Originally Posted by sotwell
I have been looking over the forum for about a year now and have always bookmared GPowers fabric frame page. I had decided to do 2'x4' frames in between columns and found your thread which is very close to what I am looking to do. I hope that you do not mind but I have a few questions:
1) did you use the same method as GPowers for ripping MDF and plywood? I can not figure why not to just use 2"x2" and run the edges through a table saw for the bevel.
2) with your panels did you bevel all four sides, or since the left and right were butted up to cloumns, did you just bevel the top and bottoms?
3) lighting - I notice that you skipped can/recessed lights and did just sconces. I am considering this as well. Do you feel like you have enought light with just those sconces? The photos look really dark. If you did it again would you add more light?
The GPowers fabric frame thread is really awesome and a great inspiration. It led me down the path of creating my own fabric framed theater. No problem on the questions, I'd be happy to answer as many as you have.
1. No, I did not do the same method as GPowers. My father-in-law has been a carpenter his entire life and learned the trade from his father so I followed his own idea. I have not seen anyone else do this as of yet but here goes. Since I wanted a 1" space inside the frame for duct liner, he bought 4'x8' sheets of 5/4 board (pick your wood of choice, poplar?) so it's thickness is 1 and 1/4. He used a table saw to rip the 5/4 board into strips 1.5" wide. Doing this, he was able to pick out clean sheets of wood with no knots or only a small number of knots which were cut out. We then cut the wood to size for the frames and use pocket screws to join the frames together. Again, this was nice so the ends did not have to be cut by a miter saw. We used two routers to make the process faster (as if it was not already fast enough). The first router had a cheap bit to take off about ½ of the depth of the bevel. The second router was the nice bit to provide the finishing touches. You could use only one router but taking off that much wood you would have to move it around the frame somewhat slowly. We routed all 34 frames very quickly using this method.
We discussed using the table saw to create the bevel but went with a true router bit. He (my father-in-law) was afraid that we may waste a few pieces of wood using the table saw using it to cut the bevel so we did the router route. Using the router was actually very, very easy as we routered them once the frames were already assembled.
2. Yes, all the frames were beveled on all 4 sides. IMO, it really looks nice that way. Again, IMO, this is especially true where they touch in the room corners and again up against the column. The only place I would say you could do without the beveled edge is on the bottom panel where it meets the floor. I have to use the vacuum attachment to get into this little crevice but it does not bother me at I am very careful around the frames anyhow and would not want the vacuum touching the fabric frame anyhow.
3. Regarding the lighting, yes the pictures look very dark and the room was pretty dark when I took the pictures. I was trying to give the impression of what the room looks like while watching a movie.
I did skip out on any ceiling lights in a direct effort to not undermine the effort of double drywall and green glue.
I would not add more lights to my room if I had to do it again. The 6 sconces provide more than enough light and I usually only turn on the front two sconces to show the room to family and friends. When I enter the room to watch TV, I usually turn on the rear four sconces at 40%. If you would want to read the newspaper at this amount of lighting it would not be the best scenario but for watching TV or a movie, it is fine. In fact, when I watch a movie, all the lights (except for the riser light on a 10%) are off.
Finally, I have two small floodlights on the floor behind to stage to light up the screen. Both of these are only 50 watts and are used to show off the screen wall fabric to family and friend but they will get turned off quickly and I never turn them on when I am alone in the room.
Let me know what else I can answer or provide my feedback on.
I have to update this thread anyway as I have made some changes lately and the screen wall masking system is almost done.