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June 16, 2014 AT 1:00 am

From the Forums: Simple Class D Stereo Amp Enclosure Created In Walnut

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widgetninja shared a walnut enclosure he created for his class D stereo amp board:

So browsing adafruit.com a while back I came across a class-d amplifier board they recently introduced. What is interesting about class-d amps is they are very efficient, thus generally needing no heatsinks. Seeing boards like this I am frequently reminded how far things have progressed since my electronics classes in 92/93. In that class I tried to build an amplifier for my car, and really didn’t get much further than etching the board. The traces didn’t etch cleanly, even using the advanced (at the time) sharpie+acid method. After getting board patched up with jumper wires to fix screwed up traces I then realized how expensive power mosfets were for a high school student. End of that project.

So I of course bought this little amplifier board immediately. There has been some conversations around the house that we should have music upstairs. So this board + an old ebay purchased airport express should do the trick nicely. So board in hand, it needed a box. I always skimp on the box, but in this case the board was pre-manufactured so I could afford to put some energy into its home. I haven’t done anything with any hardwoods on the CNC yet, and I had some walnut I got from a friend when he moved. So I set about making a box.

I have no jointer, so surfacing with the CNC, using a 1″ bit.

…Overall a fun project, and I learned how nice walnut is to work with. I also finished an amplifier project, that i started over 20 years ago!

Read the entire sequence here at his site.

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