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OK guys...I'm looking to build some speaker stands for relatively cheap. I don't own/have access to any power saws, so buying MDF or baltic birch ply by the sheet and cutting it isn't an option.

I need things that are already the correct size, or can be cut with a hand tool, or can be cut at Lowes/Home Depot for me.

I have a few ideas for materials, but I'm not sure which would be the best - so I need your help.

Ideas for top/bottom plates:

1) Michaels Craft store has some pre-cut 12"x12" and 6"x12" baltic birch ply, in 1/2" and 1/4" thickness. The 12x12 would work as is for the bottom plate. The 6x12 I can cut with a hand saw and put the uneven wavy cut I made on the back side so it won't be seen under the speaker. I can also glue the 1/2" and 1/4" together to thicken the bottom plate for added weight/stability...

2) I can have 1x12 and 1x6 wood cut at Home Depot or Lowes to the sizes I want. My options would either be oak, or poplar (which softer and lighter weight).

So which is better....the ply or the solid wood? The oak will give me the greatest weight at the base and will look the nicest, but I recall reading that hardwoods resonate pretty badly. The ply will give me decent weight, and as I understand it, is very nonresonant. I'd have to glue pieces together to get the desire thickness though.

Now ideas for the center post:

1) Steel table leg from Ikea: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10105290 A member @ the skiing ninja forum used these to build his stands: http://www.ninjasreview.com/forum/sh...hp?t=30&page=5

Again, I've read about steel having resonance issues, but I could fill the post with sand to help with that. Of course, I need to see these to make sure the steel is thick enough to be worth using.

2) Solid wood posts... I can go with the 2"x2" square oak or poplar posts, or with these 2.3"x2.3" ash table legs http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...678&lpage=none .

3) My least favorite idea - follow the TNT audio stubby design and use a threaded rod inside painted PVC. I really don't want to do this unless there are legit reasons why it's the best option.

Alright...I'm all ears...(or eyes in this case )

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i used #3 and have had great results. i made the bases a tad wider and they have worked flawlessly. i painted them all flat black so they blend perfectly into the wall once the lights go out.

Lowes/HD will typically cut just about whatever sizes u need. they cut 2 sheets of mdf into 8 pieces each for me. can't hurt to ask...
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