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Old 02-02-2012, 09:06 AM
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Mario,

How do you determine when to use the Kreg jig and when to use biscuits?

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Old 02-02-2012, 09:09 AM - Thread Starter
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That Kreg jig is really an awesome tool. And everything is really coming along amazingly well Mario - keep up the great work!

Yeah - it is pretty sweet. I've learned to hand tighten with it and clamp whenever possible.


I kind of wished I would've used Maple for routing the 1x2 on both sides. Would have been a harder wood. I'll have to scrap some of my work and wood if I shift gears though. I'll have to think this one over.
I'm definitely putting a 1x2 Maple along the bottom side where the subwoofers will have to be lifted over. So if the sub does sit on the wood it won't crush the pine. It really wouldn't be too much more to use mostly maple on the front wall for all exposed wood since I'll be using 1x3's to build all the cabinet doors.
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Mario,

How do you determine when to use the Kreg jig and when to use biscuits?

In my case, the biscuits made sense on my pieces that are the width of the room and I want to seam them together while on the floor. With the Kreg, you are pretty much building it upside down and then need to flip it after the glue is dry. The biscuits are also nice since I plan to cut out the bull nose where it meets the wall to allow room for 3/4" mdf and the depth of the baseboard. So I can dry fit with the biscuits, make my cut, then make the final glued assembly. Not as easy with the Kreg and a piece as wide as the room.
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I finally dove into tackling the front wall angled corner cabinetry last night. I also ordered flat black hinges that should work well with the 3/4" pine.

Link to the hinge?
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Larry,

I went with these:
http://www.knobs4less.com/ame3175tbfb.html

My lower cabinet door will be 2'4" tall x 2'2" wide. Anyone know if I should use two or three hinges? I'm thinking two would work.
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I ended up rebuilding most of the corner cabinet frame out of Maple. The sides I'm covering with darkening material I'm just sticking with the pine. So a slight set back but at least no regrets.
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My lower cabinet door will be 2'4" tall x 2'2" wide. Anyone know if I should use two or three hinges? I'm thinking two would work.

Two hinges should be fine with a door that size.

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Mario,

Do you recall using anything special for the electric boxes? I went with 3/4 MDF and 5/8 rock so I'm wondering if a special box is needed?
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Mario,

Do you recall using anything special for the electric boxes? I went with 3/4 MDF and 5/8 rock so I'm wondering if a special box is needed?

You can pick up adjustable gang boxes.
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I didn't make much progress due to the Super Bowl.

But I did almost finish assembly of the two front corner cabinet frames.










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Nice design, nice build. Will be following this one!
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Seems like a mighty shame to cover up all that fantastic woodworking with black. Are you sure I can't convince you to make this a kitchen instead?

And don't mention the game again! My wife is still in the dumps over the Pat's loss.

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Mario, your woodworking skills are spectacular! This will certainly be a beautiful room.

Thank goodness my stage will be covered with carpet and wood trim dipped in paint.

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Sure. Here you go.

Thank you sir. I was having a hard time visualizing where you put the screws and now it makes sense. You had to offset it some and just the tip got into the angled part.

The theater is really coming together nicely. Looking forward to the wood finishing part.

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Nice design, nice build. Will be following this one!

Thanks DESCypher. Glad to have you along for the ride. It's a slow one...so no seat belts required.
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Seems like a mighty shame to cover up all that fantastic woodworking with black. Are you sure I can't convince you to make this a kitchen instead?

And don't mention the game again! My wife is still in the dumps over the Pat's loss.

Actually, if I would have built the columns out of Oak rather than MDF, I could have considered a stain instead of black. But I think given I'm using MDF, Maple and Oak, a black is about the only route that makes sense and still part of the original plan.

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Mario, your woodworking skills are spectacular! This will certainly be a beautiful room.

Thank goodness my stage will be covered with carpet and wood trim dipped in paint.

Dale

Thanks so much Dale. There are so many others here who are so much more talented than me in this department. But the compliments keep me motivated and moving forward!
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Thank you sir. I was having a hard time visualizing where you put the screws and now it makes sense. You had to offset it some and just the tip got into the angled part.

The theater is really coming together nicely. Looking forward to the wood finishing part.

Bud

Thanks Bud. I ended up using 1" fine thread screws to make sure they didn't go all the way through.
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Any one know if these double roller catches would be better to use for the front cabinet doors instead of magnets knowing the subs will be behind them?
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Any one know

No, I don't know - BUT! Depending on the quality of the roller cathes, I'd suspect they are more likely to rattle, and some kind of cushion would be required to keep the door quiet. I don't think a strong magnet (or two) would be as problematic.
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I agree with Fred -- I would be worried that roller catches would rattle.

I think neodymium magnets are capable of holding the door closed against the pressure generated by the sub. If you're worried about it, you could use a magnet-to-magnet connection.

If you use more than one magnet-to-magnet connection with the high-tech magnets, you may have a hard time opening the door. I'm serious. It takes a lot of force to pull a pair of those magnets apart. You can slide one magnet off of the other by pushing it sideways, but to pull them apart without any sideways movement is quite a chore.

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I was able to get both corner cabinets attached to the walls using a 2x4 and a 4x4 post on the room interior side.



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Ok stop. Enough already. That looks too nice. Too professional.
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Awesome. Man really looking good!
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I see that you have a 9.2 receiver, but you are going to run 11 speakers. How are you going to do that? Multiple speakers on the same channel?
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I see that you have a 9.2 receiver, but you are going to run 11 speakers. How are you going to do that? Multiple speakers on the same channel?

As you mentioned, the Onkyo is only capable of 9.2. I'll be switching between the highs and wides to see which combo I like best and then eventually will have to upgrade to an 11.2 receiver. I've got extra speaker wires ran to even go higher than 11.2 fortunately. So I should have plenty of options when 16.8 comes around.
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Thanks guys.

As you mentioned, the Onkyo is only capable of 9.2. I'll be switching between the highs and wides to see which combo I like best and then eventually will have to upgrade to an 11.2 receiver. I've got extra speaker wires ran to even go higher than 11.2 fortunately. So I should have plenty of options when 16.8 comes around.

Or get a separate amp for your fronts and let the Onkyo power the surrounds, heights, and wides.

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Oh, okay. So you are switching between the two, not both. Thanks
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Or get a separate amp for your fronts and let the Onkyo power the surrounds, heights, and wides.

I have a separate amp (XPA-5), but AFAIK, the Onkyo will only produce sound for up to 9.2. Am I wrong?
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