Well, I haven't let my blown knee stop me. Actually it did for a few days but then I had an MRI and visited the surgeon and it was clear I needed surgery to fit it. Knowing that surgery was imminent I decided I couldn't possibly make it any worse so got back to my shop and continued work on the Old Vic albeit a little slower than usual and with a limp and bottle of Advil
I tided up a lot of little details including adding custom wall plates to all the A/V outlets. These included 12gauge connections under the second row and front of the riser row for possible butt kickers and a HDMI, s-video, composite video, L & R phono on the riser for aux hookup, SVGA and a couple of cat 5 hookups behind the bar and IR/cat5 hookups behind the screen.
I also added the now popular screen back lighting -- I wired one of my Grafik Eye zones behind the screen so just mounted a cheap strip to the floor and 5 small halogen spots. I plan on using these lights in an automated sequence to increase the drama before a movie showing but they are also activated when I select my "Music" scene on the GE.
The larger job was to fit all the wall molding and fabricmate panel track. I finished the molding prior to fitting with an 18gauge brad nailer. I put an ever so light smear of construction adhesive on the back of the molding to allow me to use minimal nails. Where I needed to join molding together (like the steps) I used pocket screws on the rear and then did a quick re-finishing step prior to fitting. I also found that the best way to fasten the fabric mate track is with the upholstery stapler. I've seen people use crown staplers but this caused the track to shatter.
I'm really happy with the choice of maple and walnut -- the light maple reveal is a subtle touch but I think it adds some dimension to the trim and ties in with the ceiling. I also just love walnut and lucked out with a couple of the pieces which have a fantastic burl. I probably should have saved those pieces for the projector hush box. Oh well.
I'm a couple of pieces of molding and about a dozen frabricmate tracks short. Not bad for a 30 second hand waving estimate...
You'll notice the GOM mulberry anchorage fabric in one of the pics, precisely the color I turned away from a few months ago but it's now back as a candidate again. What do you think? Any other color/fabric suggestions for the main (center) wall panels?
Finally the door really is becoming invisible. I still need to extend the handle to the new thickness of the door. The white track on the door sides is a different profile (fabric wraps around the door edge) and only available in white -- I used a permanent marker to blacken the thin edge so no one will know.
Surgery on Friday then a couple of days recuperating with the back light speakers playing some more tunes
, then back to the next batch of molding
which should give the ceiling the same treatment as the walls...
PS special note to RazorTT -- I have my Xantech IR repeater stuff so I'll let you know how that works with the Grafik Eye.