Full-Range Speakers

These sonorous speakers attract both the eye and the ear while providing a unique and intriguing challenge to build in the shop.

Few experiences are as enthralling as being truly immersed by a good sound system. Whether it’s a gripping film or your favorite album, audio quality makes a world of difference. While the mechanics of a speaker cabinet may seem confusing at first, there are simple principles behind them. Once you get started you’ll find that the process isn’t terribly different from most cabinetry. To keep it simple, our designer, Chris Fitch, decided to work with full-range drivers. (For those who may not be audiophiles, a full-range driver produces a wide range of frequencies through one driver alone, where other speaker systems often have dedicated drivers for the bass and treble.) Functionally, this makes our work on the cabinet easier — we only have to channel the sound from one source. While the function of the speakers is certainly a key focus here, it’s not the only point of interest at play. Chris wasn’t only interested in the sound of the speakers, but in adding to your home entertainment system as a whole, both visually and aurally. While the cabinet itself is made from MDF, it’s covered in gorgeous quartersawn cherry veneer. Additionally, you’ll find a different design toward the end of this article — a set of distinctive hardwood stands. Whether you choose to build the stands, or just the cabinet alone, this project guarantees a varied and unique adventure.

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  • 14 pages of step-by-step instructions
  • 38 full-color photos and illustrations and exploded views
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