I've been experimenting with various methods of construction speaker grills and attaching the cloth. I was curious as to what you all were doing as it's always nice to share ideas.
What material are you using for your frame(s)?
What material are you using for grill cloth?
How are you attaching the cloth to the frame?
How are you attaching the frame to the speaker?
Any special touches, finishes, or edges you apply? Lessons learned?
As always, pics are a bonus.
I'll start first:
I'm currently using ripped 1x2 strips of MDF joined via glue, pocket screws, and/or finishing nails together for a frame. I've also used pine and plywood, but I found that MDF was/is always straight and pretty easy to work with. I like to paint the frames black so that they can not be seen underneath the material I'm using as a cloth. I like to use Joann fabric black speaker cloth but lately I've been disappointed with the quality of the material. Lately it seems thinner and more opaque than normal and seems to tear easily. Looking for nice DIY alternatives here.
I've been using simple staples to attach the cloth the frame but looking for alternatives here as well. I've seen some here mention they're using a splining method (using screen tight I believe) to attach the cloth which intrigues me. I saw lowes sells the spline in 5/16" size and was curious if I could just channel out some space using my router and a 5/16" straight bit to achieve the same effect.
I've been using 1/2" diameter x 0.2" thickness neo magnets to attach the grills to the speaker. I simply drill pilot holes in the frames/speaker and recess a 0.2" hole into both and secure in place with gorilla glue or PL.
I also like to put a 45 degree/chamfered edge on my grills - personal preference but I like the look!
Some random pics:
Edited by Gorilla83 - 5/20/13 at 12:49pm