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post #301 of 3744
I agree, verticle. The grain should run the length.
post #302 of 3744
Verticle. Simple answer.
post #303 of 3744
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Ask for Help and you Shall Receive Thanks Guys!

So I guess Horizontal it is j/k
post #304 of 3744
Wood veneer finish looks most natural when the grain runs the way solid wood would look if the columns were constructed out of solid wood. Most always that means the long way. In this case another vote for vertical.

Could you imagine an oak tree big enough to have an 8ft wide plank so that you could run it horizontal? It would just look odd until you figured it out.
post #305 of 3744
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Originally Posted by BIGmouthinDC View Post

Wood veneer finish looks most natural when the grain runs the way solid wood would look if the columns were constructed out of solid wood. Most always that means the long way. In this case another vote for vertical.

Could you imagine an oak tree big enough to have an 8ft wide plank so that you could run it horizontal? It would just look odd until you figured it out.

Good Answer, Thanks!

The bottom of my columns are about 30" tall then there will be a 44" tall GoM for the Speaker (Martin Logan Script) then an 8" Wood Top. Here is a Quick to Size Drawing of the Columns and the Panels between them...

Light Tray on Top Runs Horizontal...

post #306 of 3744
Now the question is which way to do the 8" wooden strip at the top of the column? As far as real wood goes, 8" wide boards would make the grain run horizontal and match the headers, but a board the same width as the one used to do the bottom of the columns could be used to run vertical and match the bases. WHAT TO DO NOW?

I vote horizontal on top to match the headers.

Later,
Brian
post #307 of 3744
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I hooked up the Optoma H-79 in my Den Area and was able to put the projector 16 feet from the Wall to get my 135" Screen. So I snapped some pictures for you guys. The image is quite amazing right out the box. This is without any calibration to the projector. There is a slight green Overcast that will be calibrated out when I set this up in the theater. This is straight on My Textured wall (Knock down Finish) The Wall is a Bone White/Light Beige color.

I placed my Camera on top of the Projector and took the pictures. The Pictures are not as clear as they could be because I had to compress them down for the Web or they would of been real big files.

Also, this is using a $200 Samsung DVD player hooked up with DVI.









post #308 of 3744
I was thinking about this last night and vote for vertical also

Steve
post #309 of 3744
simulated wood grain:

post #310 of 3744
I'd say make the strip on the top of the column the same as the bottom - vertical. That way it looks like 1 piece of wood with the black inserted. I just think it looks kind of odd the other way.
post #311 of 3744
I agree that vertical (for columns) will look more natural, even though i don't know anything about veneer etc.

I way I see it is, length wise (as in column), vertical, width wise, horizontal.
post #312 of 3744
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Originally Posted by bpape View Post

I'd say make the strip on the top of the column the same as the bottom - vertical. That way it looks like 1 piece of wood with the black inserted. I just think it looks kind of odd the other way.

Agreed - simulated wood grain changed!
post #313 of 3744
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Originally Posted by Gerry S View Post

Agreed - simulated wood grain changed!

Thanks for that Simulated Wood Grain Gerry S!

Ruben
post #314 of 3744
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I finished Assembling the Equipment Rack for the Theater. It's a Middle Atlantic Rack Model AX-SRX-43 that rolls out on a Service track and rotates so you can Wire it up (I have no access behind the rack room). It is a 43 space Rack.

Well anyway, after I get it all assembled I noticed it looked a bit tall. According to Middle Atlantic's Web Site, PDF & Assembly instructions, this rack is 75-1/4" Tall and needs to be 3" off the floor for the 31" service track. So 75-1/4" plus 3" is 78-1/4" from the Floor. I made my Rough Opening Exactly 80" Tall so the rack can fit right in there perfectly. Well guess what? The entire rack is 82-1/4" tall plus I need to add 3" to that for the Service Track. I somehow overlooked the Rough-in Measurements because they were not in my face like the 75-1/4" measurement was. So now I have to take it apart and cut the Rails down to size.






Here is the Hottest thing for Christmas this Year. November 21st The Lines began and tents went up in front of Best Buy to get the 100 peices that came in for November 22 Release. Well once again Yesterday, The Tents went up in front of Best Buy waiting to get the 74 xBoxes they got In. They were sold out before the store even opened.

I gave up trying to get one after I exhausted all my Resources for 3 weeks and turned to eBay. I bid on a xBox 360 Premium System that was out in Canada and Won it for $711.00 plus Shipping. Well the guy I bought it from was really slow at responding after I Pay Paled him so I decided to bid on another System that I saw was local to me in Boca Raton. Well I ended up winning that one too for $750.00. Now all the Sudden the Guy in Canada says hey I'm ready to ship your xBox when I figured I would just cancel the Pay Pal to him since he Did not accept it yet, but he accepted the payment before I could cancel it. So anyway long story Short I ended up with 2 xBox 360 Premium Systems.



If anyone here absolutely needs an xBox 360 for his kid or personal, I am willing to do a trade or whatever. I really can't use 2 xBoxes and I may end up having to throw one on eBay. These things are impossible to buy at stores as you may already know.
Just PM me if interested.

By the way, People are selling empty shoe boxes with the words "xBox 360" written on them and people are buying them for $600.00 because they don't read the Description of the auction and get caught up in those last minute bids. Check this out...
http://www.2dorks.com/junk/xbox360.htm

Ruben
post #315 of 3744
Geez, all I can do is shake my head, Amazing.

