One of the additions I have been excited about was getting a desk/ storage unit in the equipment room. I wanted a few drawers for remotes and a "junk drawer" for that misc. stuff, an area for my camera server and computer stuff, and some shelving. I have found those clear plastic shoe box bins at Walmart a great place to hold network connectors, coax cable supplies, and then larger clear boxes for network cables and audio video stuff. The shelving will be a great place to keep all these bins that have been laying all over the place. Best part about it is I can shut the doors and it is hidden. I am going over to the granite guy who did our home and see if I can find a "scrap" he can cut up and make a top for me. I thought about making my own formica top but feel the granite will be more durable as this top will also be used as a work top......not that I can fix any of my electronics!!
As I mentioned yesterday I picked up that piece of indoor outdoor carpet from home depot so i could have a place I could put a few of my theater chairs. I was lucky in one respect that my theater chairs from my last theater were nearly new and I was able to use them in this theater. Good theater chairs are a major expense on a theater room at the end of the build and i am glad I did not have to worry about that. I took this picture yesterday before I spent half of today moving my equipment into those racks in the back of the room. It is so nice to be able to mount the equipment and to be able to wire them from the back and have all of that access. I wish I had a dime for every time I had to pull out a rack or equipment to get to the back......hoping not to pull something loose when I would move everything back into place.
After we had the radius beams faux painted I have been reluctant to admit I was completely happy with them. To me they were missing an element of design I thought would make them "old world" looking. I wanted those straps shown in an earlier picture in this thread and we finally arrived at a design. A good friend of mine is a metal fabricator and we were thinking all along these straps would be made out of aluminum....expensive and labor intensive. After showing him my beams in the living room and these massive straps on him we decided we wanted to have some large bolt heads on these straps................O an by the way the straps in my living room were made out of some composite material and although hard plastic they looked real. He also works with plexiglass and last week brought me a prototype. He cut out plexiglass, put them in a heat/bender to break them at the proper angle and then machined bolts on a cnc machine using 1/2 thick plexiglass.
Here is the first batch of them and I am telling you they are unbelievable. The brackets toward the front are about 18 inches long x 5 x 5.
Here they are after they came out of my paint booth
Actually I painted them outside on that pallet with Hammerite paint from Home Depot. It looks just like a hammered finish. I had one of the small brackets which will be used up around the dome area and handed to a friend of mine. He was blown away because he was expecting something heavy because they look like steel.
Here is a picture of a few of the smaller brackets I put up with two sided tape near the dome. There are two different sizes up there right now because we thought we would alternate the sizes but it doesnt look good. They will all be the same size around the dome. At the end of the beams where they meet the wall and are about 20 inches tall we will have the big long brackets. I am really excited about this because i think it is going to look killer when its done.