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This is a quick and fun project. You can have most of it completed in a few hours. I built my prototype in an evening.
iPod touches and iPhones have built in speakers in the base. However, the sound is rather "tinny". You can of course buy some sort of electronic speakers or dock or some other technology. Even just putting your iPhone inside a coffee cup will amplify and focus the sound. But I'm a woodworker, looking for a challenge...
Essentially, by building some sort of a base with a built in funnel or cone shape, you can focus and improve the sound. It sounds much fuller and louder. If you google "passive iPhone (or iPod) speaker" you will see many intricate options out there, many for sale.
As an experiment, I grabbed a chunk of wood and marked and cut out a simple funnel shape, and then glued on some sides. I then fitted in a couple blocks to support the iPod. The sound was amazingly improved. I was rather surprised, given how ad-hoc my design had been. Still, it works, so I pressed ahead with making another one and documenting it as I did so.
This top slot needs to be wide enough to allow your iPod to easily slip in and out, but not too wide so that it flops around. The blocks keep it from sliding down too far inside.
And here below are a couple of pictures of the finished project.
Thanks for reading!