Homeless speaker no more.
Ok so I have this high power 15" bass speaker, it's been homeless for almost two years. New, just never used.
The time came, so a cab I went a building.
1. sheet of cabinet grade 3/4" Birch ply.
2. Father in laws house.
3. Father in law with more tools than I can think of having room for.
4. an afternoon to kill.
I went with biscut joining (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biscuit_joiner) on this one, since its a lower grade of plywood than I normally use...well that's not true, normally don't use plywood at all, I use solid woods (pine, birch, oak) to build my cabs. Since this one was for me I went cheap.
The final outer dimensions are 26 " wide, 16" deep", 19" high.
The vent is 2" high, the internal space was 3.2' or something i think. That fits well into the range of the speaker manufactures (Eminence) requirements for a vented cab.
I went with these dimensions mostly to keep this 15 stack able with other cabs I have.
Below are pictures of my progress thus far.
When covering anything in vinyl I found generous amounts of contact cement spread somewhat evenly makes the process go much better.
I like to start by letting the vinyl warm up a bit before I apply it, I also like to apply the vinyl in the sun, one I can see, two more fresh air outside (rubber cement is fume murder) three the heat helps.
When applying smooth it out as much as you can, you don't need to use a lot of pressure but be "firm handed" with it.
Bring the project into some shade (near by obviously) let it start cooling a little.
Don't expect it to be totally smooth at first, let it sit for 2 min or so, then start smoothing again.
It still won't be totally flat, that's ok.
Let it dry for about 10-12 min in the shade or in garage, someplace cooler than in direct sunlight.
Smooth some more, it should be "smoothable" at this point.
When contact cement dries it shrinks a bit, that's part of where the tight smooth vinly look comes from.