Originally Posted by drriddhish
Thank you for sharing your wonderful photographs. In a way, daunting for me as I know nothing about "building stuff", but inspiring because I love movies and dream to build a theater some day.
I am reading as many post as I can, to learn..but would you suggest a place to learn all the acronyms that people frequently use.
And since I did not grow up in US of A, I never had any one teach all the woodwork and handy work. Would you suggest going to home depot or lowes- and do they have some classes to learn it?
P.S. I loved your ceiling-I see many people love your speaker construction, but as a novice- I know little about it to admire, but I can definately admire the ceiling.
Thanks for the comments. This has been a really fun project and while I'm looking forward to it being completed, I will be a little sad not to have it to work on. I don't know of a place where you can find the acronyms people use - You just pick up on those by reading. It would be a good idea to start a sticky thread on this forum with the common acronyms though - I remember being confused with stuff acronyms like GOM (Guilford of Maine Fabric) and OC703 - Owens Corning 703 rigid insulation.
About 15 years ago I had very little knowledge of this stuff. Then I started buying houses that needed work and fixed them up. My wife and I would buy a dump - move into it and spend a few years fixing it up, then sell and move into the next dump. I have a father in law that is a contractor that taught me some skills, but when it comes down to it often you just have to jump in and figure it out. Most of this stuff is not rocket science and getting good results has more to do with time and effort than skill. I've never taken a class at Lowes or Home Depot, but I'm sure it would be a good place to learn some basics. The theater construction was somewhat unconventional for the most part and this forum is priceless when it comes to theater specific construction.
I would suggest acquiring a few basic tools and diving in and learning by doing. It doesn't always require high quality tools. They can make things nicer but the job can usually be done with cheap tools. I have a really crappy table saw that hardly cuts the same twice but I'm still pretty proud of the job I did on the soffit woodwork. There were times I had to compensate with some wood filler.