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post #61 of 366 Old 07-16-2008, 07:00 PM - Thread Starter
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This was my favorite part...why? Well, its not every day a guy is building fabric panels for his home theater. Plus, when I completed these and put them up, snug to the wall, it completed the theater...in a way, the installation of these fabric panels made the entire room come to a full circle and it brought a delightful smile to my face.

I used some left over 3/4 inch plywood ripped to about 1inch in width.
After much search for the proper fabric I finally settled on the famous GOM FR701 408 Black. I have to say, this material is really sharp looking and nice to work with. It has just the amount of stretch property without distorting the texture.

I used this on my front wall panels to surround my screen as well as the front cabinet open panels.









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The flash sure shows my nail holes...which I still have to fill







I still need to extend this outlet 1 1/4 inches! I should have just removed this outlet, but part of me wanted the challenge of trimming around this outlet.






and a backside shot: (I still have yet to tidy up the paint lines on the ceiling)
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I still have some baseboards to install, a door in the front right of the screen and casing around my av rack...then its considered complete! But I am taking a break as I have been steady on this for about 3 months..

I took these in various lighting settings. The camera, does not do the actual colors justice.





and with the rope lights on



A shot from the side to show the AV Rack


and with the rope lights on


and another angle


The projector box




the soffit lighting
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Looks great! I'm motivated now to do my own woodworking. Love the stain color.

The screenwall looks very nice. I'm wondering if you could improve your speaker performance further by filling those wood cabinets with some deadening materials...I've seen that before in surround columns.

Thanks for all the great pics!

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Looks great! I'm motivated now to do my own woodworking. Love the stain color.

The screenwall looks very nice. I'm wondering if you could improve your speaker performance further by filling those wood cabinets with some deadening materials...I've seen that before in surround columns.

Thanks for all the great pics!

I agree about adding some acoustic material within the cabinetry, but I have no clue as to what to put there.

Also, thanks for the photo tips. It still looks much better in person, but the pics are pretty good.

Do you have a plan for your room? (build thread yet)?
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I started a plan a while back. But, after spending a lot of time in another forum focused on recording studio builds I decided to scrap it.

I've now studied a couple of books on the studio side and it's way more complex than home theaters. I plan to hire Dennis Erskine for the theater design, and a guy out of Australia for the studio design. I might use Dennis for both, but this Australian only does studio designs (very highly regarded by the DIY studio community) whereas Dennis does mostly theaters and the occassional studio.

Enjoy your room - wish I had it!

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congrats on getting closer..... place looks great.... looks just like what you had envisioned. Sit back and enjoy some flicks

Mike's attempt at a Theater

DIY motorized masking system

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Lookin good man! I love that screen wall. Great woodwork.
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I started a plan a while back. But, after spending a lot of time in another forum focused on recording studio builds I decided to scrap it.

I've now studied a couple of books on the studio side and it's way more complex than home theaters. I plan to hire Dennis Erskine for the theater design, and a guy out of Australia for the studio design. I might use Dennis for both, but this Australian only does studio designs (very highly regarded by the DIY studio community) whereas Dennis does mostly theaters and the occassional studio.

Enjoy your room - wish I had it!


Your space has lots of potential...stick with it and before you know it, you'll be "nearly" done like me.
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just found this thread from when you posted in the HTPC section, I love the woodwork, looks awesome.

I also love how you did the sofit and hid the projector inside of it.

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Wow great job man, You are very motivated
From the floor plan to this you stayed in the zone
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just found this thread from when you posted in the HTPC section, I love the woodwork, looks awesome.

I also love how you did the sofit and hid the projector inside of it.

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Wow great job man, You are very motivated
From the floor plan to this you stayed in the zone

Thanks! I guess years of lurking paid off as I went at it for nearly 3 months straight to get to this point.

I still have some work to do, but I can enjoy the room while I am working on the rest.
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looks great. can i ask you what color stain you used on the trim?
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looks great. can i ask you what color stain you used on the trim?

Thanks.

Stain-Minwax Rosewood (2 coats)
Finish-Minwax Poly Satin finish (Wipe on, 2 coats)
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Awesome job man. I really really like the stage.
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Awesome job man. I really really like the stage.


