This is kind of what I was thinking. The reddish/brown area would be oak. It would continue down the entire column. Not just on the trim.
Thanks, I will search for his thread and see what it looks like. It looks like an interesting carpet, but I have never seen it in person (in a full room).
Thanks for the link. A local theater owner has the red carpet in his theater and it looks great. It is a really thick yet soft carpet. One of the things I like about it is that it would be comfortable to sit/lay on if there aren't enough seats.
Because of our common interest in home theater, I will ignore the fact that you are a Ravens fan . Being a life long Browns fan, I don't think I will ever stop having a bitterness towards the Ravens. With that said, even though my wife is a huge Steelers fan, I couldn't stand having black and gold in my theater. Therefore, I choose to refer to them as ebony and yellow.
I decided that I am going to go with the black between the trim pieces on my columns. I quickly learned that MDF takes a lot more prep than a shot of primer. I tried using spray paint and was completely unhappy with the results. Even though I had sanded the wood prior to priming, the paint seemed to raise the grain on the MDF. I think I may need to spray it with a sealer/primer to get a better finish.
Either way, I was able to get an idea what the black would look like:
Now on to the bad news. It looks like I am in way over my head on the veneer portion of the project. Up to this point I have been very happy with the work I have done, but I quickly discovered that the compound curve on the front soffit above the stage is much more complex than I had anticipated. I wasn't able to get the result I wanted at all. I ended up having to trim the veneer at the front of the soffit at the bottom edge of the light tray.
Now I have two choices - neither of which I am happy with, but I am stuck at this point. I can go back and wrap the front of the soffit with another piece of veneer and try to come up with some sort of trim to cover the joint where the two pieces meet. Because of the compound curve, there is no way I can get a tight joint between the two pieces of veneer.
The other option is to scrap the whole thing (waisting a ton of money) and just paint everything black. This afternoon I was thinking that this is what I should have done in the first place.
Here is a shot of the veneer on the underside of the front soffit. The black portion will be behind the screen.
I also finished veneering the rear right soffit by the rack. I originally didn't have enough veneer to finish it and was waiting to place one last veneer order.
This week I am going to try to come up with a plan for the last piece of veneer on the front soffit. I am going to work on sealing and painting the columns so that they can be veneered. Lastly, I may wire up some more of the lights. I really would like to stop having to use the work lights.
That's an excellent idea Tim. That detail would provide a clear separation of the two pieces. I could then paint the corner black. I may play around with that idea. The other thought I had (although I like your idea better) is to put another piece of veneer on the vertical surface and get the joints as close together as possible. Then take a 1/2" or 1" piece of veneer to cover the joint and sand the edges to try to blend them. It would be better than nothing, but would still stand out.
I think your idea is worth looking into.
Thanks for talking me off the ledge Cheezit . I was really frustrated, but stepping away from the problem and getting some ideas from others is helping. You are right - I would really regret it if I compromised something that big at this stage. Part of the issue is that I have had many compromises throughout the build (most of which no one will ever no about) and it is just disappointing when a major feature such as the curved soffit doesn't come together as planned.
Thanks for the tips on the MDF. That is another item where I stopped after one column because I knew it wasn't quite right. I think spending the time to prep everything now will payoff in the end.
Some little updates and questions...
I picked up the oil based primer last night along with a small roller for smooth surfaces. I also sealed the edges on the column pieces with drywall compound. I gave them a light sanding tonight.
I also began figuring out what products I need to stain the oak veneer. I assumed I would be able to Google the names of the products, pick the cheapest pricing and place an order. It ends up that some of the stains can't easily be shipped because they are classified as hazardous materials. I had a pretty hard time finding a distributor (although BIG and Vik pointed me in the right direction). I finally found a local distributor who was willing to sell me what I need. This will be easier because I won't have to worry about shipping costs and can order a smaller amount and can always stop by and pick up more if needed. I went ahead and ordered the remaining products online and should have them soon.
After calling a couple of local woodworking shops to find the Roman Ogee bit I wanted to shape the bottom edge of my soffit, I finally ended up ordering it online because the local shops would have to special order it. Just my luck, while none of the specialty shops had it, Home Depot had one in stock for just a few dollars more. Oh well, I'm not in a hurry.
One question I do have - can I spray the stain through my Graco HVLP setup? If so, how hard will the cleanup be? I have a couple of other HVLP guns that run off of a compressor, but my main compressor is stationary and in the garage. I won't be able to use it to spray the soffits in the basement. I doubt my little dual tank hot dog compressor will do the job.
I thought about that when I build out the shop in my garage. I was thinking of running a copper pipe to the basement with a shutoff valve. Unfortunately, I never did. I have a mini compressor in the basement that works for most jobs (nailers, etc.), so I doubt I will run a line down there for just one job.
I ended up ordering the smaller needle for my HVLP sprayer. I think it will do the job fine.
I decided I am going to spray the stain using my Graco HVLP sprayer. Mr. Tim suggested using a 1.0mm tip, so I ordered one earlier this week. It arrived yesterday. To my surprise - the package included everything but the tip . Nice box, plus the needle was in there. I contacted the seller and was told I would have to return the package to California (3-5 days), wait 3-5 days for them to process an exchange and then wait 3-5 days for another tip to come. I decided to just return it and buy another one from another supplier instead of waiting up to 3 weeks.