Last week I finished building any of the soffits that still needed to be done.
I had Friday off so worked both Friday and Saturday. I took a look at my supplies again and realized they were only 5” and not 6”. So, after all of the discussion about grills for the ceiling, I decided to go with these.
They are 4x10 and, as most floor vents do, have a built in damper so that I can angle the air away from the screen or shut them if I find it getting too hot in the theater. I ordered them on-line from HD and picked up some boots at the same time.
We installed the boots, connected them to the flex duct, and finished the wiring for the screen lights.
It seemed to take forever to get that the HVAC connected, insulate the soffits and get that little bit of wiring done. It didn’t help that we had to take a break in the middle of the day to get the plywood to cover the soffits. This included a trip to two different locations of the same store because the first one didn’t have enough stock.
Saturday it was on to the ceiling. I’m not using the soffits as bass traps and wanted something more interesting than just a lot of flat wood. I also wanted a way to cover up the wood seams on the ceiling, so I came up with this design.
The front is flat, which was done with ¾” birch plywood. It was cut to size with the opening for the vent then installed with glue and screws along the back and brads along the front and in the middle where needed.
When both pieces were up the pot lights were measured out and cut.
Everywhere else is getting the same treatment. I’m first covering the open soffits and the drywall covered soffits with ¼” birch plywood. The ¼” is so light I just used a bit of glue and some brads to keep it up. Speaking of that, I found the ¼” to be a bit too flexible when putting it on a soffit that didn’t have drywall on it, especially where I was butting two pieces up against each other. Whilst it should work out ok, if I were to do it again I would have used ½” instead.
Followed by a 5” strip of ½” birch plywood.
Next step is to fill all the nail holes then use some panel moulding to cover the edges of the ¼”.