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MagicB1S
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Where can I find Speaker Cloth? and what is the best way to apply it to plywood?
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sleightly
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Have you got a Joanne's fabrics nearby? They usually carry it... (Sorry I missed you, I performed up in your neck of the woods a couple of years ago... Lovely area....)

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Sleightly,
If you performed nearby then you know that there is not much in these parts. I don't think there is a Joannes fabrics anywhere close but I will check them out and see where the nearest one is to me. Where did you perform? I don't miss too mant acts that come thru.
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sleightly
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Unadilla Valley Central School... I did a school show and then an evening show for the local arts organization... How about Owego or Binghamton?
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Try parts-express.com, I use them a lot for different things.

Good luck,
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MagicB1S
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Unadilla Valley is about 30 minutes from me but yes you have the right area. (Unadilla and Unadilla valley are two different towns ) Binghamton has a Michaels and AC moore but no Joannes I don't get to owego as they are another 30 minutes from Binghamton but I will check it out. Thanks for your help

BCS... I will look up Parts-express Thanks (p.s BCS are the initials for my full name)
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You can get vintage speaker fabric on ebay. I made vintage RCA speakers myself.

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You should be able to find speaker grill cloth at most music stores. I like removable grills that have the cloth stretched around a frame and glued and/or stapled to the back.
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You really want the automobile speaker cloth that goes on the plywood frames for those large car speakers you see guys have that blast going down the road.

We have an auto supply place that sells it for $2 a yard. You really do not want the speaker cloth that goes over the cone device. This is to thin.

If you cannot find a auto supply store, I know that Auto Zone sells large squares of auto carpet material in their stores. As a matter of fact, it was the Auto Zone employee that told me to go to an auto speaker store.

To glue just use white glue thined down to 50%/50% mixture, that is if you have the time to wait for it to dry. If not use Contact Cement, the chemical kind, not the water soluable type.

The best way if you did not prime paint your wood with 'Bin' primer, then you will have to brush on 2 coats of cement on the wood, as the 1st coat soaks into the wood. Then apply to cloth, it would be better to use spray contact cement for the cloth, but I have brushed it on with good success as well. It is best to have another person help you position the cloth as once it touches it is glued for good.

For the over lap on the edges, I treat them afterwards separately. Cut 45 degree angles on the overlap end edgers.

Good luck!
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I have used 3M spray glue for velvet, carpet and vinyl. I have found this to be the best. Spray it on both contacting surfaces and it will not come apart.
MagicB1S
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Thank you everyone for your help. I am building a roll around table and want to cover it to look like the Lefler table. I will try to post pics when I am done
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MagicB1S, then you can follow my post, and I suggest you Prime the wood before cloth application. I did not, and now wish I did. Speaker box cloth is your best bet, Joe Lefler says he gets his covering from Italy in Europe, anyway that was his excuse for not selling me any separately. The speaker box material is just as good, and much cheaper at $2 a yard. It only comes in Gray or Black.
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MagicB1S
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Thank you wmhagbli I will be sure to prime the wood I appreciate the tips.
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I misunderstood.....I thought you meant speaker grill cloth....so you can pretty much disregard my post. The material you are looking for can be found at music stores. I cannot remember what its called, but it has a name. You can get something almost identical used for lining trunks of cars, etc. It is available at auto-parts stores.
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I have always heard it called "speaker carpet".
Things are more like they are today than they've ever been before...
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You can order speaker carpet from http://www.Skycraft.com
They are a surplus store and normal have good prices
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