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Looking good!

How often do you work on it? You seem to be making good and consistent progress. I like this thread because it's updated often, not stuck in mud. And, it seems to fly under radar so there isn't a bazillion side comments and discussions mucking it up. It's all business .
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Looking good!

How often do you work on it? You seem to be making good and consistent progress. I like this thread because it's updated often, not stuck in mud. And, it seems to fly under radar so there isn't a bazillion side comments and discussions mucking it up. It's all business .
Thanks! I'm usually working on the build on Saturdays. I took yesterday and today off to run errands, relax, and sneak in a little build time. All business now because I want more play time later when the work is done. [emoji41]

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I created a beveled top rail and added it to the top of the bar.





I'm happy with the look so far. I'm going for a more contemporary look than a traditional one. I guess I like mitre cuts.

Starting to turn my attention to the in wall build out behind the other bar.

Here is the look I am planning to achieve but imagine it in a cabernet stained oak and only 7-8 inches deep:


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I really like the connection panel there but is there a way to conceal it when it's not in use? If it's not an issue/concern for you then disregard.


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I really like the connection panel there but is there a way to conceal it when it's not in use? If it's not an issue/concern for you then disregard.
Good question. I researched this when I first installed the same panel in the floor of the riser



I wasn't able to find a pre made solution to cover it. I guess I could always fabricate a cover out of a wooden blank plate. Is there a better solution?

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Is there a better solution?

I was hoping you knew because I want to do something similar


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I love getting big orange to do my cuts for me. It saves so much time. Not to mention makes it much easier to load pre cut pieces into the explorer as opposed to a huge 4x8 foot sheet of wood. I got started on the in wall cabinet today. So far I've lined the wall in oak ply. I decided against doing a DVD shelf to the far left because I thought it wouldn't look symmetrical. However after tacking and glue I realized I forgot to add another stud to strengthen the plywood. If you lean on it it caves in a little. So I think to solve that problem I'm gonna go ahead and cut out the ply and move forward with the original plan for the DVD rack. Ha! Besides big orange already cut the shelves for me. I just need to make cabinets out of them. [emoji4]
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And here's what I've gotten done


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Cut out for the DVD shelving.

Still researching different styles of framing to hide the visible joints...
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Update on the rgb led strip dimming. The pwm module I received will actually not work the way I thought it would. I guess the customer support didn't really understand what I was trying to do but pretended to. At any rate I've been researching RS232 specs for the Grafik eye as well as the Arduino microcontroller. I believe with a little bit of code and only a few $$ I should be able to dim RGB Led strips with the Grafik eye based on any zone. I'm a programmer by trade and hobby so this should be a very cool post build project!

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I have 2 in wall satellite speakers and in wall sub for the pool table, another set of the same for the flat screen, another set in the bathroom, and also in the very last room in the back. I'll need volume controls and ab switches for these things as well as a multi-zone amp. I got all the smurf tubes and speaker wires run. Just need to install the speakers and get another amp to run all of them. Not sure of the most economical way to do this yet. If anyone has any ideas let me know.
Update on this. On Friday I scored a used 4 source 4 zone amp for $100 shipped on eBay! Its coming with 2 remote controls and 4 double gang backlit lcd keypads. Only catch is that I installed single gang smurf tube boxes that screw into the front of the stud for the volume controls. Will have to cut out the drywall and retrofit these keypads somehow. Regardless im super siced about this. Another post build project on the books... muhuhahah!

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This is my in wall "built in" design. I hope to have the wall behind the bar looking like this after getting a good start on the shelving this weekend.



Not sure yet if I will build 4 doors for the bottom 4 spaces or just 2 doors for the 2 bottommost spaces.

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Took me all day yesterday to cut all the wood for the shelves.



At the end of the day I was able to put together the DVD shelves but realized my measurements were too perfect. 2 of the shelves were off by a 16th of an inch which caused me to have to shove the DVDs in... no bueno. So then I took apart the shelves remeasured to give each section another inch of space. I put everything back together filling the old screw holes with wood filler. Once I stood the shelving up on the floor I realized it was leaning to one side. WTH. Heres a pic of the dry fit.



I'll need to fine tune 3 of the shelves which go slightly out of level when the shelving is straightened out in the wall.

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Finally got the shelves built. Note to self: measure interior of in wall space not just the exterior. I ended up taking apart and shortening the width of one of the cabinets twice and another one once. Wasted time with that so I didn't meet my goal for the day. I still need to edge band the dvd shelves and the top 3 big shelves and attach a sill plate to them. Because of that, those shelves are all dry fit for now.





Eventually I'll be putting a door in front of the waste pipe and the other 3 small shelves as well.


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Thanks! Still learning as I go. I'll definitely need to up my wood staining game pronto.

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