete. There are a rainbow of options available in wood stain, whether you want a bright blue or a natural wood finish. Let the stain dry completely (24 to 48 hours usually, depending on the weather).

Step 2 - Prepare the PVC

If needed, cut the PVC with a saw to the desired length. Using a miter box to cut the pipe will ensure you have made even, level cuts. As with the wood, you can turn the PVC any color with your choice of spray paint. Spread out newspaper in a well ventilated area, and lay the PVC down on it. Use the spray paint to cover the pipe with thin, even coats. Let the first side dry completely, then turn them over and paint the other side. Continue with additional coats until you get a satisfactory color and cover.

Step 3 - Drill the Wood

You will need the same thickness of drill bit as the threaded rods that you obtained. For example, if you have a rod one quarter inch thick, you will need a quarter inch bit. In the exact center of the wood, making sure to keep the drill level, drill all the way through the center of the piece of wood. Do this with all pieces. Next, use a boring drill bit to make another hole, but this time you will only drill about one half an inch deep. Do this boring directly over the first hole. Insert the threaded rod through one piece of the wood and secure it on the other side with a nut.

Step 4 - Assemble the Stand

Slide the PVC over the threaded rod that is now secured to one piece of the wood. Lay another block of wood on the PVC, routing the rod through the hole. Secure the rod on the other side with a nut, and tighten the whole assembly.

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