Originally Posted by Mfusick
Ok so we agree. I think I do remember you saying something like that now, I just forgot. I do check in on your thread fairly regularly. I like your wood. lol. (I guess jokes can write themselves on that one)
I'm still totally undecided about color scheme and if I want to go through the trouble and expense of finishing wood rather that just painting MDF and stuff black. The paint is easier, and the performance is best.
The wood looks awesome though. I like the look of mahagony, or cherry or OAK, either lighter brown or with some RED. Actually darker red is nice too, think Sandman theater. IDK... I feel like it will take me an extra year to complete and really break my budget if I go finished wood. But, I also have a bar planned build and the paint might look funny with the wood bar. I don't want to flat paint the bar.
I feel I'll probably get sucked into the wood. The bar and cabinets will take a while, I'll probably do raised panel doors and designs.
My columns I think I want to be finished wood too, but I also might design them to be ported smoothing subs with a 19hz port tune. I was thinking perhaps just vaneer the MDF and use hard wood on the edges so you don't see the vaneer seems. Finished wood wainscoting has me perplexed. Seems like it could get expensive. Not sure if using MDF and then using a really nice vaneer over that, and then the finish trim makes sense. Or if I just try my best to cherry pick the best pieces of ply and use that. Cost about the same I think, but veneer is more work but could be more elegant. Decisions Decisions.
You're just going through what most of us have done........the planning stage is fun.
As far as finishing in wood, yes a lot more work..........and a tad bit more money, but well worth the added effort. Seriously, wood makes a body/soul good........too bad you're in Mass.........everything is priced higher than rest of states not to mention your taxes!! My current project after completion will be less than $2,000 but I do have perk of getting material at 40% retail.
I looked into wainscoting but didn't want to compromise on audio............so decision was made to forego wainscoting which wouldn't have been much more money, but then again, I do receive perks on specialty plywood.
From a money perspective, I received bids $5,000 to build columns, $10,000 for coffer and soffit trim, another $7,000 for wainscotting..........you can see where I'm going. Since you are a DIY guy, you will be at a fraction of cost. Time is money........if I didn't enjoy building as much as I do, would be very easy to hand over reins to someone else yet I do like not tapping into $ reserves.
I'm not a fan of MDF or painted trim for that matter........it's not because I'm into lumber commodities as a part time job, but I just like wood so much more and resale value for home benefits too.
Look into costs for stain grade materials.......if you like Cherry, clear Alder can be had at 70% of Cherry.........and IMHO with correct stain you'd be hard pressed to tell difference. Besides, Alder has a more attractive grain IMHO.
I'm thinking about expenditures for room trim over the last year. I bet I'm close to $5-6 thousand for ceiling, soffits, trim and columns. That number can be misleading since custom door was $2,300 and plywood for columns was close to $1,000...........largest portion of expenses.
You need to think about MOAR stain grade wood cutting!!!