Stage Construction Mumbo Jumbo
My 1/2" router collet came in on Tuesday so I set to work cutting the excess OSB off of the top of the stage. I used a massive 2x1/2" flush trim bit and followed the curve of the stage's top step exactly. It worked much better than I thought it would but it wasn't a perfect job. If I weren't going to put padding and carpet on top of it then I would be seriously annoyed!
I have added a couple of things to my "things I wish I'd do differently" list:
1. use a thicker material on the front of the steps. The material I used flexed a little bit when I was following it with the flush-trim bit.
2. make sure that both layers of OSB on the top step overlap the bottom step 110%. By cutting the step profile flush I was able to have the top layer drop right into place along the curve of the bottom step. Unfortunately there was only one layer (so I still have to cut another one) and it didn't cover the entire step anyway.
Now that I've cut the decking for the top of the stage I'm going to cheat. I'm going to carefully measure the bottom step and then CNC cut the decking for it. I should have done this for the top from the start... After I install the bottom step's decking I'm going to tack 1/2" strips of wood to the edge and then route a roundover profile.Acoustics Mumbo Jumbo
My wife had a great idea when we were chatting about the theatre. I was bemoaning the slap echo and the installation of absorption around the perimeter of the room. My wife suggested that we install floor to ceiling acoustic panels spaced appropriately rather than covering the bottom perimeter in absorber and fabric and then covering the upper drywall perimeter in fabric only. The latter option has always sounded attractive to me but it also seems like a whole ton of work and material.
So we were thinking about building some, say, 4x6 foot frames, filling them with OC703, and covering them with prints from Spoonflower. The idea, of course, comes right out of the DIY Custom Printed Movie Poster Acoustic Panels
thread. I like that this makes the room fairly easy to customize down the road. I have a huge library of photography that I've shot over the years that would look amazing in that large format.
To expand on the idea, however, I was thinking about putting these frames on a track of some kind so that I could change their position if I needed to. Good idea? Bad idea?Off Topic Videography Mumbo Jumbo
I have been dutifully recording video the entire time while I've been working on the stage but I'm not going to edit it down until the stage construction is finished. Maybe next week... I just bought Final Cut Pro X yesterday and it is actually very good. I have been using iMovie '11 and it does most of what I want but FCPX is so much faster and more powerful. I've also decided to upgrade my time lapse equipment so I've ordered a proper bulb-ramping intervalometer for my Canon 7D. The quality out of the 7D is heaps better than the GoPro!