i am in need of a pair of speaker stands, and cant find anything that looks half decent. i am always looking for new projects (just finished building the speakers) and have decided to try to build my own stands, as a kind carpenter friend of mine offered the use of his well equiped workshop. this is my first carpentry project, and obviously i want something attractive and of good quality, but am also trying to keep it as simple as possible;straight lines and squares. the speakers they will be supporting are large; 24"x13.5"x11.5" and weighing approximatly 34lb each, they are very bassy for their size also, and so i need a very sturdy set of stands for them.
i have a reasonably simple three piece design, with a large trapezoidal cube base measuring 11" tall and 15"x15" bottom/10"10" top, with a 13"x4"x4" beam supporting a 13.5"x11.5"x1.5" panel. having never done anything like this before im going to assume that this will be harder than it sounds, and so i am trying to plan as cautiously and carefully as i can, and accepting that they may be a little rough around the edges when theyre finished. that said i am going to give it my all, so i have a few questions...
firstly, i would like to use two different types of wood; a dark wood for the base and top, which would need to be strong and heavy, and a light wood for the beam, which would need to be very strong and heavy also. having done about 5 mins research ive considered using different types of oak. now at this point i should mention that i am also trying to make these stands for as little money as possible, and have no idea how much this wood will cost. which types of wood should i consider using that would meet my criteria, and what sort of price range should i use to create a rough budget? would it be substantially cheaper to buy just one type of wood - the cheapest wood which is both strong and heavy, and then apply different finishes? and where should i look to buy the wood that i need? i cant seem to find anywhere selling such a large solid block as i would need.
secondly; the joints, ive done a little research and after watching a demonstration video on how to make a mortise and tenon, ive decided to attempt making a m&t on both joints, is this the best thing to do? is there an easier joint to make which will be equally strong?
finally, is there anything ive missed or should reconsider?
thankyou very much all for reading, sorry to have such a long and demanding post - any comments or advice at all would be greatly appreciated!