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post #121 of 2998
Looks good Steve. Keep up the momentum!! :-) March is only two weeks away.
post #122 of 2998
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Looks good Steve. Keep up the momentum!! :-) March is only two weeks away.

I don't think I'm going to make it. It interesting how "family" things get in the way Oh well, I'll just keep plugging and get it done with it gets done!
post #123 of 2998
Steve,

I keep seeing Hsu in your drawings, so I took a look at your equipment list in your first post. I think I just saved you $752.00 (699.00 plus 53.00 s/h). Buy one HSU VTF3 KMII. You won't need a second one unless you plan on a small earthquake in the neighborhood. I doubt they'll cut you a break on shipping for two either, so buy one and try it out. If you then need another, then buy it. I doubt you'll need it though. Just a thought.

Bud
post #124 of 2998
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Steve,

I keep seeing Hsu in your drawings, so I took a look at your equipment list in your first post. I think I just saved you $752.00 (699.00 plus 53.00 s/h). Buy one HSU VTF3 KMII. You won't need a second one unless you plan on a small earthquake in the neighborhood. I doubt they'll cut you a break on shipping for two either, so buy one and try it out. If you then need another, then buy it. I doubt you'll need it though. Just a thought.

Bud

Bud,

Actually, I was planning to purchase only one right off the bat and do exactly what you suggested. I do LOVE bass and want to feel it on my chest. Bryan told me that I will be surprised how powerful one HSU VTF3 will be.

HSU did just release for pre-order their new models -- HSU VTF3 HO (High Output) and a HSU VTF3 HO Turbo. Each with more punch that the other. Honestly, if I do get a second sub, the proper placement for the 2nd sub would be in the rear of the room to balance everything out. Who knows, I may just get a couple of Danleys like Sandman -- I'll just need to rent out my HT for parties to help offset the cost Now THESE will blow out my neighbors and force them to move away
post #125 of 2998
Steve,

Good deal. I tell you, I have the VTF2 and I'm amazed.... Jerrod has a VTF3-HO turbo backordered. Curious how that works out for him. I know he got his Ascend SEs that were backordered, not sure on the sub yet though. Here is his thread and reference to the new VTF3. Maybe when he gets the sub he can post his comments (once his teeth stop chattering).

November Sky Theater
post #126 of 2998
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Steve,

Good deal. I tell you, I have the VTF2 and I'm amazed.... Jerrod has a VTF3-HO turbo backordered. Curious how that works out for him. I know he got his Ascend SEs that were backordered, not sure on the sub yet though. Here is his thread and reference to the new VTF3. Maybe when he gets the sub he can post his comments (once his teeth stop chattering).

November Sky Theater

Bud,

Just posted to his thread requesting a review Of course there are better (more expensive) subs out there, but for the money, this sub should rock.
post #127 of 2998
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Update...

I have not had much time during the week lately to work on the HT but got some work done today. I finished up the side surround columns that will hide the Paradigm ADP470 speakers. Here are the pics:



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These are the side surrounds that will house the Paradigm ADP470 bi/di-pole speakers. The top "empty" section is a removable section that will be covered with GOM material. This will allow me access to the speaker at any time. If you enlarge the pic, you will be able to see where I have drawn in pencil where the metal inlays will go. I plan to bondo (to fix/cover up) any defects in "my craftsmanship" and veneer these things soon.

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1st Pic is the bottom section. It will be filled with insulation to make sure the column does not sound like a drum. 2nd Pic is the middle to hold the surround speaker (will be covered up with speaker material). 3rd Pic is the top to finish it off. I plan to put crown molding up top of that.

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The goal for the cage was to keep the front right the left corners as THIN as possible so not to block any audio coming out of the surround speaker. The Paradigm ADP470s shoot out at roughly 15deg - so this is an important item when putting this speaker inside a column. As you can see in the 2nd pic, it slips out for easy access to the speaker (if ever needed).


Here is a pic of the Paradigm 470 surround speakers so you can understand the angle I was talking about.
post #128 of 2998
Nice work Steve! On Friday I was at a food court and I saw columns there that had exactly what you are doing with metal strip inlays. It looks awesome. So yours should turn out very good. Can't wait to see more progress!
post #129 of 2998
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Nice work Steve! On Friday I was at a food court and I saw columns there that had exactly what you are doing with metal strip inlays. It looks awesome. So yours should turn out very good. Can't wait to see more progress!