Bud
post #316 of 3744
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These are the lights I been Looking for. Due to my situation, I can not use a Big Can Light in my 5" Tall light trays to shoot Downward. I wanted to have a small MR-16 type light but not Low Voltage. Well when I was in Specialty the other day buying Veneer, I found some line voltage MR-16 type Lights with a swivel Bulb. The glass lens on them is a little loose and can be easily modified to prevent rattling. These lights have a nice spread of light and can flood your walls nicely.

These come in Swivel or Non Swivel and come in a bunch of Colors from Chrome to Black. Best of all they stock them at Specialty by my house.










post #317 of 3744
Ruben my turn to LOL, That rack story reminds me of when I tried to fit a 48 inch double door into a 50 inch wide rough opening. I had to get out the reciprocal saw and hack out a stud and reframe the door opening.

Anyway I'd be happy to swap you even my Sears reciprocal saw, handy plastic carry case and a hand full of metal cutting blades for one of those Xboxes.
post #318 of 3744
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Originally Posted by BIGmouthinDC View Post

Ruben my turn to LOL, That rack story reminds me of when I tried to fit a 48 inch double door into a 50 inch wide rough opening. I had to get out the reciprocal saw and hack out a stud and reframe the door opening.

Anyway I'd be happy to swap you even my Sears reciprocal saw, handy plastic carry case and a hand full of metal cutting blades for one of those Xboxes.

LOL, I have plenty of tools already. I use DeWalt anyway
I need to build a Shed for my tools now my garage is Gone

Ruben
post #319 of 3744
Ruben:

YOU NEED TO BE REAL CAREFUL WITH THOSE LIGHTS. BE SURE THE AREA AROUND THEM IS TOTALLY OPEN and that they don't come any where close to that cotton batting . I'd use a a 12 inch saftey margin minimum.

I think I would enclose them in something non combustable just to be safe.
post #320 of 3744
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Originally Posted by BIGmouthinDC View Post

Ruben:

YOU NEED TO BE REAL CAREFUL WITH THOSE LIGHTS. BE SURE THE AREA AROUND THEM IS TOTALLY OPEN and that they don't come any where close to that cotton batting . I'd use a a 12 inch saftey margin minimum.

I think I would enclose them in something non combustable just to be safe.

Thanks for the Tip. But these will be most likely going in my empty lght trays shooting down. There will be nothing near them to burn. The Light tray is 8" deep x 5" tall, more than enough space for ventilation. I can also put these in small cans I believe.

My trouble was, the height of 4" Line cans was a minimum of 6" tall and my light tray wall is 5 Inches tall and you would see the back of the cans and Wires sticking out.
post #321 of 3744
Ruben, I was on ebay last week and found that there are places that make LED replacements for the standard 12 volt halogen bulbs. If you got the 12v fixtures and went with the LED bulbs, you could probably save a lot of heat build-up...

Ebay item: 4426579429

There are also some GU10 bulbs that use LED's from the same guy, ebay item 6022441110
post #322 of 3744
Hey Sandman - I tried looking back in the thread but couldn't find the answer - did you end up anchoring your stage to anything (walls or floor)?
post #323 of 3744
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Originally Posted by SVonhof View Post

Ruben, I was on ebay last week and found that there are places that make LED replacements for the standard 12 volt halogen bulbs. If you got the 12v fixtures and went with the LED bulbs, you could probably save a lot of heat build-up...

There are also some GU10 bulbs that use LED's from the same guy, ebay item 6022441110

Thanks SVonhof,

But I am tyring to stay away from Low voltage. The heat is not going to be an issue for me. These lights will probably never see full power anyway. But That is a pretty cool alternative for low voltage applications.

Ruben
post #324 of 3744
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Hey Sandman - I tried looking back in the thread but couldn't find the answer - did you end up anchoring your stage to anything (walls or floor)?

Nope, I did not anchor the stage to anything. It has a 1/4" space between it and the walls around it. I used Foam on the Roll all around the Stage to prevent any possible knocking issues. Also used Foam on the roll under the Stage on all the joists.

Ruben
post #325 of 3744
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The 134' of Fiber Cable I had left has been sold.

Thanks
Ruben
post #326 of 3744
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Update... Columns

The good thing about My Thread is you get to see How Messy we are at Building. Don't let all those other Threads that show nice clean pre-constuction Pictures Fool you. They were all dirty like mine They just cleaned up before taking the Pictures . SandmanX shows you the Raw and Dirty Side

Well anyway, I feel the Columns may be a bit to big for the Room. They look great in the Renders but as you will see, they are a bit bigger in person. We still need to build out the Walls 2" to accomodate the Treatments, and right now the Columns are 12" x 17.5" against the Drywall. Once the 2" treatments go up, the Columns will look 10" x 17.5".

What do you guys think? Should I make them less Deep?

These are the After The Cleanup Shots







post #327 of 3744
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post #328 of 3744
I really like your thread because I'm learning a lot. But there are things that are giving me worries. Those are (a)building the airduct in the basement and (b) electrical. I'm weak in those areas. I have very small knowledge on it. Will I have an airduct in my basement once the house is built?

Question about your columns. What are the wires inside the columns used for?

Awesome HT construction btw! Keep up the good work!!!
post #329 of 3744
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Originally Posted by v1rtu0s1ty View Post

I really like your thread because I'm learning a lot. But there are things that are giving me worries. Those are (a)building the airduct in the basement and (b) electrical. I'm weak in those areas. I have very small knowledge on it. Will I have an airduct in my basement once the house is built?

Question about your columns. What are the wires inside the columns used for?

Awesome HT construction btw! Keep up the good work!!!

Cool!

All those wires are for Outlets, Lights & Speakers.

Ruben
post #330 of 3744
Ruben, I think that once the 2" treatments go up they will look good at 10". Don't start doubting your vision now.
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