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Stretching Fender grill cloth?

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by theDogger218, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. theDogger218

    theDogger218 TDPRI Member

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    Oct 2, 2017
    USA
    So I am building a few Fender tweed extension cabs and have never worked with tweet before took a little but figured it out. I thought that it would all be down hill from there. Then I had to cover the speaker grill.

    I have covered a lot of grills but not really having to worry about getting everything so square. Now working with the Fender Wheat and OxBlood grill cloth I am pulling my hair out.

    I have looked around YouTube and forums but have nothing to shed any real light on this. Looking for tutorials or something that I am missing.

    My corners are always off....


    any help would be great!
     

  2. Alamo

    Alamo Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 15, 2006
    Berlin, Germany
    Here ya go, with Uncle Doug:

     
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  3. ranjam

    ranjam Tele-Holic

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    First, do have these (sorry about the size).......
    pliers.jpg


    Then the rest is trial-and-error. Crease one side, and work from that one side. There aren't really any online tutorials that I know of. Sorry.
     

  4. theDogger218

    theDogger218 TDPRI Member

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    Oct 2, 2017
    USA
    Seen this and the grill cloth that Uncle Doug is using is really stiff, so alignment is not an issue. Like using salt n pepper cloth

    The Fender grill cloth is very soft and easily.....
     

  5. philosofriend

    philosofriend Tele-Holic

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    By using slow drying contact cement and adjusting the cloth in increments aproximately equal in thickness to a frog hair I have managed to hate this job a little less.
     

  6. Alamo

    Alamo Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 15, 2006
    Berlin, Germany
    There surely are different qualities of grill cloths but as you mentioned Fender Oxblood, I thought you meant this:
    http://www.mojotone.com/amp-parts/a...-Style-Oxblood-w-Gold-Stripe-Grill-Cloth-36-W

    which I believe is a stiff as the material Uncle Doug uses.
    For soft cloth, a good start is to staple one side in a straight line, only slightly streched to the sides.
     

  7. theDogger218

    theDogger218 TDPRI Member

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    Oct 2, 2017
    USA

    Ya even the OxBlood from Mojo is not stiff at all. Not sure what the heck Uncle Bob is using. I wish this stuff was that thick. What UD is using is not Fender OxBlood



    This is the what I am currently using...http://www.mojotone.com/Cabinets_x/Grillcloth_x/Fender-Style-Beige-Brown-Grill-Cloth-36-W

    I'll figure something out, working with this stuff is a pain in the A$$! I'll post some pics tonight
     

  8. jman72

    jman72 Tele-Holic

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    Aug 31, 2013
    Central Florida
    I used the Monotone oxblood grillcloth on my 5e3 and it worked really well. I just followed some basic videos, stapled as I went (keeping everything straight), and used a blow dryer to heat it, and it looks great. I'm just about to do my second grill cloth for a silver face cab I'm building so we'll see if I just got lucky.
     

  9. D'tar

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  10. theDogger218

    theDogger218 TDPRI Member

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    Oct 2, 2017
    USA
    Well finished last night and turned out well after a lot of cursing and kicking the dog!

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    pics aren't the best...took them late last night!
     
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  11. Alamo

    Alamo Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 15, 2006
    Berlin, Germany
    Wow! didn`t expect that.
    with that kind of structure, how heavy is it? is it a Leslie cab?

    None the less, you did a very nice job. congrats.
     

  12. ndeli55

    ndeli55 Tele-Afflicted

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    I wish he was my uncle
     
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  13. ndeli55

    ndeli55 Tele-Afflicted

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    That's a trip. Cool construction. Kicking dogs isn't cool, though.
     
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  14. theDogger218

    theDogger218 TDPRI Member

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    Oct 2, 2017
    USA
    Thanks you!


    No thats not a Leslie cab it is a clone with upgrades of the old Forte 1x12 cab. It was CNC'ed and then I did a 45 degree miter to join the corners. There are sound deflectors that are not mounted in the cab yet to help direct the sound out the port holes on the side.They are movable 15 degrees from center to alter the sound and also for speaker changes to help tune the sound a little..here is a finished one Check out this thread

    If I remember its around 26 lbs. unloaded
    22W x 16H x 14D

    So not that heavy!


    http://www.tdpri.com/threads/tolexing-a-port-hole.777005/#post-7952483

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  15. theDogger218

    theDogger218 TDPRI Member

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  18. jimbo735

    jimbo735 Tele-Holic

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    Wholly Mackerel it looks like a cathedral inside!
    Thats very nice!
    You did good with the cloth as well!
     

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