For the rear channels, I built a set of stands similar in style to the ones I built for my front speakers. The major differences are the length of the column and the size of the base.
The base and top are not yet attached in any way to the column when I took this picture. It shows how stable the design can be even when not yet completely assembled and filled.
Oh yes, my wife picked up several large
bags of unscented kitty litter so we can fill our stands. It is mostly to kill any possible resonance rather than to add stability.
Solid oak would cost a bit more, but make finishing easier if you are looking to keep the wood grain appearance. Paint or dye on MDF is less expensive and actually, in the case of my front stands, better, as I do not want any reflections from the screen.
Yes, I would use either rubber feet or a piece of carpet under the base if placing the speaker stands on ceramic tile.
Joe L.48 inch long columns, 14 x 12 inch basehttp://home.triad.rr.com/leggio/imag...P7150835-1.jpg