I recently designed and build a set of speaker stands, for my own pair of Yamaha NS-1000M studio monitors. I recommend this project to anyone looking to put their own Yamaha NS-1000M speakers on stands and will describe the basic construction here.
First, get the wood. I used square-section pine for the legs and had 8 x 300mm lengths cut at my local hardware store. I also had 4 x 18mm MDF panels cut to the same dimensions as the NS-1000M top and bottom panels – 295mm x 375mm.
You can give the leg sections a light sand at this stage, just to take any rough edges off. Do the same with the four MDF panels.
Now you need to place a top panel on top of the four legs and drill a pilot hole straight through the top, into each leg section. These will take the initial 50 – 60mm countersunk wood screws.
Partly screw in these first screws, then drill a second pilot hole and add the second screws to each leg. I ended up using four screws per leg for the first of the top panels, spaced equally around the leg, leaving the centre area free for the last screws which will go through the two top panels, into the middle of the leg.
You now need to disassemble the legs from the top, add plenty of PVA glue to the joint surfaces , then reassemble, screwing the first screws in to clamp the legs to the top MDF piece.
Then drill and screw the remaining two screws per leg. You will now have each leg attached to one top section, with four screws.
Now we add the final top section. This is going to be secured with 5 extra 50mm wood screws. Four will go into the legs, through the existing top section and one will go through the middle, to help clamp the whole thing together. Before you do this, add a heap of PVA across the top of the attached MDF panel…
You might notice I had already mocked up the fit of the second top panel, and drilled pilot holes to guide the remaining four leg screws. You can do this too if you like. Then the second top piece is added. Now screw the remaining four leg screws into place, and drill a pilot hole for the middle screw, then screw that one into place also.
The middle screw will protrude out the bottom of the MDF top piece if you use 50mm screws, I took the extra off with my Dremel tool.
That’s really all there is to it. Your stands can be sanded at this point if you like and you should take some time to check that they are level and sit squarely on the floor.
Small adjustments cn be made here if you have an electric sander or plane, but it really pays off to get the legs as close to identical as possible before you put all the pieces together. The finished stands look really nice, even before you decide how to finish them off.