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post #271 of 467 Old 05-23-2012, 06:12 PM
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Well,

Your skills and craftsmanship are still intact for sure. Well done. I think you could be the "South African" counterpart to Big if you chose to do so. I'm looking forward to the the grenade to the ceiling fan and the star ceiling taking shape.

Keep up the excellent work and keep the pics coming.

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Thanks for the big compliment RT - I'll sure try not to disappoint you.

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I started with the media rack. It's made out of, yep, MDF!! Just to show that I did use a plan at least SOMEWHERE during my build, here's the plan for the rack - not to scale of course, but more of a cutlist and assembly plan



Here's a shot of the wood for the rack, everything except the one big piece that'll go on the back of the rack that is 1,8 X 2,1 meters.



The whole rack is built in separate sections and will then be fixed together to form one solid piece. The foot piece and the rest of the rack will be joined together only when the rack is in place in the little hallway next to the equipment rack, because it won't be able to leave the HT through the door 'cause the door is only 2.1m high and the whole rack will be a bit higher.

Here's the beginning - the footpiece is being put together with wood glue and the nailgun.





Here the base is finished and two racks put upside down ontop of it:



And finally, after very sore back and arms, all the pieces are finished and just stacked up before everything is stuck and nailed together - this thing is HUGE!



Next I put the big back-piece on the riser and assembled the rack ontop of it and glued and clamped the side pieces to the sides of the rack and nailed it as well.



and the other side:



This is how far I am now. Just as I thought, I've overdone it a bit - this thing is bloody heavy, so heavy in fact, that I'll have to ask my brother to help me get it out of the HT and ontop of the base. The trimmings and finishing must still be done, but you get the general idea of how it will look. It can hold about 996 standard DVD/blu-ray's.

I'll post some more as I progress.

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that was definitely not drawn to scale. The napkin drawing led me to expect a normal looking rack. You have created a gigantor!
Looks great as usual!
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That is one sick rack. I know a lot of people have extensive libraries. I can carry all the disks I own under one arm. I find it hard to invest in a $25 Bluray when I can rent it or download it.
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Thank you calimark, one of the main reasons for such a big rack is to cover the block windows in the hallway because they are ugly and to prevent any sound leaking from the HT to enter the rest of the house through the windows. The cavities will be stuffed with pinks stuf or the yellow fibre glass batts. Here's a previous pic to show what I'm talking about.

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Gourgues theater you have great work
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Looking great Will - Very impressive work!

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http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1289590
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Curious, why didnt you just block off the window in the beginning?

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Those funny block and trinagle windows will be stuffed with insulation and covered up by the DVD/Blu-ray rack later on

<- That was like 10 years ago. I had already forgotten about that.
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Thanks BIG, I love to hold the physical disk, case with artwork ect. in my hand as well as standing in front of a shelf and decide what movie to watch - must be a childhood fantasy of owning my own video shop and that I can pick any movie to watch The same goes for books, I love the feel and smell of books. I've read a few e-books on my tablet, but it's not the same as holding the book in my hands - maybe I'm just an OLD SCHOOL guy

Bryceo, thank you for the compliment and reading the thread.

Hey Benji, who's it going? Your HT is also comming along very nicely.

calimark, I had to put the rack somewhere anyway, so I decided to just put it in front of the windows - two flies with one hit kinda thing!
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Hello everyone, between the studying for the exam I managed to do some work. I've finished the media rack, put on the trim and put it in place were it'll stand. Boy is this thing HEAVY. Me and my gardener moved (slided) it from ther HT into the garage where I sanded the edges and put up the top part as well as the halfroud trim and scotia pine. With all this extra added weight, we moved it back into the HT corridor and lifted it onto its base. We first had to lift the one side onto the tempopary riser piece (I built in the beginning of the build) because we could'nt pick up the whole rack at once, and then the other side and slid it onto the base but its up there now I'll paint it in place after I anchored it to the wall.

Here's some before pics:







And here's the after pics - that's after like in "after the huffing and puffing"







Another part of the build that I didn't looked forward to, was the covering of the screen wall and building the corner traps with the fibreglass batts. Luckily it's done now!

It started with a pile of yellow boards, my trusty electric carving knife (btw. it's giving off a slightly burnt electronics smell, so it might be on it's way out - I hope it'll hold till everything is done) and some adhesive. Here is the first panel ready to go up:



And here it is - ta-daa!!



And four down



Here's how I did the cutout for the centre speaker's shelf bracket:



And finally the whole wall was covered:



Next up was the corner traps:

The first panel divided into eight triangles



And the first panel cut up - that is the first of 13 and a half panels = 108 triangles - itchy, itchy ....



Here's some of the triangles,enough about for one trap, in the HT



And late eyesterday afternoon - both traps are finished and the days work is done!!





Till later

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Great job on the screen wall and media rack.

And I thought I had a lot of movies.
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Now THAT's what I call a media rack! Well done! Just looking at the insulation makes me itch.

Coming together very nicely.

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Thanx Spaceman and RT. I'm still itching a little between the fingers but luckily it's done. I must now cover the fibreglass with black fabric to prevent any light reflection. (as you already know )

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Just something I was wondering about...

