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Old 08-09-2019, 08:45 AM
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Default Homemade boombox

Still screwing around with leftovers Too old to change.

So as the title suggests, this is a... homemade boombox. Or the start of it anyway. Since I can't jam my favorite double-DIN in the new old car, I'll build a new home for it, rather than let it sit in a box and slowly die of neglect.

Speakers are leftovers, OEM Ford from 1988.



Basic, quick & dirty woodwork. This ain't gonna be a showpiece. If I feel ambitious it might get stained and sealed.

The bottom cutout will be hinged for CD storage and battery charging access.



Backside.

My goal was to buy nothing and build it all from leftovers. Failed at that, but not too hard. I need a piano hinge, cabinet latch and a handicap rail (for the handle).

So far it doesn't weigh a ton, but it hasn't got a battery yet.
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It's alive! (provisionally)



Playing off a USB stick, since I don't have an antenna yet. Handle is supposed to be good for 250 pounds.



Not such a mess back here as I feared. Still needs a battery and some finishing up.
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Old 08-11-2019, 07:11 AM
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not bad at all, but...

ya couldnt find some screws of a more appropriate length for the grab handle? those extra long ones are scary...
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Almost done. Got my battery installed, figured out some diodes to make it play ball with the PC power supply, slapped the back on...

and damn near couldn't lift it. Son of a ***** weighs 28 pounds. You gotta really want tunes to drag that hog around with ya. The upside is, it sounds pretty good. Better bass than I expected with the small enclosure, and the sound carries well.

9AH SLA battery should play for an hour at full boogie, or two at lesser volume.
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Nice. 28lbs is quite the beast for a boombox, lol
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You're not kidding. I should rent a pony when I take this thing out. Or stretch an E-Maxx and put a platform on it. Wait, this was supposed to be a budget build.
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So here it is in all its "glory"



Not much new up front except the voltmeter. Tried to match the Kenny's display color to the voltmeter's color, couldn't quite get there so I set it to white.



Now this is a proper mess. But it all works and hasn't caught fire yet. Radio antenna is one of those stick-on deals, mounted under the top panel.



Super Duper Bass Port (TM) with groundbreaking Spider Exclusion Technology. There's a similar but smaller vent at the top for hydrogen exit (like this thing is airtight).



Cord storage. Battery charging is a little dicey. Since it's under load all the time, peak detection doesn't work as it should, so I stop the charge when it tapers off to what I think the system is drawing.

Next project is to add a smaller SLA battery to the big Philco so it keeps its memory during power outages.
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That's freeking awesome Stu!!.. You'll be developing super strong shoulder muscles on one side of your body when you're "dance walking" Foot loose* style down the road through your "hood"... I can see it painted bronze greebled with brass accoutrements -steam punk style...Which just conjured up up a disturbing image of a "steam punk Stu" rocking out to Run DMC haha.
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you can mount it on a little red wagon
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That's pretty cool. I wouldn't think the 5x8s would move enough air to need a spider vent

28 pounds, do you even lift? It needs 6" speaker cones on the ends, maybe an amplifier... (more wood for that top handle to screw into, some wheels)

My first thought was stained wood with the nickle fixtures, but with all the automotive hardware it's begging for low pile speaker box carpet. Maybe a power antenna.
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The speakers are 6x9, and the trunk they came out of is 22 cu. ft, so they want more air than a small box can provide. The spider port isn't tuned or mathed out or anything; it just had more bass with the back off, so I drilled a big hole & called it good.

As for the finish, tis what tis. It probably wants a bunch of steampunk detailing, substitute a real Dr Frankenstein voltmeter for the cheapie, brass fittings on the corners and some nice stain on the wood. Maybe a tufted leather shoulder pad with brass rivets... but I'm gonna leave it as is. It's already too damn heavy
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Dude. This is very cool and I do believe great minds think alike. I built one as well but I used my circa 2004 cd player and circa 1991 sony dancing led equalizer. I will post pics of it later. I still need to find a small amp so I can actually use the eq. Right now it is just for show. I am thinking about going a little more modern and painting the box white and throwing some splatter paint on it to capture the decade.


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Here it is in all its sweet glory.


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