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Rockler Wireless Speaker Kit with Playback/Volume Controls


Make a mini speaker with a beautiful wooden cabinet—connects to any Bluetooth® device, and features full playback and volume controls!

Item #
57033
Rating:
88% of 100

This kit includes all of the necessary electronic components to craft a mini wireless speaker—you build the speaker cabinet in the shape and material of your choice. You can use a simple block of wood with a hole drilled in it, or build a hollow cabinet with fancy joinery—it's up to you. You can also get creative by integrating speakers into furniture, cabinetry and other commonplace items. The speaker connects wirelessly to any Bluetooth enabled device. The kit includes a single full-range speaker, a USB cable, and a control pod with a USB charging port, 3.5mm auxiliary input, and on/off, forward, back and pause buttons. Pressing and holding the buttons lets you adjust the volume. The speaker and control pod are held in the cabinet via friction fit. Just use a 1-7/8'' hole saw or Forstner bit to drill the holes. You can also use a jig saw, as the bezel will conceal any rough edges. No soldering is required.

Features:

  • Connects to any Bluetooth-enabled device
  • Control panel features forward, back and pause buttons
  • Pressing and holding the buttons adjusts the volume
  • Auxiliary input jack lets you connect input sources with a standard ''mini jack'' or headphone cable
  • Inernal 500mAh battery is recharged with the included USB cable
  • Easy, solder-free wiring with the quick-connect color-coded fittings and 12'' wires

Rockler Bluetooth® Wireless Speaker Kit

  • (1) Speaker pod with grille and cables
  • (1) Control pod with playback and volume controls
  • (1) USB charging cable
  • (1) Set of instructions

