Project Spotlight: Matt’s speakers

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Meet Matt Spangler, is a designer by day and maker by night! He made some beautifully crafted speaker stands at The Cave. Read more about his project and advice on being part of our community.

How did you find out about DIYcave?

My wife gets credit for discovering The Cave. I don’t remember if she drove by it, read about it, or heard about it. But soon after, we came in for a shop tour and I knew The Cave was for me.

Tell us about the project you did at DIYcave?

Spending my career as a designer, I tend to be picky about the products I buy. My vice is vintage audio, and finding audio furniture that I like is impossible. As the saying goes, “if you want something done right, (DIY) do it yourself.” Maybe that should be a DIY shirt? This is not my first project at the Cave, but it is the first I have completed to my satisfaction.

What was your inspiration for the project?

Ideas in my head. I liked the idea of using steel tubing for my main structure and fitting solid wood panels, so the footprint matched each speaker. The concept was to make a small speaker look like a floor stander.

How did you prepare for the project?

I had to learn how to MIG weld. I got certified and practiced a bit until I was comfortable that I achieve welds I was happy with. I had to spend hours working through designs to arrive at my parts list for steel tubing, wood, fasteners, and damping washers. When your tolerance to line everything up is about 1/16” max, it’s a little challenging.

What are some of the skills you learned at DIYcave?

MIG welding and using epoxy resin to fill knot holes and small cracks in the wood.

What were the easy and hard parts of your project?

Welding was the most difficult. I wanted manufacturing level quality, but I am an amateur. It’s like having champagne taste on a beer budget. I had no idea how hot and sweaty welding can be. And when you are handling heavy tubing for some freeform grinding, you will be sore the next day. There was no easy part since I was dealing with tight tolerances, and expecting a little too much of myself at my current skill level. Learning how to use epoxy resin to fill holes and cracks was fun and the easy part.

Favorite project you witnessed (besides yours) while hanging out at DIYcave?

I don’t get into the shop as often as I want. So I’ve missed many projects that I’ve only got a glimpse of. But the large tables that Tim and Dave were working on for Bevel Brewing were pretty cool. I like heavy stuff like that.

What advice would you give someone who wants to join DIYcave and start a project?

As Nike says, “Just do it!” If you wait until you think you’re ready, a year can go by. Think of something you want to learn or build, and use that as motivation to start.

Have a project you’d like to work on? Interested in becoming a member of our makerspaceLearn more and stop by for a tour.

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