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Emprov 1st July 2005 02:20 PM

The finishing touch: Speaker grills
 
Well, my first DIY speaker project is pretty much done (Wayne's Budget Home Theaters) except for the speaker grills. What's commonly used for the frames? I was thinking about using some 1/2" MDF, is there something different that you guys would recommend?

Audiophilenoob 1st July 2005 02:24 PM

Re: The finishing touch: Speaker grills
 
Quote:

Originally posted by Emprov
Well, my first DIY speaker project is pretty much done (Wayne's Budget Home Theaters) except for the speaker grills. What's commonly used for the frames? I was thinking about using some 1/2" MDF, is there something different that you guys would recommend?

if you have any welding skills I would recommend that

Emprov 1st July 2005 02:28 PM

Never cut metal with fire before but I've always wanted to get into it. I think that my wife would kill me if I told her that I wanted to buy a welding rig though. It's gotta be wood....at least for now, I'm not really the type to stick with anything for too long (wife excluded ;) )

Audiophilenoob 1st July 2005 02:32 PM

what about a PVC board material? like say .5" PVC stock in a 4x8 sheet? should be less prone to breakage than MDF unless you go really thick/wide on the MDF

RCBandwidth 1st July 2005 02:32 PM

Speaker Grills howto
 
Some good info on grills for you.....Bob C.


http://www.humanspeakers.com/howto/grill-cloth.htm

chris ma 1st July 2005 02:33 PM

IMHO
 
Soft pine strip may be more suitable and easier to use with staples..

Mr Evil 1st July 2005 02:48 PM

I would avoid using frames completely if possible, since they cause diffraction at high frequencies. There are other simple methods of attaching a grill, e.g. one ingenious method I have seen described involved a groove around all four sides behind the front baffle and an elasticated grill which grips the groove.

RCBandwidth 1st July 2005 02:54 PM

I agree with the Diffraction argument..but where is the gentleman going to find the elastic grill?...Do you have a link to this method so he can explore it. Bob C.

Emprov 1st July 2005 03:00 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by Mr Evil
I would avoid using frames completely if possible, since they cause diffraction at high frequencies.
I'm with you here but Wayne's design called for the tweeters to be surface mounted, they stick out approx 1/4-3/8".

chris ma 1st July 2005 05:13 PM

Elastic grills? Do you mean stockings/tights/pantyholes... like the bank robbers used to cover their front panels on the heads?


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