More Information
Brand Rockler
Tech Spec
  • Required Hole Diameter: 1-7/8''
  • Speaker Wire Length: 12''
  • Battery Size: 500mAh
  • Battery Charger: USB Cable
  • Stereo or Mono: Mono
  • Aux Input: 3.5mm mini jack
  • Optimum Enclosure Volume: 250 cubic centimeters
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Great speaker for the price.
Built the basic square box for mine to see if it was worth the work. For $30 you can't beat this speaker. However keep in mind it may not be a $100 speaker quality, so don't spend $70 on crazy exotic wood. Overall I plan on making more speakers as gifts. They are fun little projects.
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Added Jul 5, 2020
July 5, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Product works great!
Cigar box Bluetooth
Cigar box Bluetooth
July 1, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Good product
Good quality speaker kit. Very pleased with the final product.
Walnut & Maple Guitar Speaker Box with Stand
Walnut & Maple Guitar Speaker Box with Stand
June 28, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Great item
I love the wireless speaker kit. It turned out better than I could have imagined.
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June 25, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Quality speaker for the price
Impressive sound quality out of a small speaker. Use it with my laptop for a surround sound. 4ish hour battery is alright for being the size of a small matchbox. Sync up is automatic with my phone after first link. If you go by the instructions bevel the Inner faces with the holes to make them align easier. also instructions need to make the box just a bit longer as the components are just hitting each other internally.
June 22, 2020
Purchased
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great for Christmas or other occasion gifts
I purchased the speaker kit to make gifts for Christmas. I was surprised how well it sounds.
Red Oak case, paduk front, back, & splines
Red Oak case, paduk front, back, & splines
Red Oak case, paduk front, back, & splines
Maple, Purple Heart & Paduk splines, and off cuts from bandsaw boxes for front and back
Maple, Purple Heart & Paduk splines, and off cuts from bandsaw boxes for front and back
June 22, 2020
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
A lot for a little
Turns out really well. Made it a water fall effect with the dowel pin. Goes together pretty simple. Will get another.
June 16, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
An incredible kit for a great value
I purchased several of these to add music to my fire pit beer and wine totes. Very simple to install and a great feature to be able to combine music to a fireside drink.
Beer, wine, a fire and now music added.  Thanks Rockler
Music added to a perfect backyard caddy.
June 15, 2020
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Sounds good!
This speaker sounds very good once you build the enclosure for it. I rarely do any fine detail woodworking required to make this enclosure but it was rewarding. I would recommend you give this speaker kit a try - I think you'd be happy with it.
3/4" Patagonia Rosewood Enclosure
3/4" Patagonia Rosewood Enclosure
June 12, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Works great.
June 11, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
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Why did you choose this?
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have used these before. The new version is much better than the old version. Folks i give the finished products to say the sound is great.
R. H on Jul 6, 2020
To replace a kit that did not work
James H on Jun 29, 2020
have used these before. The new version is much better than the old version. Folks i give the finished products to say the sound is great.
R. H on Jul 6, 2020
Want to make as a gift
DENNIS T on Jul 1, 2020
To replace a kit that did not work
James H on Jun 29, 2020
to make gifts.
Rick A on Jun 3, 2020
I thought my dad would like it.
Christina L on Jun 3, 2020
Gift for my sister
Brad B on May 31, 2020
Great sound, I've made many mini guitars using these speakers!
Gary H on May 28, 2020
Just made boxs for both kits great sound and volume.
Donald C on May 27, 2020
For a project
MikeG on May 25, 2020
This kit provides the electronics to build a very cool unique speaker. I can focus on the wood work.
Steven B on May 14, 2020
Unique, quick weekend project.
Joel M on May 11, 2020
Perfect design for implementing a drive-in theater speaker.
Michael H on May 10, 2020
I am intrigued by this project. I do fused glass art and thing this would be an interest combination turning art glass into speakers.
Joanne K on May 8, 2020
This will be a great project to make with my grandchildren.
