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JoelTW

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I picked up some leather-like fabric (fake stuff) and it has a white rough fabric on the inside. I plan to cover the outside of the cardboard with it...

I was planning to use a strong type of glue such as contact cement. My dad said I should "tuck" the excess around the ends, but wouldn't this interfere with the gluing of the endcaps?

comments please :)
 

Jeffrey Noel

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Joel, I think that it would interfere with the endcap. I'd just cut as close to the end of the tube as possible.

For gluing the fabric to the sono tube, I'd recommend 3M Super 77 adhesive. It's easy to spray on and it's pretty darn strong.
 

Jeff Meininger

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I'm also in the "don't tuck in the fabric" camp. I used ribbing material for my sub, and I just rolled the top and bottom under like a "hem" to hide the cut. If you can't do this with your fabric, you can always hide the cut by wrapping a thick velvet (or something like that) ribbon around the end of the fabric, top and bottom.

Beware of the spiral wrap on the outside of the tube. Mine shows (faintly) through two layers of material that is not glued down. If you glue your fabric to the tube, I imagine it will really show, even if it's really thick fake leather. I'm not sure what I'd use to fill in the seams.
 

Andrew Pratt

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You could probably tuck it in providing that you then went in and sealed of the inside edge with generous amounts of silicon to make sure it was air tight. I did that with the last sonosub I built and it worked fine....though crawling in a 4 foot long 24" tube and applying silicon wasn't fun;)
 

JoelTW

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here's a picture for reference :)

I have a lot of "excess"

also note my endcaps are same diameter as tube, so I can't really make it look nice unless covering with a ribbon or something like Jeff recommended



 

Mike Strassburg

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Looks a lot like the Naugahyde I used. Trim it close and use a ribbon/rope sash/etc...to cover the seam where it meets the endcap. That's what I did and I looks very nice.

Also ditto on the 3M 77 spray adhesive. I also used a staple gun at the top/bottom since the rope would hide it.

Good luck...Mike
 

JoelTW

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well, what is the difference of that and the Elmer's Spray Adhesive i just bought from home depot?

will it cover the entire surface of the 18"diameter 32" length tube?
 

warrick

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Joel,
You can do something like I have done with mine.
I plugged the sono with the end-caps then covered with the cloth folding over and stapling to the top and bottom endcaps.
I then put on outer end-caps for show, the bottom having the legs incorporated.
It may be easier to see in the construction photos on my page. The link is below
 

JoelTW

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Thanks guys for all of the help!

I'll most likely trim it short or fold it in and cover it with something. Tucking can be avoided :)

Also, special thanks to all those with picture guides!!

I think I'll build an amp box just like Pat's :emoji_thumbsup:
 

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