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Angle Iron Man!

For ages now I’ve been looking for something I could use to add ‘feet’ to the bottom of my living room speakers. Such ‘feet’ needed to be quite sturdy, not too tall / not too short and fit with the new aesthetic of my freshy-decorated / themed room.

Lo and behold, passing a skip on my way home for the pub the other day, I came across these offcuts of angle iron (every house in my vicinity seems to be having some sort of loft conversion done at the moment!)

Just the right size/shape and, when upturned into an upside down ‘U’ arrangement, they proved to be just the ticket! I was going to paint them black, but actually I quite like the natural red colour – seems to work for the moment at least.

Angle Iron found in a skip

Angle Iron found in a skip

And here’s a view of the supports in place – splendid!

Speaker supports in place

Speaker supports in place

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I’ve been trying to rationalise my computer work space a little at home recently. With both a PC and a MAC to accommodate, two sets of keyboards and mice etc, desktop space is at a premium. I had a couple of quite neat Dell PC speakers on the desk also, but even they seemed to be taking up a bit too much space – also they were very low down just sitting on the desk surface, so I don’t think I was getting the optimum sound from them

With the addition of two lengths of copper pipe cut to a length sufficient to to rise the speakers up to ear height, I removed the existing speaker bases and bolted them directly onto ‘end caps’, fashioned from a copper 2p coin soldered onto a straight 15mm pipe connector. This style of end cap I’ve successfully used on a variety of projects. They are neat, useful, and cost a fraction of the price of normal copper end caps.

The base of the copper supports were drilled and bolted directly on to each end of my desk.

The photos below show the speakers in place, and after those are some views of the end caps (the ones in this shot are slightly smaller caps made from penny coins).

Copper speaker stands

Copper speaker stands

Copper pipe and penny 'end caps'

Copper pipe and penny 'end caps'

The caps are simply pushed into place on the copper supports, which allow the speakers to be rotated to the desired angle, and also removed easily if need be. When time permits I think I may steampunk the speakers themselves, tidy up the cable clips etc. . .

Addendum – here’s a shot of the original speakers. . .

Original speakers

Original speakers

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