I just spoke to the guy at the place I buy my MDF from. He said that one sheet of 16mm Supawood weighs 75kg's. I've used 3,5 sheets in the rack so that adds up to 262,5kg (578,7 lbs ) It's no wonder me and the gardener couldn't carry it
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How deep did you make your shelves on your rack?

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blipszyc, the shelves are 154mm deep, that is 20mm (2cm) deeper than the DVD/Blu-ray cases.
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578 pounds? Sheesh man! Did you get hernia insurance before you built that thing? Might be something to think about should you ever build another one.

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578 pounds? Sheesh man! Did you get hernia insurance before you built that thing? Might be something to think about should you ever build another one.

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Ha ha. RT, I really did not think about the weight before I built the thing, but one thing I wanted to make sure is that the shelves don't sag over time, cause that always look so bad when shelves sag. Luckily they are VERY sturdy and because they are not very broad they shouldn't sag (holding thumbs )

PS. I think I actually did some damage in my left knee but it's better now.

PPS. And about building another one ......... NEVER AGAIN!
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Well if your shelves ever do sag you can "fix" it like this guy did.



You'll just have to find the "right" media boxes.

Here is hoping your knee gets better.

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well if your shelves ever do sag you can "fix" it like this guy did.

You'll just have to find the "right" media boxes.

Here is hoping your knee gets better.

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hahahaha
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Thanx RT, cool pic - looks like it's smiling - exactly what I don't want
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Dit lyk stunning!

Finely got time to catch up with your post, it looks great!

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Dankie Dirkie, ek waardeer! You'll have to come over once I'm finished - whenever that may be
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Hi guys, not much to report. I've managed to put up the black fabric over the fibreglass panels behind the screen.
I think I'll be able do do more work now that my exam is over. The next thing wil probably be the STAR CEILING!!
Hope to start with it soon.

Here's some pics of the screenwall.

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Oom al wat ek kan se is befok mooi so ver.
Honestly what a build from some one at home I can't wait to return back home buy a bigger house and start my own dedicated HT.
Well done can't wait for the completion biggrin.gif
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Dankie vir die kompliment Bushie!!

Anyone know where I can find some nice skymaps or star maps that I can download for a template for the star ceiling? The star ceiling will consist of 4 panels joint together and covered with velvet as well. The whole plan is currently on a spin-cycle in my mind, busy getting it all worked out before I start the construction.
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This might get you started or provide some food for thought. Clickie Here is another one. Clickie. Don't know if this is what you are talking about or not, but hopefully provides some help.

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Thanx RT, it looks like could work. I've just have to figure out how to put the panels together, "wire" the optic fibres and get the whole thing to the ceiling and fixing it so that it don't drop on our heads midway through a movie eek.gif
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Enough slacking, let's start working again.

I've begun with the star ceiling - eventually. The whole panel will consist of 4 seperate panels that will be bolted together on the floor and then pushed up by 6 volunteers (still to be recruited) while I will be in the attic fastening the rods.

Here's a pic of the wood, threaded rods, nuts & bolts and big fender washers:

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Here the side pieces of the "boxes" is marked where the bolts will go that'll keep the four panels together.

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And here they are in pairs after the 8mm holes is drilled. The sides is made out of 16mm MDF and the bottom sheet, where the fibres will go through, is 9mm MDF.

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This is the layout to form the box, with a centre span to keep the bottom sheet from sagging. I made the four frames first and then put on the bottoms.

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Here's the four frames finished and stacked on top of each other. I didn't take pics of the actual nailing and screwing of the bottoms to the frames, but I used glue, then the nailgun with brad nails and to make triple sure it stays connected to the frame, I screwed it with chipboard screws as well.

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Here's one of a finished panel with the nine blocks I cut and drilled for the threaded rod to go through and bolted on the bottom with a big washer.

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Here is the four panels ready to receive their connecting blocks for the rods. They are just pushed together to see if they'll fit - you can see the bolts and washers test fitted.

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This is to show how I fixed the blocks to the panels. Glue + Nails + Screws + Clamp = very strong bond!

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De javu? Same Hand Different Finger - Don't know if I must call it First blood part II or Second blood part I rolleyes.gif (I'm very lucky so far - this is about the most serious injury I got while building the HT - except for the sore muscles biggrin.gif )

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All panels glued and rod-blocks fastened. A total of 9 rods will keep the whole star ceiling up. Next came the paint. This is just to keep the MDF from showing through the velvet that will be streched over it.

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And here the first coat is on

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After the second coat dried, I put on the starmap, printed on 168 A4 folios (old recycled statements) and sticked it down with sticky-tape

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And here the whole lot is done! It took longer to stick the template to panels than it took to paint the things mad.gif

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Here's a close-up of one of the panels with its star-map and ready to be drilled.

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I used a dremmel-kind of hand tool to drill the holes. I used a 1mm drill bit. I got to finish 1 and a half panels before the battery ran out. It's busy recharging now, so I'll finish the rest tonight after work and post again when there is more progress.

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