How to Build Surround Sound Speaker Stands

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  • 2-8 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 75-150
What You'll Need
Hardwood or plywood
Drill with 1-inch hole saw adapter
Wood glue
Hammer and finishing nails
Wood chisel
1-inch diameter wooden dowels
Wood stain
Paint brush and other painting tools
Wood Filler and putty knife
Polyurethane clear coat
Measuring tape
Straight edge
Marking pencil

If you want to create your own attractive surround sound speaker stands to showcase your prized sound system, you will be pleased to know that you can use some wood and common hand tools to create simple, yet attractive stands for your speakers in a few hours. This simple step by step guide will show you everything you need to know. Let's get started.

Step 1 - Measure Dimensions of Speakers

Use the measuring tape to measure the dimensions of the speakers for which you will be building speaker stands. Make sure to measure the depth and width of the speakers.

Step 2 - Transfer Measurements to Hardwood or Plywood

Use a pencil and straightedge to transfer the measurements for the speakers to the pieces of hardwood or plywood you will be using to make the stands. When drawing the outline for the cutting pieces, add an additional 1/2 inch to the border of the measurements. This will allow for a safe and secure placement of the speaker on the stand while making sure the stand is made to fit your particular speaker.

Step 3 - Cut Speakers Bases

Use a saw to cut out the pieces of wood the speakers will sit on. When you finish sawing the pieces, take a piece of sandpaper and sand away the rough edges.

Step 4 - Measure and Cut Rear Supports

Next, you'll need to cut the rear support pieces of wood for your speaker stands. These pieces of wood should be the same width as the other pieces you cut earlier. However, they should only be about one third the height of your speaker. This will prevent the speaker from sliding off of the speaker stand.

Step 5 - Measure and Cut Floor Base

You will need to cut the floor base piece of wood for each speaker stand. This will be the piece of wood that provides support for the speaker stand. When trying to decide how large to make the base, you'll need to take into account how high the speaker stand will be. Generally speaking, the taller that the speaker stand will be, the wider the base piece of wood will need to be. However, if you're unsure about how large to make the floor base support pieces of wood, make them about 1 1/2 times the width of the speaker and 1 1/2 times the depth. So, if you have a speaker that is eight inches wide and four inches deep, you would make the floor base piece of wood 12 inches wide and six inches deep.

Step 6 - Create Dowel Holes

Take the drill and one-inch hole saw adapter and drill a hole in the center of the floor base pieces of wood that is about half the thickness of the wood piece. Do the same for the piece of wood the speaker will rest on. Then, take a wood chisel and gently chip out the circular notches in the pieces of wood. Try to make the bottom of the hole as flat and smooth as possible.

Step 7 - Join Speaker Base and Rear Support Pieces

Use wood glue and finishing nails to attach the speaker base and rear support pieces.

Step 8 - Attach Wooden Dowels

Insert wood glue into the recessed holes on the floor base and speaker base and then insert the ends of the dowels. Allow the wood glue to dry before continuing.

Step 9 - Finish the Speaker Stands

Sand the wooden speaker stands, and then paint or stain with the finish of your choice.