Originally Posted by J_P_A
I like that monogram creator, too. I can't imagine how long it would take to replicate something like that in metal.
A 3D printer might be just the ticket, though.
I like the theater marquee. I think it will set the tone for what's inside. Very classy.
Thanks JPA. We shall soon find out what the tool time would be as I am in negotiations with a fabricator right now. The current proposal is to laser cut the 1/8" steel plate and then take it to the CNC mill to add the knurls and detail to all the little metal pieces. I have the polished nickel plating guys in Tennessee locked up right now, so it's just a question of when to pull the trigger on fabrication. More on that to follow.
Not really a construction update, but I figured I would update everyone with a few things I've been working on behind the scenes:
First, I've been compiling a number of different molding options and this original reproduction molding from Inviting Home
will be my baseboard selection. Unlike the crown molding which I will have to duplicate into a smaller scale, this one is about the height I need, so I am considering gel-staining these poly moldings to color match my veneer. If not, I'll have them recreated in solid stock.
Next, I've been quietly amassing control items for my whole-home Savant automation system. This Savant SSR-1000
will be my primary controller in the Theater, Family Room and Master Bedroom. It's essentially all the convenience of an iPod Touch with all of the essential fully-configurable hard buttons you would typically use in a hand-held remote.
It has it's own concave beveled dock to recharge.
Official photo of one programmed:
And finally, a quick proof-of-progress pic of the family room project. All 12 lights in the coffers are functional, all of the wood was fully sanded and give its last coat of poly, and the new circuit to the gimbal lights pointing toward the fireplace has been run and is now active. You will also notice the two giant holes I cut out, stuffed with insulation and ran speaker wire for rear surround speakers in the main family room. If the weather holds up I'll be shooting the speaker grills and trim rings today to colormatch the ceiling and get "stealth" bonus points.
I'll be letting the ceiling dry for about a week before stuffing all the lights back up and in