Well, maybe not so much advice as a few things to bounce off people who might have more insight than I do.
Here's the deal. I have a set of Totem Rainmakers for my recently finished library. It's the vinyl rig as well and I'll be getting the NAD phono pre-amp with the USB output so I can rip the vast collection of Sinatra I picked up from George to the music server. That's beside the point though. The amplification is a Peachtree Nova if anyone is wondering. An Oppo CD player I won at Polkfest is going to be the optical source and a Pioneer tuna. Simple yet elegant.
Anyway, speaker stands! The Rainmakers need stands. I haven't seen anything I like that isn't going to cost a fortune. So, I decided to build my own.
I'm going with a steampunk kind of idea. I have this mahogany plywood that will be an excellent candidate for the top and bottom platforms. It's 7/8ths stuff so it's pretty beefy. I can get mahogany edge banding to match it too so that's not a problem.
For the uprights though, I'm thinking of using black steel piping. I can get flanges that will allow me to screw the piping in to the flange and mount the flange to the wood header and footer. If I seal the insides of the flanges to the boards with caulking I can then load the tubes with sand or shot or both.
The pipes will be plenty rigid and only about 36" at the most. I'll make another 4-6" in height from the platforms and feet.
So what I'm wondering is for each stand, what do you think will be best? A single, 3" pipe or 2, 3 or 4 smaller, 1" pipes? The platforms are going to have to be rectangular because the Rainmakers are narrow but deep. I want these rock solid stable too 'cause of the cats. I don't think I'm going to screw the cabinets to the stands but some velcro might keep them from being knocked off if the cats get too rowdy.
So what do you think?
BTW, whether I use black pipe or galvanized or whatever, I'll likely varnish the metal to keep it from getting too corroded or anything.