ok, motivated by the fear of having been loganed i have some progress pics to post. first is the work on my columns. i didn't want the usual square columns with speakers in them so i went with an approach of recessing the surround speakers into the walls behind the gom then letting my columns be real wood columns. i always liked the old style columns that sit on pedestals so i did a raised panel cherry pedestal with a round column on top.
first i built the pedestals out of raised panels (if you don't want to build them you could always buy them from a cabinet shop). i used cherry for everything in the theater. i mitered the corners of the raised panels and joined them together into a U shape then put a plywood cap on top with a little door jamb around the edge. i finished them with baseboard and whambo - raised panel pedestals.
then i bought some plywood cylinders and half cylinders. i got mine from www.tapeease.com
. they came in 10' lengths and i cut them in two to use for the upper columns. they are kind of ugly when you get them and the grain is going the wrong way.
on the stage i used full 14" diameter columns and on the side walls i used 12" half cylinders. after applying veneer to the columns they look like solid cherry. sitting them on top of the base they look like this on my stage.
i still have to get a small piece of curved trim to put around the top and bottom of each column to hide the gap between it and the ceiling. i am considering using a new flexibile molding since this wood will be stained.
i made the pocket door slice through the middle of the columns so that when it is open it looks like it is not there. the columns are on both sides of the doorway so it looks like they wrap all the way around.
as you can see i have insulation in. i will post on that when i get the pics uploaded.
logan - feel the heat baby!