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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:
84% 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
4.2 / 5.0
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Great product. Easy to set up, good sound and battery life
Paduk and maple
Paduk and maple
January 22, 2020
Purchased
4 weeks ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Fantastic way to spend a saturday
Well, I drank some beer at a pile of curly maple and black walnut, and out popped this music box. I played the thing before putting it in the box and it sounded... not great. But as soon as it was mounted in the box, the acoustics were great. I think the box significantly impacts the reverb. Anyways, it sounds great, the plans were easy to follow (and modify), and now I have this neat-o little dude to stuff in my ice fishing gear.
January 19, 2020
Purchased
1 week ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Combination Bluetooth Speaker and Qi Charger
I used the Rockler kit to build a combination Bluetooth speaker and Qi charger for my daughter’s birthday. Kit is straightened, easy to use, and works well.
January 17, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Good quality for the money.
Bought one for my wife, she likes it very much. I had to have one for the shop. I'm not a sound expert, but I think the sound quality is very good. Plus the speaker doesn't take up a great deal of space on my bench.
January 7, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
I used the miter saw as show in the video to cut the wood.
Nice full sound you can pause answer the phone on it.
Bluetooth let’s me play my Amazon music.
January 6, 2020
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Bluetooth speaker
They work great
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January 3, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Great versatile speaker
This speaker is a great idea. You can put it in anything to suit your style or taste. I've started making my grown daughters something for Christmas every year for sentimental reasons. This year I made the mini guitars and installed these wireless speakers in them. They were easy to install and easy to use. My daughters loved them. I will definitely be buying more for future projects.
Baltic Burch plywood, black walnut front and back
Back, speaker controls
Front speaker
December 31, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Awesome speaker for any project.
Impressed with the sound quality. Bought enough to make over ten as gifts. Used suggested diameter to drill hole. In simple boxes this works great. In solid wood or solid pieces need to carve out inside some to fit wires and battery which are larger than hole opening. That’s all wood working though. Speakers worked great.
Speakers made with provided plans and two variations.
Close up of speakers. Great sound.
December 29, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Liked to project
Easy to follow directions . Fit and finish was good .
December 24, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Completed project sounds great
December 22, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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Why did you choose this?
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would like to use in a desk top organizer
Kevin H on Jan 21, 2020
Easy to use and work well. Wondered if you could make a bigger speaker at some point
Thomas B on Jan 19, 2020
would like to use in a desk top organizer
Kevin H on Jan 21, 2020
Want to have this, as a little extra.
LARRY J F on Jan 19, 2020
Easy to use and work well. Wondered if you could make a bigger speaker at some point
Thomas B on Jan 19, 2020
Making presents for friends, and I'm making my own ice fishing tackle box, so I'm going to mount one of them inside the tackle box.
A N on Jan 10, 2020
Works well and good value.
Luke N on Jan 10, 2020
Used before
Thomas B on Jan 5, 2020
Working on next year's Christmas gifts, thought these would be fun to make and enjoyed by recipients. A little pricey for parts, but I do have pieces of lumber to work with.
richard j on Jan 4, 2020
Simple
Timothy S on Jan 1, 2020
Trying out a wireless speaker. Seems like it should be easy enough to make the box
EarlS on Dec 30, 2019
i want to build guitar shaped speaker for my grandson
David S on Dec 23, 2019
need a small bluetooth speaker for my shop and like the idea of making a custom box for it.
Tim on Dec 23, 2019
Need for box
Stan S on Dec 23, 2019
Been interested for some time. So now it is time.
Mark M on Dec 23, 2019
I'm repurposing old Kodak Brownie Bakelite cameras into blue tooth speakers as desktop gifts . pretty incredible looking
Randy B on Dec 23, 2019
Just did this speaker for my grandson. I did the box a little different than the plans, which I think is fairly normal. Pleasantly surprised with the sound quality of the speaker. Now I'm going to make one for my grand daughter
David M on Dec 22, 2019
Gonna see if this will work nicely in my shop or if I'll need a more powerful one like the old speaker kit that I still need to make.
Rayne on Dec 21, 2019
I have an older version, really like it, This one is for my granddaughter.