Ronald Y on May 8, 2020
Project with friends
Matthew G on May 6, 2020
Have purchased this item in the past to make going away gifts for people in my office. Excellent speaker that is very easy to assemble and use. Makes my life easier when building my projects.
Greg N on May 6, 2020
I selected this particular wireless speaker kit because there are many positive feedback comments and it looks like a useful item when finished.
William D on May 6, 2020
looking for a fun project
Jeffrey Z on May 4, 2020
Christmas presents
Garret on May 4, 2020
to make the splines in the bluetooth radio in your free plans
Michael F on May 2, 2020
Only single speaker Bluetooth kit I could find!
Alana L on May 2, 2020
fun project
G A on Apr 30, 2020
Gift for my son
Richard S on Apr 30, 2020
small intresting project for wifes b-day
Brian R on Apr 27, 2020
Seems like a fun project.
Alan F on Apr 26, 2020
Looks like a neat project if it comes out good I will make one for each of my 4 grandchildren
Edward N on Apr 25, 2020
My brother bought me this kit for Christmas. I built a speaker and I love it so I am building some more for friends and family.
Anthony F on Apr 24, 2020
sounds interesting
Erik S on Apr 23, 2020
wanted something to use with my cell phone. saw ad in handyman magazine.was cool you could make your own box i am crafter
jane o on Apr 21, 2020
they are fantastic great sound
Jerry L on Apr 20, 2020
bought one and it workd great, making them for xmas presents , putting them in half logs...
R A on Apr 19, 2020
I have built this kit before. It produces wonderful sound and the kit plans are straightforward and attractive.
James O on Apr 16, 2020
Great gift item for family & friends and plenty of box ideas to create great looking speakers.
Paul D on Apr 16, 2020
Project with my kids
Chris W on Apr 15, 2020
Hope it will make a great gift.
G R on Apr 11, 2020
REVIEWS WERE EXCELLENT
donnie b on Apr 10, 2020
have purchased a couple of these in the past. big hit as gifts and an easy build. allows for a lot of creativity
Greg R on Apr 10, 2020
curious of how I can implement this product in one of my project.
Millie Acevedo C on Apr 9, 2020
Making gifts for grandchildren.
debbie t on Apr 9, 2020
Wanted to try and build for my grandson.
Mark G on Apr 8, 2020
I have an old Horn type speaker from the '20s and I thought I would try to make it work again with a modern speaker in the base.
Dave M on Apr 8, 2020
look like it would be fun to do
LarryW on Apr 8, 2020
trying out a new project
Josh l on Apr 7, 2020
New project to try
Richard L on Apr 6, 2020
For fun
Nicholas B on Apr 5, 2020
During the current situation in our country I’ve decided I am going to host an industrial arts class with my three daughters. We are going to build a wireless speaker together
Anthoney C on Apr 4, 2020
Fun project for some of my scraps
Lee C on Apr 4, 2020
sample for future projects
Hal J on Apr 2, 2020
Part of a gift for someone
Michael S on Mar 31, 2020
Figured I can make some Christmas gifts while I am "sheltered in place".
James L on Mar 30, 2020
Want to make as a gift
DENNIS T on Jul 1, 2020
to make gifts.
Rick A on Jun 3, 2020
How many watts is this speaker?
Edward T on Sep 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 2.5W
What is the battery life???
Bubba C on Sep 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Up to 6hrs
Is there an alternate source? I have several cases I made as gifts and need the speakers
Terry M on Jul 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Each kit includes the control panel, internal cabling, charging cable, and speaker. You need one kit per box.
Where is the battery?
Darkw1ng69 on Sep 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is connected to the back of the speaker.
What bluetooth level? 4.0?
Charlie on Sep 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The instructions reference Bluetooth 2.1.
What is the sound quality like?
Cabinet Guy on Sep 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have put together these speakers in a box, and I have found that the smaller the enter box open space is the better the speaker sounds,
and yes they don't put out the sound that 2 speakers do or more expensive ones, but for the price you get a good sound,
I have bought several others from stores and these sound as good if not better, like I said the larger the enter box is, the more sound is lost.
There seems to be some confusion on whether (and how) two speakers can be wired together. Can someone from Rockler clear up this question?
Craig on Sep 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This speaker uses A2DP signal processing to combine the right and left audio channels using a single speaker. The speaker will pair with most audio devices, and will occupy the entire Bluetooth channel that it is paired on.

