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Old 1st July 2005, 02:20 PM   #1
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Default 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?
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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
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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 )
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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
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Default Speaker Grills howto

Some good info on grills for you.....Bob C.


http://www.humanspeakers.com/howto/grill-cloth.htm
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Soft pine strip may be more suitable and easier to use with staples..
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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.
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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.
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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".
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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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