EASY step-by-steps TO MAKE A PHONE SPEAKER

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Clever Build -

Com­po­nents

Part Size

Bot­tom 210 x 145 x 7mm Sides 95 x 210 x 7mm Top 195 x 145 x 7mm Phone blocks 45 x 13 x 7mm Stand 105 x 37 x 7mm Back 105 x 65 x 7mm Ma­te­rial Ply­wood Ply­wood Ply­wood Ply­wood Ply­wood Ply­wood Qty 1

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Gather your sup­plies

900 x 600 x 7mm BC ply­wood

You’ll also need

Cir­cu­lar saw; pen­cil; jig­saw; fine sand­pa­per; sand­ing block; ham­mer; 15mm nails; long-nosed pli­ers; clamps; PVA glue; rag; nail punch, pine wood putty; clear var­nish; paint­brush

Here’s how

STEP 1 Use cir­cu­lar saw to cut ply­wood pieces to the same length and slightly wider than the bot­tom, top and sides. STEP 2 Draw shape of bot­tom on the ply­wood. The front is 145mm wide and the back is 105mm. Make the mid­dle of these edges on cen­tre­line of the ply. To set out the curves, draw lines from the corners at front and back and find their cen­tres. Mark 10mm in­side these points, then draw even curves from here to­wards each cor­ner. The front

is also slightly curved from its cen­tre to each side. Cut out shape with a jig­saw, re­tain­ing of­f­cuts of the curves.

STEP 3 Draw shape of 1 side on ply. The front is 95mm wide and the back is 50mm. Make the mid­dle of these edges on cen­tre­line of the ply. Use of­f­cut of curve from bot­tom to draw curves on side. Cut out shape us­ing jig­saw.

STEP 4 Use bot­tom as a tem­plate to draw top, mak­ing it shorter at the back for the phone slot. Also, use 1 side as a tem­plate to draw a sec­ond side. Cut out both shapes us­ing the jig­saw, then sand all com­po­nents to make smooth.

STEP 5 Mark thick­ness of ply on side edges of bot­tom. Half­way be­tween this line and the edge, tap in nails, us­ing pli­ers to hold in place.

STEP 6 To curve com­po­nents, clamp of­f­cuts to the sides and bot­tom.

STEP 7 With the sides up­right, spread PVA along the top edges. Put bot­tom on these edges and drive nails home. Re­move ex­cess glue with a damp rag.

STEP 8 Re­peat Step 5 to put nails along edges of top, then glue and nail to sides. En­sure front corners are flush to leave a gap at the rear.

STEP 9 Use nail punch to push the nails just be­low the sur­face of the ply­wood.

STEP 10 Fill nail holes us­ing putty. Let dry then sand smooth.

STEP 11 Glue phone blocks to in­side of bot­tom, flush with the back edge. Check that a phone can be sup­ported.

STEP 12 Cut stand to size with curves on each end. Spread glue on top edge and clamp to bot­tom 10mm from the front edge. Leave to dry.

STEP 13 Ap­ply 3 coats of var­nish to ex­te­rior and in­te­rior of unit, and the back, sand­ing lightly in be­tween. Al­low to dry.

STEP 14 Glue and nail back to unit. Punch nails and fill holes. Al­low to dry, then sand. Touch up var­nish.

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