In short, two speakers cannot be combined.
Can this can be used while plugged in?
phoxhole on Sep 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it can
How does the speaker turn off? On off switch does not turn it off
Terry V on Jan 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Try holding the button down longer. I that doesn’t work hold it for a or shorter time. I’ve not had any problems.
In the first step of the downloadable instructions, it states that to use 1/4" router bit and cut a dado 1/4" deep. Unless of course the material list is wrong, cutting a 1/4" deep dado on 1/4" thick material would go right through the wood. If using the suggested 1/4" thick material, the dado cut would be 1/8" deep, not 1/4". To keep that depth cut to its approximate depth of cut,
would recommend 3/8" thick material and followed by 3/16" depth of cut for the dado?
Daniel L on Oct 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I am using 1/4" material and am making 1/8" dado cuts. With the stock being 1/4" thick, the sides being 3", and the ends 2 3/4" square, it was the only thing that made sense to me.
WHAT IS THE OUTSIDE DIAMETER OF THE CHROME TRIM PIECES?
Tony K on Feb 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: 2 1/8"
Does the documentation include plans for a speaker box?
Andrew M on Jan 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I do believe it came with one but it was over a year ago and can not remember sorry. However, when ordering it has a free downloadable plan of the Web site. Just look above the Add to cart box.
Ease of assembly? I'm thinking of getting this kit for my 11 year old son who has some basic electrical and wood working experience. Adults would obviously be close by to supervise and help. How easy is assembly? Is this something an older child could put together with help?
Megan on Nov 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Megan,
The speaker kit itself is very easy to assemble, the real challenge will be assembling the speaker box itself, if he has an adult their to help guide him he should do well. Having said that he will need to know how to use a router as well as a table saw. It is a wonderful project and he will be proud of his accomplishment. The wireless speaker is a fun project and rewarding. Tell him good luck with project and enjoy the music.
How I am looking to try build a few Bluetooth speakers. Doo the kits you have only come with 1 speaker or can I get a kit to use 2?
Gerry on Sep 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: These kits only have one speaker. This system does not allow pairing more than one speaker at a time.
Is the sound quality better with a hollow box or a solid piece of wood? Or doesn't in matter?
Todd V on Jan 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: KEEPING in mind the dimensions recommended in the instructions for the inside volume (250cubic cm!), do the math and realize this is a tiny container! It won't sound like a huge Bose speaker no matter what you build, and bigger interior space will swallow the sound output. It gets it's volume control from, for instance a cell phone and the tiny electronics in the unit won't go loud. I found it has plenty of pleasant volume for a tiny speaker and in a room, you can hear it just fine. It's a nice LITTLE project, BUT, be careful to read directions for connection of speaker wires and plugs are a bit fragile and I don't think you would want to disconnect and reconnect the plugs more than once or even twice...It's a nice unit but needs to be handled with care!
could it work with non bluetooth products. such as ipod classic?
dan p on Oct 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi Dan. There is no mini jack on the unit, only a Bluetooth interface. I thought about that too as I own an IPod that I've had since 2005, butI can't use it with this. I did buy two of them as I have a lot of uses for it myself, and it's built very well and I bought the second one because I think it's going to make an awesome gift! Once I give that one away I'm sure I'll be buying more of them.
Can you use a microphone on it?
Douglas M on Feb 26, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It’s blue-tooth enabled so if you have a blue-tooth microphone you could pair with it. There’s a “line-in” plug for audio in-put so I imagine that could be used with a sub-miniature jack. Although you could likely just speak up and be heard better than through this tiny speaker! Roy
Can the battery be removed from the speaker so it will fit in a solid block without chiseling out the inside?
Allen T on Jan 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: probably not but even if it could be removed, you're best to leave it alone. this is not a quality product. Mine worked only about 3 times. They gave me another one and it had about the same result.
Can you extend the wires easily to place speaker in a larger container?
Kenneth L on Nov 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The wiring is very easy/basic. If the two components are to be installed back to back, the distance from the front of the material or box to the back must be at least 2" but no more than 6" to allow wire connections to be made. Check out the technical downs pdf.
If this were to be used in a solid block of wood how deep would the countersink need to be?
Jim S on Nov 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: HI Jim, If you're talking about allowing for the inner flange depth, it would be 7/16". If you're talking about clear space behind the speaker, I like about twice the distance of the full depth of the speaker. With the speaker at 1 1/8" deep I think minimum depth should be 2 1/4". If that's a completely enclosed space you might want to find a way to vent air from inside. Although it's small it will still push air inside what would essentially be the cabinet and will sound better if that air can escape.
Where can you purchase the chrome trim?
Scott D on Apr 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It used to come with the speakers. It appears they may have discontinued that part
What is the depth of the speaker?
William P on Feb 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Depth is probably about an inch and a half, should be in the installation instructions that are included.
is there a volume adjustment or is it at preset level?
Craig on Jan 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Lewis,
The volume is controlled by the blue tooth device you pair it with.
how thick is the speaker?
Robert L on Dec 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you notice the specs, the required interior space is 15.25 cubic inches for "optimum enclosure vollume". If you make an enclosure with that much interior space, there is of room for the speaker and the control module which usually fits opposite the speaker in this little enclosure. How thick the speaker is? I'd say over 1-1/2 inches but the control module is thicker due to the electronics involved. You might be able to write to Rockler directly if you need more specifics. THis kit is designed to work optimally in a tiny 'cabinet' box.
What kind of foam do you use in the speaker?
Frank W on Feb 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I used some left over seat cushion 3/4"thick that I cut up. You don't need much
Do you need to power off when you're not using the unit or should it be turned on/off as needed?
Dutch John on Nov 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It needs to be turned on/off as needed unless it is plugged into a USB port.
Mine seems to be noise-activated, so that I miss the first word of a spoken sentence, or the opening attack of a musical note. My other bluetooth devices don't do this. Anyone else have this issue?
Rich S on Jun 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Consider contacting customer service for a replacement. Here is a link to our return policy. https://www.rockler.com/faq-ordering#SatisfactionGuarantee
Feedback distortion when playing how to remedy problem?
Bob D on Nov 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I never had the problem but it may be that the speaker box is too close to the radio or cell phone
Has anyone experimented with enclosure designs? I put this in cigar box and installed a baffle to decrease the interior cubic volume to about what is suggested in the instructions which improved the sound somewhat. I'm considering trying a folded horn design.
Dr. Marc on Nov 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It might, just don't make the enclosure too big. The best interior volume appears to be what's in the instructions.
Can you connect two together? If so how far apart can they be?
Big T on Aug 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I had the same question. A friend of mine that’s an electronics wiz said yes with a small signal syncer. Haven’t done it yet though.
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