Project Category:
Portable Speakers

Project Level:

Project Time:
8-20 Hours

Project Cost:
Under $100

Project Description:
I wanted to try my hand at speaker building, so this is my first project to completion. I have car audio and home theater experience, but always wanted to build my own speakers as a hobby. I love the sound of slotted ports, so i decided this is the way I would design the enclosure. Walnut baffle was given to me from a friend, so I decided to incorporate it into the build.

Design Goals:
Size, Aesthetics, A chance to design and build my own crossovers. Smooth bass output.

Driver Selection:
Dayton ND25FA-4
Dayton TCP115-8

Enclosure Design:
I chose maple for the main enclosure, walnut for the baffle. this is wood I had laying around. Milled everything flat, glued up and ready to build.

Enclosure Assembly:
The most difficult part of construction was by far the ports, as everything had to line up perfectly on final glue up. I was actually measuring with calipers to make this happen. Round over on the top, baffle was left square and trimmed with a flush bit.

Crossover Design:
Many hours of reading and understanding crossovers was a huge part of this project. The reward was definitely worth the time and effort.

I could not be happier with the sound of this speaker. Crystal clear highs, mids and a nice extended bass output. Although I do have woodworking experience, it was great to learn something new and had a blast doing it.

About the Designer:
I currently work at a machine shop in Buffalo. Many hobbies including woodworking, electronics, some furniture building.

Project Parts List:

Dayton Audio ND25FA-4 1″ Soft Dome Neodymium Tweeter
Dayton Audio TCP115-8 4″ Treated Paper Cone Midbass Woofer 8 Ohm


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  1. 1
    Sean Titmas

    really nice project. i especially like the twin vertical slot ports. the threaded inserts are a nice professional feature too as well as the flush mounted drivers and two toned wood species.

  2. 5

    Hey there ! I was wondering how you built yout crossovers. I’m trying to build my own cabinet and it’s the part i have most trouble with !

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