Glad you like the design of the columns. I should have a lot more pic in the coming weeks. I plan to veneer the columns on Thur (if I can get them all bondo'ed and sanded in time). Yldesyde/David is coming over to help with the veneering
post #130 of 2998
Swithey-your columns are looking awesome! Wow..I just realized that you are a fellow Planoite! I am curious to know where you bought your maple veneer. I also plan to use this for my columns and soffet and am having a heck of a time tracking some down.
post #131 of 2998
Rockler and Woodcraft are 2 places that have huge varieties of everything wood related. I saw at least 7 different types of veneer on my last trip over there. There is a WoodCraft on the corner of Midway and Spring Valley in Carrolton. Not to far from you.

Be carefull, you will find yourself spending hours in there looking around.

www.woodcraft.com
Brookhaven Village Shopping Center
14380 Marsh Lane
Addison, TX 75001
Phone: (972) 241-0701


www.rockler.com

Ronnie
post #132 of 2998
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This is the place I was planning to buy from (but plan to check out Ronnie's place tomorrow to compare pricing). We had a bunch of custom furniture done here at the office and this is the place the furniture guy used.

Central Hardwoods
2605 Rodney Lane, Dallas
Royal Lane/Denton Drive
972-241-3571
http://www.centralhardwoods.com/

I'm planing to purchase some Maple veneer tomorrow from someone.
post #133 of 2998
When I get to that stage, I am tracking a person with the moniker of "woodforu" on ebay. Do a search for veneers, should find him. Has some really nice large pieces of veneer that wind up reasonably priced. Possibly not as user friendly as some of the other veneer dealers, but price is right.
post #134 of 2998
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Bud,

Just posted to his thread requesting a review Of course there are better (more expensive) subs out there, but for the money, this sub should rock.

Yeah, unfortunately I don't have it and it sounds like it will ship late March/early April. By all accounts, this sub should be phenominal. When I ordered my Ascends, Dave F (the owner) took my order and told me he heard the HO turbo at CES and said it was unreal. With all the hype (and the $$$ it cost me ) it better be! I've never owned a sub before, so I'm sure it will blow me away.
post #135 of 2998
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Yeah, unfortunately I don't have it and it sounds like it will ship late March/early April. By all accounts, this sub should be phenominal. When I ordered my Ascends, Dave F (the owner) took my order and told me he heard the HO turbo at CES and said it was unreal. With all the hype (and the $$$ it cost me ) it better be! I've never owned a sub before, so I'm sure it will blow me away.

It will be a nice step up from my crappy 8" "I only go down to 40Hz" Cambridge Soundworks model That HO Turbo is rated down to 16Hz - Nice!
post #136 of 2998
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Originally Posted by swithey View Post

This is the place I was planning to buy from (but plan to check out Ronnie's place tomorrow to compare pricing). We had a bunch of custom furniture done here at the office and this is the place the furniture guy used.

Central Hardwoods
2605 Rodney Lane, Dallas
Royal Lane/Denton Drive
972-241-3571
http://www.centralhardwoods.com/

I'm planing to purchase some Maple veneer tomorrow from someone.


WOW!! did you check out their showcase pics? Those guys do some amazing woodwork.

I may have to take a trip over to their place and look around. In addition to the veneering, I will be looking for lots of molding and ornamental type stuff.

Ronnie
post #137 of 2998
Thanks a bunch guys for the wood supply tips-I'll be checking out your suggestions this weekend. I already anticipate it will be a multi-hour excursion-like a kid in a candy store
post #138 of 2998
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Originally Posted by swithey View Post

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Central Hardwoods
2605 Rodney Lane, Dallas
Royal Lane/Denton Drive
972-241-3571
http://www.centralhardwoods.com/

I'm planing to purchase some Maple veneer tomorrow from someone.

Steve, how much does the 4x8 sheet cost?
post #139 of 2998
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Steve, how much does the 4x8 sheet cost?

I believe $30 for maple veneer (paper or non-paper backed). You get it rolled up so easy to transport it in a normal car.
post #140 of 2998
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Originally Posted by ronnie_jackson View Post

WOW!! did you check out their showcase pics? Those guys do some amazing woodwork.

I may have to take a trip over to their place and look around. In addition to the veneering, I will be looking for lots of molding and ornamental type stuff.

Ronnie

Ronnie,

I was planning to go by there late afternoon tomorrow -- leave around 3 or 3:30PM. If you can leave work early, you are welcome to come. I need to pickup about 4 sheets to do the columns on Thursday.
post #141 of 2998
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Ronnie,

I was planning to go by there late afternoon tomorrow -- leave around 3 or 3:30PM. If you can leave work early, you are welcome to come. I need to pickup about 4 sheets to do the columns on Thursday.

I would love to, unfortunately I cant leave work early. Way to much going on at the moment. Be sure and let me know how they work out for you and if its a place you can browse around in with a lot to look at.

