The Fine Things are Always Hand Made
Here are a couple of photos, which I have emailed to Kent.
Bruce helped me with design Vert. and Horiz. repeat measurements and
I believe you will all be happy with what we have achieved.
I have edited colors from ipad to Picasa 3 on an HD monitor, so I believe I have the colors fairly close to actual, as well.
The first photo is a close up, and it is darker,..however
The second photo caught more light and is very close to actual.
I am sorry it took so long , but we are rolling now, . This is just the tip of the iceberg !
It takes time to grow.......
Thank you all for your patience,
Kenneth Richmond II
Grill cloth installation suggestion.
Scott speaker cloth edges were usually installed in saw kerfs (a groove about 1/8 inch wide and deep cut by a table saw by the cabinet company), secured with small size wood strips pressing the cloth flush into the wood's saw kerf that had some glue already in the saw kerf. Pushing the wood strips and cloth into the kerf helped stretch the cloth, as well.
I have seldom been able to remove those wood strips intact. You can probably find sufficiently small replacement wood strips at a hobby shop.
But I substitute the smaller diameter .125 inch (I/8th") screen door spline and use a spline tool to press the spline into the original saw kerf. The tool has a wheel at each end - use the one with a concave edge. Stretch the cloth somewhat as you force the spline and cloth into the saw kerf. Once the spline is seated in the groove, use the wheel on the other end of the tool to further press the spline into the bottom of the saw kerf groove. When you finish, judge the cloth for tightness. and the pattern alignment. If not satisfactory, you can pull the spline out to further stretch and align the cloth as you reinstall the cloth. Use of glue may present a problem readjusting the cloth. I usually find glue unnecessary.
As for the old saw kerf, remnants of the old cloth, wood strips and glue can be stubborn to remove, but must be removed. To clean out the remnants, try a table saw with a saw blade the width of the original saw kerf. Be very carful setting the blade depth and the fence location. Use a test piece of plywood until you can match the original saw kerf. Then one pass will clean out the old saw kerf. Lacking a table saw, careful work with a hand saw may be sufficient, but a table saw is far better and quick.
Practice installation technique with some speaker cloth scraps to get the feel of the installation process before proceeding for real. After you have successful mounted the new cloth, then use a very sharp (fresh, new) razor or utility knife blade to trim excess cloth.
I have always like the idea of the 1/8" or 3/16" saw cut, and it is effective.
I just want everyone to be cautious as to how delicate all this fabric is. It can easily be snagged ,
and if you are pulling the opposite way without realizing it,.. it could cause problems. One sure way to keep this from happening, is to be sure you have the area completely clean and everything ready when you apply the cloth.
Most of you know, I roll this fabric face in , from top to bottom or side to side, depending what size you order. Use this to your advantage, ....after removing the brown paper, roll it back up as it was ,..and use the lead end to start across the speaker board. This will make a great deal of difference in application,..whatever you use glue or the slot technique.
Thank you , Dave, for reminding me, I had forgotten about that process.
I also want to say , thank you to everyone for your support, It is greatly appreciated,
Have a good weekend
Kenneth Richmond II
Ah yes. Those fine threads do catch of any rough edge. A little dressing of the saw kerf edges with fine sand paper is prudent. Also, some blue tape on the edges of the wood baffle as well to avoid snagging the threads of the new cloth while positioning the cloth.