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post #361 of 587 Old 04-28-2011, 07:23 AM
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Personally I would tone down the color for the columns and rails, just my opinion.

I mixed a little of the top red with the yellow.

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I like the "gold" in Option 2. What is that color called? I'm trying to find a color similar to that for my room. Looks like it might work for me.

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A vote for #2.
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What an incredible thread and theater. And you are doing such a great job of documenting it all. It must be so helpful to soooo many other people to learn from. You could make this a book and sell it. Great job. Can't wait to see some finished pics with Lelu on the screen (or whatever is the flavor of the month now)...

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I like the "gold" in Option 2. What is that color called? I'm trying to find a color similar to that for my room. Looks like it might work for me.
The two colors are from Behr (there are only so many paint stores open at 9:30 at night so i was at Home depot)

The more "gold" one's card reads: KENYA, UL140-19
The other more grayish one is: TEATIME, UL140-20
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You're making me sad, you'll be watching movies way before I will.

Keep up the good work!

Wow, those seats are expensive - one seat is a row of Berklines.
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Jesto, a test cut

five 1/2 inch slots, 1/2 inch apart

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jesto, a test cut

five 1/2 inch slots, 1/2 inch apart
beautiful!!!!! we should use that as a template!!!
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beautiful!!!!! we should use that as a template!!!
OK, I will have a set of spacers that will rest against the wall. If we tried to use it as a template the bit would eat it up.
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What an incredible thread and theater. And you are doing such a great job of documenting it all. It must be so helpful to soooo many other people to learn from. You could make this a book and sell it. Great job. Can't wait to see some finished pics with Lelu on the screen (or whatever is the flavor of the month now)...
There's an idea, but i'm definitely not qualified to write a book. Mr. BIGMouthinDC should be the one writing the book - i've learned sooo much from him its ridiculous
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- Paint is ordered (went with the gold option - it's only going to be the column bases, capitals and 1/2 round columns)
- Projector is at the house

should be an interesting next few days
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This is great to see. Your room is really coming together and looks great. It must feel great to be in reach of the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm wandering around in the dark I'm so far from the light.
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Jesto,

What ever you're paying BIG, it's a bargain at twice that! Tons of us watching in disbelief here as you and BIG absolutely zoom by us so fast we don't know what hit us. This is supposed to be taking you several years like the rest of us - show some respect, and slow WAY down!

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Cutting slots turned out to be a bust, It was Slow Going, Loud, Dusty and when I overtightened my bit chuck, the nut broke. So after a quick trip to HD we ended up putting in 4x10 inch registers in the riser. Sorry no pictures tonight. Also got the riser and stage edges rounded over to accept the carpet.

On a positive note, the chicken pasta was excellent.
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On a positive note, the chicken pasta was excellent.

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Slots for Bass Trap Riser:

OK, we thought it might be more elegant to actually rout out a series of slots for the riser bass trap rather than just cut out squares and put registers on top.... more elegant yes, practical, not at all

Also, I managed to mismeasure at least 1/2 of the spaces for the slots, to the point where we kept trying to cut into studs below.

Finally, only after we cut the slots out for the register on about 2/3 riser did we realize we should probably take column placement into account - some of our bass trap registers will be 1/2 under columns (including at least 3 of the beautiful slots we actually got done with the router), oh well

Here's a pic of the first cut, it actually looks great, but it took a significant amount of time and frustration, and just wasn't worth the effort to get 8 of these things done.


Our second attempt was with a handheld circular saw - thinking if we could get a wide enough blade we could just do grooves quickly. So... off to home depot. Unfortunately, no wide blades, and the process also would have been dangerous, so.... we went traditional, cut out squares and put in register covers. This went SUPER fast, probably got 8 done in the time it took to rout the first


Taping for Paint:
Now about the tape. I thought it would be helpful to tape off the bottom section so the painters could just paint the ceiling and the bottom 1/2 of the room as those were the two darkest colors. You can see it in the previous pic and the pic below



Of course, as soon as my contractor showed up to paint he looked at me like i was absolutely nuts!!

some choice comments:
1) Why did i use the blue tape? It is too strong and will peel off whatever we do
2) Why did I tape off the bottom section, the logical way to do things would be to A) paint the ceiling, then B) paint the top 1/2, and then C) tape and paint the bottom 1/2 - saves at least one round of taping (we'd have to retape the bottom after painting it anyway)

so.... tape came off. AND as an added bonus, it ripped off about 30% of the primer and even some drywall paper underneath it - awesome, now they have to put a thin layer of mud on as well before painting - soo glad i was able to help out - sorry - was too frustrated to take pics

Final kicker from last night - contractor looked at the Benjamin Moore paint I bought, apparently the 215-80 black paint i bought was OK. But more importantly, i apparently wasted about $20 a gallon (4 of them) by buying the Aura paint which i had them match to the Behr colors - guess my contractor gets another product line that is very similar if not better for a lot less.... oh well, so much for me being helpful again

Good Stuff:
OK... now on to the good stuff

1) Big did a phenomenal job routing the edges of the stage and riser



2) Big also built out the base for the steps which you can see in the previous pics

3) we were actually smart about something last night- I marked THE FLOOR so that we would know exactly where each column would be placed. took about 5 minutes, and will actually be more useful than the two ours of drawing perfect lines on the walls which will be covered by paint today

4) the projector came


ok - thats all for now - big push again this weekend to get the columns built, maybe finish electrical, finalize conduit and wiring on back walls, and maybe a surprise or two
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and maybe a surprise or two

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Paint

Quick status update - first coat is going up




wife is loving it - she's sending me the pics
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more paint pics - first coat of ceiling and top 1/2 of wall done



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PAINTING IS 66% COMPLETE

looks amazing - and, what's nuts is how dark the room is - the halogen lights we've been using to light up the room barely give off enough light

these pictures HARDLY do the room justice the colors are much deeper and more rich









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Wow, that's looking nice. You are making this whole process look too easy.
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WAY TO GO JESTO!!!!!!!! I love the colors!! Are you going to go with any crown moulding? If so what color?

