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    Default Building speaker outriggers

    This weekend while building a new fence, I'll be building a pair of speaker outriggers out of 1/2" x 2" oak that stick out about 3" on each side of the speakers. I picked up some steel spikes from Parts Express, and some M6 bolts to fit the factory threads on the bottom. With only 10" wide speakers, they get a little wobbly when my daughter starts dancing around, and it didn't want to shell out $250 for commercial outriggers until I wasn't successful myself. I'll stain the soild oak slates black to match the speakers, and my only concern is making sure I drill the mounting holes to match the mounting holes.

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    This looks like a really nice fix for a real problem. Many of you have dancers in the family and a "tippy tower" can be dangerous.
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    I built outriggers a while back. I used steel square tubing and just painted them black. It worked out pretty good. I used some cheap butcher blocks that I stained black underneath with speaker spikes on the bottom of them. I get a little better bass response with the downward firing port not going into the carpet.

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    ^ Those look really nice. Zingo I am sure yours will too.

    This makes me think I should try it with my LSi 15's
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    I should have pictures by Sunday; I just want to give the stain long enough to dry as it will be on carpet. I would not prefer to SEE where my speakers used to be...

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    Slinger, that looks really nice. But wouldn't it be better to have put the spikes in the butcher blocks and sit the speakers on top? The whole idea is to couple the cabinet to the floor I alway thought. Are the blocks sitting on spikes as well or are they just on the carpet?
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    Thanks and yes there are spikes under the blocks. The ones under the blocks are daytons and the the brass ones are from that group buy from meniscus that doro did a while back.
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    Zingo, what kind of speakers are these for?
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    B&W 804 which sound great because they are so heavy, but that also makes them easy to tip over. The factory threaded inserts in the bottom will make the installation a lot easier.

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    Aside from that awful Chicago team fanatic stuff on your wall....great idea and setup. I just vomited in my mouth a little when I said Chicago.......

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    Thanks doro. Don't hate, Chicago rules...

    Zingo I look forward to seeing how yours turn out.
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    Preliminary installation of the outriggers; cut, drilled, and bolted on place using M6 bolts into the factory threads. No spikes have been installed, but already the speakers are about twice as stable. It will now take quiet a ruckus to knock them over!

    As they blend in pretty well to the carpet, I'm questioning staining them black as they would really stand out. The same thoughts with the spikes as if I left the oak unstained, there would be black dots at the end of each outrigger. I'll have to live with them for a few days and see how I feel about it. Either way, they are much more stable, so primary objective accomplished.

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    That's not a bad idea. I wonder if it is better, worse, or the same as speaker spikes regarding sound quality? I love tweaks that make the sound better.

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    I'd probably get some spray paint that more or less matches the carpet. I think you're right, painting them black would make them stand out more, not look as good.
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    Leave 'em unstained. Maybe a clear, satin finish to seal the wood to prevent warpage.

    Sidenote: Slinger I trust your system sounds as sweet as it looks!

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    My wife agreed that the unstained blended better than black. I do have clear sealer, and that is a fantastic idea; thanks! Since my current spikes I'd have to through mount in the wood making them visable, I almost feel like little spikes would be better that would be hidden underneath, but still grip the carpet.

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    Here is another idea.

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    Here are the outriggers I built for my B&Ws, same idea as Zingo.
    I have access to a machine shop so I made mine out of steal, then powder coated for durability.
    My original plan was wood, but thought they would be to bulky, I like your's Zingo!

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    Looks good.

    I think I'll consider rounding the edges of my outriggers as it will give them a more finished look. I need to pull them to seal them anyway, so no time lost...

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