I find some comfort knowing I am not the only guy freezing his butt off trying to finish the millwork!
At first, my son was begging me to work on the columns on a warmer day. I have to admit the same thought crossed my mind. I knew that I needed to press on if I was going to make any progress this week.
jjslegacy, I had the same concerns with the surrounds. I was worried that if I didn't use matching drivers, I wouldn't be happy with the sound. In the end, my surrounds are 9.75" deep. I figured I could make that work.
I exchanged a few notes with Erich and Jeff Bagby (who designed the speakers) and I am very confident that I will be happy with my speaker choice.
Nice try Mike . 9.2 certainly isn't out of the question. I did some measuring to see if I could put the wides in my front columns. I don't know that I would benefit much with the height speakers due to my low ceiling height. I don't think there would be enough separation from the mains.
I am planning to paint everything black, but I may do one of the subs in an oak veneer to match the room. We will have to wait to see how everything turns out.
I can't wait to have you out. I know we have a HEMI meet coming up soon, but maybe I will be ready to have everyone out shortly after that. Maybe late Spring early Summer.
Got some work done on the theater in the last week. I was able to get all of my columns glued up. I made a base and top for 6 columns. I have about have of them sanded.
They aren't real pretty, so they will likely need some lipstick . I played around with several decorative trim ideas, but didn't really like any of them. There will also be a black speaker cloth area between the two halves.
I also covered the front wall with plastic to protect it from dust. I then wired the lights that will be behind the screen.
I also decided to stop by a carpet store to look at samples. I know it may take me a while to pick a pattern and then it may take a few weeks to order it if I pick something less common. All I can say is - it was a bit overwhelming. I saw a couple that I liked, but not really sure yet. At least I am starting to think about it.
I seem to keep going back to this pattern. It is Stanton Hickory. I have seen a couple of theaters done in red. I am leaning towards a black carpet.
This one is similar. It is Kane Vantex.
One of my biggest issues is trying to vision the entire room in a pattern. I can't really determine how much I really like it from such a small sample.
I need to get the last of my oak veneer ordered this week so I can finish up the front soffit and columns. Also have plenty of sanding to keep me busy.
I have seen people use up-lighting, but not recessed lights. I thought it would be much cleaner. Plus, I was worried about mounting lights behind the screen and not having them in the way. Hopefully this works as well as I hope it will.
Your Theatre is coming along nicely!
I am also building a set of SEOS Tempests for my LCR to upgrade my existing setup so it is cool to see some more of these! My parts from Erich should be arriving Wednesday.
I am looking forward to seeing how they all look in place especially the Alchemy's as I have entertained the idea of using those as surrounds as well. Look forward to seeing your progress and listening impressions once they are all setup!
Thanks for the lighting ideas guys. I have a feeling this will be one of the many things I will be tweaking after the theater is up and running for a while. I have a few ideas of how to modify the fixtures to direct the lighting. I will have to play with it and see what works best.
Ben, thanks for the opinion on the Stanton carpet. I am really leaning that way. I actually had an opportunity to visit Mark's theater a couple of years ago and really fell in love with the carpet. I used to be really afraid of having a patterned carpet - especially on the stage, but after seeing his theater, I completely changed my mind.
I ordered the oak veneer to finish up the columns and soffits. I don't expect it to come right away, but hopefully it is here some time next week. I have the router table all set up in my theater to make it easier when working on the columns. I have been mocking up some different ideas to decorate the columns. Unfortunately, I'm not real thrilled with any of my ideas yet. I would really like to make a decision by this weekend so I can finish cutting the last of the pieces.
Once the columns are in place I can begin to measure for the wall panels. I still have a ton of work to do, but the end is in sight.
I am looking for opinions on my columns. The boxes by themselves are way to plain for my taste. I originally had considered cutting out the center and putting some black speaker cloth behind them in a recessed area, but I didn't know how that would look with the oak. I think some trim around the top might look better.
What do you think of what I have mocked up below. These are my smaller columns that will be on the stage (they aren't as deep, but the other dimensions are the same.
The other question is, do I do the whole thing in stained oak, or do I paint the two gaps between the trim black?