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Looks great! And I know what you mean re: how dark the room start to get - I still don't have the wall coverings up, but the ceiling cans that used to light the room up don't do much anymore. The soffit lights do though, so glad I added them.
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WAY TO GO JESTO!!!!!!!! I love the colors!! Are you going to go with any crown moulding? If so what color?

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Most likely will do moulding (need it up top for sure in order to get the tray light working)

don't know what color yet - was thinking maybe white with a touch of gold, or justt gold, or just white - don't know yet
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Today was columns day - lots and lots of columns - actually just column bases, but the rest will be easy after today

Day started with my future-brother-in-law coming over and us loading up his truck with lots of MDF faces pre-cut, boards to make the sides and tops, and lots and lots of 2x4 and 2x10 scraps and heading out over to Mr. Big's to build the sides, tops, bases, and wall mounts for the columns. Also needed to cut out the outlet boxes in 6 of the 12 columns and join 4 of the back columns together to make up the 2 back corners.

So 12 columns basically needed to be built including
1. sides cut
2. tops cut
3. corner columns constructed
4. bases built (2x4 on top of a ripped 2x10 w/ 3/4" offsets to slide the column bases onto them)
5. wall mounts cut
6. sides screwed to the tops
7. faces attached
8. screws puttied and sanded
9. edges of everything routed smooth
10. everything touched up and sanded
11. everything sealed
**Thank goodness all the faces were cut when i bought the MDF at home depot

FYI - we constructed everything by gluing first, brad nailing the pieces together while ensuring they were right with squares in the corners, then screwing everything together

then next steps
1. everything sanded again
2. everything primed
3. everything painted

Lots of organization, measuring cutting and sawdust - good times

Organization was key here - we put sets like this together for each column before any construction began:


then we built the bases for each column - decided to lift the columns up about 1.5" to accommodate a little higher chair rail - also makes it easy to attach the base to the floor and just slide the column on top and screw it together


Next it was time to attach the sides and the tops


Testing the base


Once the face was attached, we could test the top mount (basically a 2x4 cut to size which we can also attach to the wall


And thats how we completed one of the first columns

Here some of the ducks all lined up


We saved the corner columns last because we knew they would be a pain

Here are the four columns ready to be built and connected into the two corners


and here they are being constructed


- we were actually able to get away with just using 3 sides (the third being a support in the rear). The top and bases for these were a little different in that we just used 3/4" MDF on top and bottom to make up the 1 1/2" lift for which we used the 2x10s on the others. This allowed us to cut a nice single piece top that will look great.

Now on to putty and sanding- this was handled by my future-brother-in-law


Next up - cutting out the spaces for the outlets - also handled by my in-law, he was doing a lot of this while we were constructing the columns - we were definitely all working hard and getting stuff done fairly efficiently. You can see one of the outlet cut-outs in the next pic

Finally, routing the edges to get "furniture quality, frameless" columns Here's Mr. Big smoothing off the edges on a puttied, sanded, and outlet-prepped column base


By this time it was late, and time to head home to the family for dinner

I guess I must be somewhat OCD, because I couldn't just let things be and go to bed (hence me posting now as well)

So, after hauling everything off the truck and back into the basement - time to seal everything for sanding and priming tomorrow.

Here's everyone all lined up again, this time with a solid two coats of primer, drying for the night for sanding, priming and hopefully painting tomorrow



and another pic b/c i'm so proud of keeping things going to the midnight hour (yet again) - a little bit sad, ain't it?

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Yes it was a busy day yesterday with three of use working away in the shop. I pleased to report that it was an injury free day.

As we used some of the scraps from the riser to build bases for the columns we came across the plans for the soffit over the screen. Here we were planning the spacing of the framing and location of the recessed lights.



As a preview of some of todays tasks, I wonder what this might turn into. Come back tomorrow for the details

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Weekend Wrap up.
Starting at 1PM today and ending a little after midnight Jesto and I launched into a Blitz of theater building activity. It culminated with inauguration of his new projector and a 120 inch wide DIY 2.35:1 acoustically transparent screen. So without further delay here is 120 inches of Megan.






All the details of the build later today.
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To be clear - we tested on transformers because it was the first 2.35 blu-ray i was able to find -

I was hoping for a better quality movie for the first screening, but this was only a test so it was ok

On the other hand, Mr. Big seemed very happy as he was taking tons of pictures
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Not sure you can get much better quality than Megan. Oh, quality movie.

Really happy for you guys. Must be great to see a picture (any picture) on the screen. Can't wait to see some lit shots of how the room is looking!
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