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Riser, columns and screen trim has all been ripped and ready to go. Riser trim and step have been installed. I forgot to add the shoe mould but oh we'll not going to tear it up to fix it. All trim is 7/8 inch thick so I think it looks fine without it.

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Columns are in and some of the wainscot. I need to buy more 1/4 ply and poplar. Screen frame needs a few more brackets and the screen track but otherwise it's mostly done.




Can't seem to find my rear surround brackets but I'm sure I will soon.
For now the speaker is just sitting on the block. The blocks will tie into the theme of floating shelves that the LCR speakers will sit on.



Columns still need trim but you get the idea.

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Looks great. You are really moving along.

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That's looking awesome! Keep up the good work!

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Looks great. You are really moving along.

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That's looking awesome! Keep up the good work!

Thanks!

I took a couple of days off to get the work done. With no sound proofing I can't run nail guns, saws and so forth at night and I'm not going to wait and just do it one day each weekend.

Once I get to the stain, putty, finish stages I can work in the evenings. What cut into my time yesterday is having to go pick up a table saw and assemble it. Trying to rip down the ply and boards with a guide just wasn't working for me.

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Just have to say, what a game today!

I did get some work done in the theater, door is now in and more wainscot is done.

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That is some nice looking woodworking. Great job.

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That is some nice looking woodworking. Great job.
Thanks!

Anyone have a good source for black hinges for cabinet doors? I basically just need a door style hinge or something similar that is much smaller than a normal door hinge. I checked both Lowes and Home Depot and they have nothing. I was hoping to find them locally to avoid shipping on 5 hinges. I guess I’ll have to find something online.

I was able to pick up the rest of my quarter round, French cleats and the screen track for the screen frame; I’ll have the frame done tonight.

I installed the power extender, door knob and the last brackets on the screen frame. The frame has a slight bow in it but I don’t think there is anything I’ll be able to do about it. Hopefully once it’s against the wall it will be OK.

I picked out most of the remaining lumber for the theater, I’ll still need some crown mould and some 8/4 poplar for the front L/R speaker. I would have loved to have done something nicer than poplar (although I like the grain of it myself) but I figured by the time I’m done it will be $650-$700 for all the columns, shelves and wainscot. If I had done something like mahogany, sapele, or walnut it would have been 3x-4x as much.

I need to clean up the area outside the theater, it’s starting to get full of tools and parts waiting to be installed

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Never mind on the hinges, I ordered some non-mortise hinges from rockler. Screen fabric is on the way as well.

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No progress without photos right?
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Screen frame just needs French cleats and paint.

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The door will be covered in wainscot and fabric so it will look more or less like the rest of the wall.

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Close up of the fabric and a stain sample

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Probably overkill but I was already having a load of poplar planed so I just picked of a couple extra boards. The lumber was ripped to 5" and is 7/8" thick.

I have also decided to skip the panel mould and just do crown around the columns. I kind have a square/clean look going on with the columns and the wainscot as it is now and panel mould would not flow with that. Plus it saves time and money...

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Today was a productive day. Pictures enclosed.
Before:
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After:
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I know poplar is a cheap hardwood but actually like it better than oak and maple, it can have some nice figure and coloration.
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One thing I need to decide is if I will carry over the upper part of the wainscot on the back columns. I am carrying the bottom or base on all the columns but originally didn't plan on the upper chair rail portion. It can't go on the side columns because of the speaker placement so it may look odd just on two of them:
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Wainscot on the front wall or leave it all black?
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Good work on the build & let's go RAVENS
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Today's progress, not as significant as yesterday with it being slower detail work.
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I thought of doing wainscot on the front wall but I think I'll just go with base instead.
Here was a mockup I did to get a feel for it:
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The Ravens finally make it back to the Superbowl and my theater is out of commission. Curse you hurricane Sandy. Oh well at least it will be a lot nicer space for next season.

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Congrats on the win over my Pats. I wouldn't mind seeing Ray win one before he heads off into the sunset.
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I feel bad for the fans of any of the teams that lost yesterday. I know how sad and mad I was to lose like we did last year.

Brady already has 3 Super Bowl rings in 5 Super Bowl appearances and I'm sure he'll have a chance at one next year so for him I'm not sad at all.

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Riser front and step front/side is complete, the riser front is just attached with screws so it can be removed in case of flood (1.5” air gap under the riser). I’m currently working on the rack and sub door. Sub door is being glued now and once that is in place I’ll measure and build the rack door. While those bits are being glued I’m sanding all the columns and wainscot, I hope to stain at the end of the week or this weekend.

