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Old 28th January 2005, 05:11 PM   #1
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Default Roundover or chamfer behind the driver?

Which do you prefer to do to the front baffle of a cabinet? I always read that you should roundover the backside of the baffle to allow the speaker to "breath" but was wondering if maybe doing a 45 degree chamfer would be better? I'm using 3/4" MDF and only have a 1/2" chamfer and 1/2" roundover for my largest bits. If you think I should get a larger one (maybe even do a 3/4" chamfer) I can go and buy one.

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Old 28th January 2005, 06:04 PM   #2
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Driver size determines the worth of this; a small driver may have much of its rear venting virtually enclosed by the baffle, while a ten or twelve is usually unaffected. Rounding versus chamfering is mostly a matter of whatever is easier to accomplish. Make sure that whatever process you use doesn't hinder the mounting hardware.
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Old 28th January 2005, 07:23 PM   #3
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Ooops, should have mentioned this was for a 4.5" woofer! That's why I was curious at to whether or not I should chamfer and take more of the backing off or just stick to the roundover. When I put the 4.5" driver in the hole you can't even see the cone; that's how much it's being covered up by the MDF!

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Old 28th January 2005, 08:22 PM   #4
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The best result will be had if you use a 1/2 radius bit and also inlay the drivers flush to the baffle, which reduces the effective baffle thickness at the driver by a quarter inch or so.
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Old 28th January 2005, 08:32 PM   #5
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I will be using a 1/2" rabbetting bit and flush mounting these. I did a test on a spare piece of MDF and got it perfectly flush and they look real sharp. I forgot about doing that and how that would reduce the depth so I guess that will help a bit. With that I could probably get away with using a 1/2" bit. Heck, I'll just go home and try each (roundover/chamfer) on half of the test cutout I did and see which one I like better.

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