Ronnie
post #142 of 2998
Hi Steve,

Those columns look great! Can't wait to see them all veneered...
post #143 of 2998
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Ronnie -- I'll check it out and let you know. I'm in the process now of figuring out how much I need to purchase. One thing the wood guy told me is if I go with paper-backed veneer (which it what I plan to get), use a water-based glue. The oil-based glues "could" cause a reaction with the glue on the paper and seep through to the surface. I plan to use a low-VOC water based glue I found at HD. My wife is very sensitive to chemicals so anything I can do to reduce the fumes, I'll do.

Den -- as always, thanks for the comments. I can't wait until you get those walls done so you can start on the fun stuff!

UPDATE -- I received the brown speaker fabric sample from simply speakers today and it looks like a great match to the GOM fabric I plan to put on the walls. One more thing to check off the list. Veneering is "planned" to happen on Thursday so I'll have David take pics of the process. I'll be stealing all the tips I learned from SandmanX/Rubens thread so it should be just a review for everyone
post #144 of 2998
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I believe $30 for maple veneer (paper or non-paper backed). You get it rolled up so easy to transport it in a normal car.

Wow, that's a great price as other places sale the 2'x8' size for almost double. Can't wait to see the process pictured.
post #145 of 2998
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Originally Posted by hvn4179 View Post

Wow, that's a great price as other places sale the 2'x8' size for almost double. Can't wait to see the process pictured.

I just got back form the place. I had posted the incorrect price -- it's $35/sheet for a 4x8 paper backed veneer. If you want wood backed, price jumps to $50/sheet.

It's some nice stuff. I cannot wait until I get it applied.
post #146 of 2998
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Originally Posted by jandawil View Post

I got you beat Bud in the primitive department. I got a pad of graph paper and a ruler and drew the plans out. They are absolutely horrific, but at least i know what they mean. I'm on a PC or server all day at work, I don't touch them at home, except to go on AVS. Keep up the good work swithy, I enjoy popping in and checking your progress. Looking very nice.

PS - My motivation - I ordered my projector, receiver, front speakers, amp, and DVD player in the last two days. How long do you think I will let them go homeless??? Not very...


That's what we all say. Just don't hook anything up until your theater is ready or else you'll spend all your build time watching DVD's. I got my setup over a year ago. Theater project .......... still....... ongoing..... lol.

Enjoy.
post #147 of 2998
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Update

It was a LONG day. We (Yldesyde/David and myself) started about 10:30 this morning and finished about 9PM this eve. Sanding took a bit longer than expected - waiting for wood filler to dry, moving from column to column, etc. Anyway, no veneering done today - but they are READY to do that next. Here are a few pics:


1st thing we needed to do it fill all the nail holes, bondo any dips in the wood then sand until smooth. Here is David sanding one of the columns. Notice there are (2) on the sawhorses - as the other one is mine.



After we completed the sanding, we gave them a quick vacuum to get the heavy saw dust off of them. We will plan to wipe these down with a barely damp rag and follow up with a cheese cloth to remove any dust before the veneer is applied.



Here are all (8) columns sitting out on the driveway while we cleaned up the garage - talk about a lot of saw dust. My wife wouldn't even come out into the garage because of the cloud of dust that floated in the air. Both David and I wore respirator masks to keep our lungs healthy.



Here is a picture of the (6) sheets of 4'x8' paper backed Maple veneer I bought yesterday. I cannot wait to get it on the columns to see how it looks. Hopefully I'll get a few columns done this weekend.
post #148 of 2998
Columns look great. I need you guys to get trained on that veneering. I may need some help with mine.
post #149 of 2998
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Originally Posted by ronnie_jackson View Post

Columns look great. I need you guys to get trained on that veneering. I may need some help with mine.

Ronnie,

Yesterday was a good day but veneering will be LOTs more rewarding. I'll post once they are done.

BTW -- You asked if Central Hardwoods had a large selection and the ability to walk around. Well, large selection yes, but everything was in the warehouse in the back. I think they would let you go back there "supervised" to look around but don't plan on "looking" for a few hours. It's very industrial and I get the sense that you just need to know what you want when you show up. There is also a $200 min purchase -- however, they told me that they do not enforce it. It's basically there to keep the customer that comes in looking for (1) piece of crown molding, but plans on fishing through every piece they have to find the "perfect" one. It may not be a "showroom" store but you can't beat the prices.

I will need to buy some 3/4" maple edging (need less than 20'), so I'll probably get that at Woodcraft or Rockler. I think the min purchase is 100' from Central hardwoods.
post #150 of 2998
Steve, What are the dimensions for your columns? Just curious.

How is that veneering coming along?

Ronnie
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