Thanks...although I never really thought of it as a stage. To me, its my speaker housing or speaker cabinetry or front wall cabinetry to house my speakers
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I have to say, I have really been enjoying my room. However, i still have to put in a door, complete the trim work and do some more painting in the rest of my basement. I plan on doing that in the early fall.

My next thing to do is hookup my office PC to my projector. I bought the cables (DVI/HDMI adapter and will run HDMI to the projector). All I want to do is run MCE (start a recorded video or launch some music) but I am unable to successfully get the resolution to work correctly. I am running vista also.

Oh, and I need to get something on my side walls, but I am not sure what to put there...posters, artwork, sound panels???
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For the office PC to PJ, get Powerstrip.

For the walls, I suggest some DIY acoustic panels for your first reflection points.

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Son of a Bitch! I purchased a 20ft HDMI and 25ft Optical Toslink cable only to be about 5 ft short!!!


F$%^!
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There are so many theater threads to choose from on this forum and i've only been looking for a little while, but yours is top notch!

it looks great!
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Thanks for the compliment, but really, keep looking. There are so many more theaters that are so much better than mine. Mine doesn't even come close to theirs.
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What's new ? BUMP....
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What's new ? BUMP....

I have been busy dealing with some personal matters and havent spent any time here or even using my new theater.

Hopefully in the coming days/weeks I will be more active.
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We had a birthday party for my 6 yo daughter. After cake and ice cream, we put on Sky High. Its a fun movie, perfect for her age and older. But it was HER birthday part and she got to pick what she wanted to watch.

The theater has experienced a small crowd. It has handled well with about 12 people. Some were in bean bags, on the couch, in the cheaps seats (metal folding chairs in the back back rows). No one seemed to complain. And I am still getting comments such as:
"Wow!....Wow!....Wow!"
(Laugh), pause. (Laugh), nervous. (Laugh), almost cynacil as I can see their wheels spinning as to how they can convert their basement to something like this.
"How much did this cost?"

However, I will be getting plenty of action in the room for MLB Post Season. I am really hoping TBS can pull it off in terms of excellent PQ and AQ. I really hope AQ is done well as I have only heard one MLB game that had awesome AQ (on WGNHD Comcast Chicago).

I do have to say, with some of the kids sitting in the front on the bean bags, that I get nervous that someone will throw something at the screen or kick in a speaker grill/panel, etc...
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kezug,

Great job! I have a 3yr old daughter who has more that once (more like dozens) thrown things at my 120" screen and it survived so far.

Again, Great job.
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I have an update...finally, after all this time.

I finally got around to staining my door. The door turned out beautiful! I have never stained this much before, nor have I ever stained a 6 panel door either! But it turned out great.

One 2 saw horses, I worked one side at a time for stain. First, i put on my stain sealer (Minwax Stain Sealer). After about 30 minutes, I went ahead and put on my first coat. After that dried (about 4 - 6 hours) I put on another coat. However, this door was not soaking in the stain enough to make it dark and consistant with what I did for the rest of my woodwork, so I went ahead and applied (cautiously) a 3rd coat. For the first 2 coats, i had my wife helping so that I could wipe off the stain before it dried, but for the 3rd I was on my own. So I quickly applied the stain on the entire door, and carefully wiped off the stain in the same order as I applied. It ended up matching perfectly with everthing else.

Here are the results:


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My wife also picked up some front row overflow seating...cheap, simple, and completely effective. Also, the kids love them.



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Looks great! I'm thinking though that those walls should be black now...

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Looks great! I'm thinking though that those walls should be black now...

I can see how that would be an observation to make, but trust me on this, the outer walls are so far to the edge of the peripheral vision that it does not affect the image at all. When the lights are low and the PJ is on, it doesnt look anywhere as bright as those pictures.

I also just saw that the new Panny 3000 just came out...oh no, I am getting upgraditis, my first outbreak!
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I also just saw that the new Panny 3000 just came out...oh no, I am getting upgraditis, my first outbreak!


I'm still running the AE900U, I "need" 1080p bad

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