Carley Jacobson over at the Instructables staff sent over her latest project we think is perfect for a slightly upscale summer picnic in the (Golden Gate) park: the Suitcase Picnic Table with Speaker System. It's a pretty simple project to copy, requiring only minimal materials and construction skills. You'll need a spare suitcase, the older the better, and a set of small USB powered speakers…
You may be asking what powers the speakers while toting this stylish picnic accessory here and there, away from a power outlet. Carley turned to yet another DIY solution to provide the juice when on the loose: a Minty Boost USB charger
. The suitcase also holds a set of plates and table setting within, and converts from suitcase into a small table for two with a set of retractable legs.
Sourcing a vintage suitcase might be as simple as snooping around your parents/grandparent's attic or basement (ask before, of course). We also recommend Goodwill, especially in neighborhoods with a high senior population, and checking out your local flea market.
There are plenty of USB powered audio speakers out there to use. Carley used the Altec Lansing BXR1220
, but the newer Altec Lansing Orbit USB Stereo Speakers
might be even better, since they're an upgrade in performance and of similar shape/size..
Complete instructions about Carley's project over at Instructables/Suitcase Picnic Table and Speaker System.
If you're not in the DIY mood, you can always just order a similar styled suitcase-audio creation, sans table legs from an Illinois artist who specializes in the luggage meets audio equipment category: