Tolex on a tweed style cabinet...

Discussion in 'Shock Brother's DIY Amps' started by tubedood, Mar 21, 2019.

  1. tubedood

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    I have a quick question.

    I am tolexing my little 5F2-A style build and when I did the top piece I wasn't too sure what to try. I know tweed styles get away with a few little triangle pieces to compensate the angle of the slits to fan the material for the chassis cut out, but I am not sure the best way when the amp will be covered in tolex? I hosed up the first top piece thru careless cuts and I don't want to mess it up again. I have a heat gun and more material on the way. Should I use the little triangle filler pieces or can I make conservative cuts and use some light heat to form the chassis cut out?

    I'm surprised I am having this big an issue as the ovals on my rear cover panel turned out easy peasey.

    As always any tips or advice are very welcomed!

    Dale
     
  2. Paul-T

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    For my last Tolex cover - not Tweed - I did use triangle pieces, I can't see how you could manage without. The one thing I'd say is, having looked at lots of original tweeds recently, original factory production often looks pretty rough around that one inch radius bend, so don't be too hard on yourself.
     
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    Use triangles and super glue them in position.This way, if you are stretching or pulling the main tolex piece over/around them, they don’t lift off or rotate.
     
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    Careful with that heat gun, it is likely more than capable of making the tolex shrivel up and peel away from the backing... I had that happen while using an iron to help stick down tolex when I was still using ****ty water based contact cement instead of the real solvent based stuff.
     
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