DIY desk top speaker stands
Old 12th March 2004
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DIY desk top speaker stands

Many of us utilize desks or benches as our main work surface and would like to locate our nearfields on this surface as well. But we need some way to elevate the speakers up off of the surface, anywhere from 8" to 18" or so, depending on how high the table top is, how high we like to sit, etc. Finding purpose built speaker stands this small isn't easy, but they are out there. Unfortunately, most of the stands this short are designed for cheap "computer" speakers or other tiny home hifi speakers, so they have ridiculous weight limits, like 4LBs. Or the stands are so flimsy that you would never trust your favorite monitors up there.

The only products that I found to be good enough were the two small stands from Sound Anchors; they are rock solid and look good, like everything else they make. But they ain't cheap and some of us have a hard time spending a couple of hundred bucks just to lift our monitors a few inches.

Walking around the local home improvement mega-warehouse store, I came across the glass block display and thought about piling up 2 or 3 of these under each monitor. It took me a half hour of stacking the blocks countless different ways. (laying flat, on edge, and various combinations of both) but I eventually came up with a configuration that got me the height I needed, was sturdy, and looked very cool. I have a pair standing next to each other on edge, with a third block perpendicular to the other two.

This gives me a flat surface a little longer front to back than side to side, just like my speakers. And it shows the "presentation" side of the glass blocks to anyone in the room, unless you walk around behind the monitors and then you will see the edges of the blocks.

The lame sketch below shows the basic arrangement of the blocks. I have the blocks resting on a 12" square piece of 1/2" cork and my monitors sit on a mouse pad resting on the glass blocks. After I had the blocks arranged the way I wanted them, I emptied a tube of the 100% silicon adhesive/caulk that they sell with the glass blocks. This caulk adhered the 3 blocks to each other and also helped deaden any any possible resonance within the blocks.

The blocks cost $4ea, so the total cost for both stands was around $30. I'll try to post a real photo in a couple of days.
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Old 18th March 2004
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here's the photo you all have been anxiously waiting for.......

FWIW, the final cost for the stands came in at just under $18 each.
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Old 18th March 2004
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Hehe it looks like a big ice cube

Where's the scotch to go with it?

Old 6th July 2012
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The scotch, still in it's box at the store, is sad that HS hasn't made up some stuff about the magical aural properties of quartz crystal fusion alignment and space-age polymer enhancement and moved the decimal point over one place. Or wired a blue led to a cat5 jack and moved it over another place. C'mon HS - tell us about the imaging and subtle nuance improvements....
Old 23rd December 2012
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I'm going to use 100 year old rustic oak barnwood scraps (of course you could use any wood)....a short piece of 4x4 as the leg sandwiched between 2 pieces of 1" for top and bottom and paint it black to match my desk. Total cost for me: $0. Should have them done faster than it would take me to drive to the hardware and back.
Old 3rd April 2013
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I've used 2 or 3 stacks of unused A4 paper in the past.

Seemed to work OK.
Old 3rd April 2013
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Originally Posted by DanRand View Post
I've used 2 or 3 stacks of unused A4 paper in the past.

Seemed to work OK.
What color paper?
Laser or Inkjet?
Hope it was "acid-free"!
Old 4 Weeks Ago
I made some simple 18mm MDF stands. A top and bottom in the size of the monitor. In between two slightly smaller pieces.
Self-sticking rubber-foam sheet as anti vibration layer on the top and bottom. Made from scrap pieces of MDF. The painting is the most expensive part.
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