Dennis S on Dec 21, 2019
I made them and need more.
Philip P on Dec 21, 2019
Next year's birthday gifts
J O on Dec 20, 2019
Christmas gifts
Richard Z on Dec 17, 2019
Looks like a fun project for my husband to do with the kids.
Britton D on Dec 16, 2019
Gift for my nephew.
Shirley P on Dec 13, 2019
For making Christmas gifts
David L on Dec 13, 2019
Music in my shop
Robert W N on Dec 12, 2019
replacement for ones I purchased awhile ago that failed to take a charge
Shawn C on Dec 12, 2019
Thought it would be a fun project, then practical use for BT sound.
Gerald S on Dec 11, 2019
My sister and husband are building a new home. This will be a nice moveable addition
Robert K on Dec 11, 2019
I need to learn woodworking basics, and this seemed like a fun project that would be more useful then just a box.
Dan R on Dec 11, 2019
to make a unique gift for my wife.
mark t on Dec 11, 2019
Make a Christmas Gift
Barry B on Dec 11, 2019
Saw video on guitar shaped project and looked like nice gift project.
Charles B on Dec 10, 2019
school project
Leslie B on Dec 9, 2019
Xmas gift
Thomas M on Dec 8, 2019
have a barstool to build with blue tooth on it
kurt on Dec 8, 2019
gift
Joe E on Dec 5, 2019
Bought one a while back and was perfect to build gifts loved it !
Kyle on Dec 4, 2019
This was on my brother's Christmas list last year, but it sold out super fast. He added it again on his list this year.
Jessica Schwenken E on Dec 2, 2019
Christmas gifts
Dave S on Dec 2, 2019
making gifts
David A on Dec 1, 2019
Used them before. Great speakers, good service
Ken S on Dec 1, 2019
First one works and sounds great. Fun gift project.
ben g on Dec 1, 2019
It looked like it would make a nice gift.
DAVID S. on Nov 30, 2019
Christmas gifts
Michael B. R on Nov 30, 2019
To make Christmas gifts.
Phillip D on Nov 30, 2019
Cool speaker setup
Jmanclovis on Nov 30, 2019
To make Christmas gifts
Gary S on Nov 30, 2019
Christmas Gifts
PETER B on Nov 29, 2019
CHristmas Gift
Jeremy K on Nov 29, 2019
Nice gift project
Jim S on Nov 29, 2019
Project for winter months.
WILLIAM T on Nov 27, 2019
Want to have this, as a little extra.
LARRY J F on Jan 19, 2020
Making presents for friends, and I'm making my own ice fishing tackle box, so I'm going to mount one of them inside the tackle box.
A N on Jan 10, 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.
What bluetooth level? 4.0?
Charlie on Sep 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The instructions reference Bluetooth 2.1.
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.
Where is the battery?
Darkw1ng69 on Sep 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is connected to the back of the speaker.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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: I have made a couple of them already. I made one box kind of like the inside of a Bose radio. It came out ok, still need some adjusting to it. I have also just made a plain box for it which works fairly well, although it is not really that loud at all.
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.
What's the ohm output on this speaker?
Scott L on Jul 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I suspect it is the standard 8 ohms, HOWEVER< since it is self contained and small, I'd be suspect-- As it is a self contained little system, I suggest you not mess with adding additional speaker or messing with the output! Only other suggestion it so send ROCKLER a query at their tech dept and see what they say?
How deep is the speaker, from front to back?
Dan H on Dec 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The speaker unit is 1-5/16 inch (33mm) front to back and the control unit is 9/16 inch (15 mm) front to back.
Just mounted the speaker. The speaker keeps turning itself on. any idea what is happening?
mike l on Apr 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Please contact our Technical Services Department for assistance: 800-260-9663 or support@rockler.com
Is this product water/moisture proof?
Patrick on Dec 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Looking at it I would not think it would be water proof.
When you power up do you need to hold the button down for a couple of seconds or is there a delay on start up? Same for turning off. There are various beeps and sounds coming out of the speaker -- any clue as to what they mean?
John on Nov 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Sorry about the misspelled words in my answer. Basically give the speaker time to find you device after power up
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