I’ve recently taken up woodworking and it has become a good companion to my interest in pairing electronic audio with characterful inputs and outputs. (You might trace this all the way back to var piece; but is more apparent in works using transducers like 802.11 and Toccata, and works for small speakers like AOSP Sensors, What’s at Hand, and revelling….) I’m still very much a beginner woodworker, but the projects are already fruitful. I’ve heard you have to make 50 boxes in order to get good at making them. Here are three I’ve made (not including our empties bin):

Haptic Box

A self-built sound sculpture or feedback instrument or detritus. Designs, code, reflections, and more info are here.

A book-shaped box with hard maple “spine” and softwood “covers”. The wood for the covers was reclaimed from a discarded bannister and seems to carry vibrations better than the denser hard maple in the Maple Box below. Outfitted with two piezos, two transducers, a preamp, an Adafruit 20W amp, Raspberry Pi with DAC, and separate batteries for the amps and the computer, as well as jacks and switches to control the signal flow.

Maple Box

The first build to feature actual joinery. Uses hard maple and outfitted with two piezo pickups, two large transducers, a preamp buffer and an Adafruit amp. The slightly thicker and denser Maple means this little one squeals and walks around the desk.

Pathside Box

A very early box using hardware store materials (cedar fenceboards and 1/8th inch plywood). This box hosts an occasional & transient public installation, read more here. The first in an ongoing series of feedback boxes.