How To Convert Canning Jars Into Audio Speakers

How To Convert Canning Jars Into Audio Speakers

Gregory Han
Apr 13, 2012

I like to tease my better half for her affinity for collecting what seems like an ever-mounting collection of jars (she's studying to become a master food preserver, thus our closets are filled with sodas, jams, jellies, pickled foods, etc). I think I may surprise her and mention I too would like to get into this jar business...all with the plans of building myself some audio speakers!

A simple housing for David Mellis' open-source Fab Speakers. Using readily available household items and basic construction methods allow for even further customization and flexibility of the Fab Speakers. Varying jar shapes/sizes can be mixed with alternate feet for different looks.

No instructions from Sarah Pease, but it appears it would be as simple as dismantling the speakers and carefully glue gunning them to the canning jar lid.

Very iffy if you ask me...

The most difficult step would be drilling a hole through the glass to allow the speaker wires to snake out from the canning jars (perhaps with a little alteration, one could skip drilling a hole and use Flatwire to snake out from the top and down the side?). And it's all likely those keen angled cork "speaker stands" shown above were laser cut to size, but perhaps someone out there knows where to source a similar accessory (we're guessing for oenophiles).

(Images: Sarah Pease, David A. Mellis/MIT, WikiHow)

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