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I do the cutting and routing out in my driveway. I have a piece of 3/4 inch plywood across two sawhorses as a work surface. The driveway is gravel, and I don't even have to worry much about the sawdust as the rain washes most of it away.
I started this project (Audax Home Theater speakers and Adire-Tempest / Sonotube Sub) last October. It was possible to do some work outdoors, but almost all the finish work was done indoors, usually in the middle of the floor in my basement theater where it was much warmer, especially through the winter months.
After doing the glue up of the DIY speaker stands illustrated in this thread, I took the column and base outside to sand them smooth (belt sander) and round over the edges (router).
The veneering and finishing (all but the application of the black aniline dye) of the speaker cabinets were all done indoors in the middle of the theater floor. It helps that it is completely isolated from view from the rest of the house. Last January I did have to move the partially completed Left and Right speakers upstairs into the middle of the living room to work on them as we had a 5 day power outage from an ice storm.
The theater is completely light controlled, and impossible to see anything without lights. Since we were stuck at home from the storm, and since I could hand sand the speakers, I did do that in the living room, but the project quickly got moved out of the living room once power was restored. (It really helps to have a very understanding wife)
This past weekend I built a second set of stands similar to the ones I showed supporting my front speakers. They however have a wider base and a longer column and are for my rear channels. The base is 14 inches wide by 12 inches deep and the column 48 inches long.
I'll post a picture once I get them painted. Tonight, I have to get the stuff cleaned up in the theater as we will probably be hosting a few of my wife's friends over tomorrow night for a movie. She is understanding, but still wants everything to look nice when guests arrive.
Oh yes, one last thing. My wife and I looked at many theaters illustrated in the AVS forum gallery looking at various speaker stands. Together we picked out a design for the speaker stands that we both liked. That alone is one major benefit of DIY speaker stand construction... getting exactly the right stand in exactly the right height in exactly the right color... priceless.