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Covering a guitar speaker cabinet with TOLEX

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How to measure, cut, and cover a guitar speaker cabinet with TOLEX
 
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Step 1: Measure and cut a strip of TOLEX

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First Measure and cut a strip of Tolex
The amplifier cabinet is 9.5" at the Bottom and 8.75" at the Top
you will have to wrap the tolex around the cabinet,
so ADD 3/4" for the thickness of the wood and 1" to each side to wrap around
3/4" + 3/4" + 2" = 3.5" + 9.5 = 13" total for the width of the strip to be cut.
I use a dry wall strait edge for clean cuts,
*PLEASE use Caution when cutting Tolex with a razor blade*

Step 2: Measuring and cutting the sections

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After cutting a strip of Tolex 13" wide
you will need to cut the sections for the sides of the cabinet.
The cabinet is 14.5" in height

Step 3: Cutting the sections for the sides of the cabinet

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You will need and extra 1.5" to wrap at the Top and the Bottom of the cabinet
14.5" + 3" = 17.5" total length for each side

Step 4: Cutting the other side section

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You will need to of these sections cut.
*always use caution when cutting tolex with a razor blade*
If possible were gloves!

Step 5: Measuring for the angle cut of the cabinet

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After the sections are cut for the sides of the cabinet,
place the cab on its side parallel with one edge 1.5" in
mark the angle side 1.5" out at the Top and Bottom

Step 6: Setting up for the angle cut

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After marking the first side section of the cabinet
place a straight edge at both Top and Bottom marks

Step 7: Cutting the angle

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Carefully cut the angle with a razor blade,
be sure to apply heavy pressure on the straight edge
so that it does NOT move while you are cutting the angle

*ALWAYS use caution when cutting with a razor blade!*

Step 8: Checking the angle cut section

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After cutting the section I place the cabinet on it side to check for fit,
and mark the relief cuts where the Tolex will wrap around the cabinet

Step 9: Measure for the Top and Bottom sections of the cabinet

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Next you will need to measure the sections for the Top and Bottom of the cabinet
First cut a strip of Tolex 14" wide
The cabinet is 15.25" wide
subtract the 3/4" thickness of both sides
15.25 - .75 - .75 = 14.25" in Length

Step 10: Cutting the Top and Bottom sections of the cabinet

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After Measuring Carefully cut TWO sections of Tolex

*PLEASE be very careful when using a razor blade for cutting Tolex*
j-plan3 years ago
totally agree with j69, sorry but this isnt an instructable. and weather j69 has done a better instructalbe or not, his point still remains - you haven't explained the bits that needed explaining. sorry again.
AyJay5703 years ago
Wow @ampRiser, he is just advising on certain ideas to make your instructable better. I was wondering the same thing myself. Such as where exactly to place the cut Tolex and where to place the relief cuts. No need to be so harsh man.
j694 years ago
dissapointed you haven't explained moulding around the cutout corners and pictures of cutting angles to fit the tolex neatly into the corners, you,ve only really described the no brainer side of covering the box and brushed over the important bits.
jseerden j694 years ago
I totally agree.
ampRiser (author)  jseerden4 years ago
I have seen your instructables,(No pics, No details, No anything!)
when you guys make one, then you have the right to knock down other
peoples work!
I wish this instructable spent less time on cutting the tolex, which I thoroughly understand, and more time on how to spray glue without it dripping, what "relief cuts" are, how to hold the tolex when you apply it so it doesn't wrinkle, other such practical details.  For the clueless such as myself  :)
ampRiser (author)  the_falling_frog4 years ago
Sorry I don't have a lot of time for this!
With all the Instructables out there that show 3-5 pics from start to finish
skipping every step in between, mine with 18 detailed steps
is Not enough for you? I am so sorry!!!
Re-design4 years ago
Great article and nice box too. I'm gonna try this one of these days.
iamtoats4 years ago
nice. I'm almost done with an instructable on the EVTL806 cabinets...
http://www.instructables.com/id/EZJRNR3FYG86G3S/
still needs work, but almost there.
Is it alright if i put a link to your instructable in the tolexing step?I always F it up some way or another....
Thanks! I found that picture on google to fill in for a while until i can get a picture of the one i'm currently building... (Different sizing idea...) I switched the picture to one of mine... I wish mine came out that nicely...
fine.....
gmoon4 years ago
This a great "step by step" tutorial ! You really "covered" it in depth...
nice Im gonna do this when i make my amp for my electric guitar