I have some car audio equipment lying around and always wanted to build something retro (from my youth), beautiful, functional and fun. This is the first part of an ongoing project.
For starters, I looked for pictures on Google images and printed the one I preferred to scale so I would have a model. I used the dimensions (17.5 cm) of my speakers as reference to scale the picture and printed it on a couple of pages... which made the tape deck a little larger than natural but that's all right: we will call this 'art'. I also know I'll have to make adaptations make room to house the amplifier and power supply but it surely looks like a good start.
I started by gluing two planks of oak together and cut three of the edges at 45 degrees to make it look nice once assembled. I then used masking tape to protect these delicate edges: working in a workshop can sometimes be rough.
|Front onf the future wooden ghettoblaster|
I then prepared the (fake) tape deck and tuner, cutting wood, making groves and inserting small pieces of wood to get the look I wanted.
Double checked all dimensions with the car speakers to make sure it would all fit.
Once all the positions were ok, I cut openings on the front panel to add the tape. I then glued it in position and used wood paste to fill the gaps. A little sanding to even the whole thing (grain 80) and moved on...
I then precisely positioned the speakers, drew a circle and cut it out with my jigsaw.
As with the tape, I then added the tuner.
You can find the links to my posts where I continue building this boombox below.