Acoustic panel fabric is on its way and the rack door will be the first one wrapped. I’ve found a local place for Linacoustic and its a lot cheaper than what I have found online although twice the amount I need. But then no reason to buy 50’ for more than I can buy 100’ right? I can always sell the rest.

I think I’ll need to start looking at carpet soon so I may have to schedule a visit to the local carpet stores. While at Home depot and Lowes I’ve looked through their carpets and haven’t found any I like.

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Did you decide to go with the shorter wainscoting in the front under the screen? I like that look. Definitely makes it look more finished to have something up front as opposed to dead-ending the side wall wainscoting at the front wall.
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Did you decide to go with the shorter wainscoting in the front under the screen? I like that look. Definitely makes it look more finished to have something up front as opposed to dead-ending the side wall wainscoting at the front wall.

As of right now I’m just going to run the base along the front wall. There will be 18”x18”, 2” thick poplar platforms for the L/R and a 36”x9”x2” platform under the center channel. If I don’t like the way that is working I’ll run with either shorter wainscot on the front wall as shown or same height wainscot and push the screen in front of it so it overlaps part of it.

The screen will just be hung by French cleats so I can move it out easily if I want to. It would probably be easier to mount because I could just level a board and screw it to the studs and then hang the screen on that. As it stands now I’m going to try to hit two studs with each of the 3 French cleats. I have access to the other side of the screen wall so at least I’ll be able to see if I miss any studs. I may still just mount an 8’ board to make it easier on myself.

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That looks really good so far man.. What part of Baltimore are you from? I hoping to get started on my HT real soon.
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Is there any trick to get non-mortise hinges on a door to line up correctly? I tried twice, first mounting to the cabinet door and then holding the door in place while I screwed it to the stile. Both times I messed it up and now I’m worried I have too many holes to get it in the right spot.

I’ll try to take some pictures tonight to show you what I mean.

Also my fabric has come in, can’t wait to get started on frames. I made one frame last night for the rack door but I can’t really wrap or install any until the wood is stained and finished.

I did a sample stain with some wood conditioner first and a coat of lacquer and it came out nice. The only thing was the fumes on the lacquer were pretty bad so I’ll need to pick up a good respirator and I need to wait until it warms up a bit so I can open the basement windows and put a fan to help pull out the vapors.

Sanding is done and all wood has been wiped down so I’m ready for stain. I think I’ll have to wait until I can pre-condition and stain the entire room at one clip since most everything touches and it’s a lot of wood; hopefully Sunday.

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I usually mount the hinge to the door first. Then set the door into the opening using a spacer on the bottom to get the right opening. Mark the hinge location on the cabinet side with a pencil or something. Then open the door just enough to get the drill in there while using the spacer to keep the door at the right height. Double check against your pencil mark and drill away.

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So here is what it is supposed to look like if it were attached:
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And here are all the holes where I didn't get it right.
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Here is the frame for the rack door. Which is essentially the same as the acoustic panel frames. Just adding hinges and a cabinet pull.
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Stain sample:
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You can fix the hole problem easily enough by flipping the hinges around. A little fill will cover the other holes.

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I'll give that a try, I'm going to remove the hinge and sand, stain, finish the door the same time I do the rest of the room this weekend.

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I didn't catch the purpose of the door, but another thing you would try is magnets. A couple neodymium magnets in each corner would hold that pretty tight.

I like that stain color. Are you doing anything to try to blend the tones in the wood before staining?

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I didn't catch the purpose of the door, but another thing you would try is magnets. A couple neodymium magnets in each corner would hold that pretty tight.

I like that stain color. Are you doing anything to try to blend the tones in the wood before staining?

I could use magnets or even speaker grill ball/sockets probably as this is just the covering for the sub (the inner part will be covered by acoustical fabric). The "door" above it will need hinges as it's where the rack will be (the door is going to be wrapped like the rest of the acoustic treatments just with no insulation so the IR signals will pass through). I was getting hinges for the one so I just ordered two more for the sub door.

As to the stain I’m using this pre-conditioner since its poplar:
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This is the finish:
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I’d use something a bit more involved if I was just doing a piece of furniture but I don’t want to spend weeks putting on 5-6 coats and sanding all that wood between each coat.

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Staining is done but man the fumes are bad. I was fine with the respirator but even with the windows open and a fan it's going through the house. I have all the vents closed and some main floor windows open. Of course it's 25 degrees outside which doesn't help. Going to try some bowls of vinegar and a box of baking soda to help absorb the smell.

Going to have to take a day off from work to lacquer so that the kids and wife are not in the house. And when it's warmer.

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