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post #271 of 741
Hey Picasso - I hope you wore a mask.

post #272 of 741
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Yes, a mask, albeit a cheap one, long sleeves, work gloves, and goggles. I was still a little itchy afterwards, but that may just be in my head .
post #273 of 741
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The front wall is finished. As you can see my daughter was quite disturbed that I covered up the smiley face. I bought some roofing nails with the plastic washers and removed the washers. I then used 2.5" drywall screws and the plastic washers to attach the 2" OC 703.

I bought the material to build my screen. I am going to get some velvet this afternoon for the frame. Screen building pics to follow...
post #274 of 741
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Full Disclosure: The techniques used below were blatantly copied from Ronnie Jackson's Thread. What do they say, "Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery?"

First I built the wood frame. Use the Kreg's Jig to connect the corners.

Then added T and L brackets for more support.

Then I painted it with flat black paint.

I then layed the frame on the SmX material at a slight angle to decrease the chance of having trouble with moire.

A lot of staples later. I used a canvas stretching tool to get it nice and tight (thanks again Ronnie).
post #275 of 741
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I bought some base molding with a gentle curve to it and some black velvet.

Stapled the velvet to the back of the molding.

I then screwed the molding to the frame and pulled the velvet over the molding which hides the screws. Then stapled the velvet to the back to the molding.

Repeated the process on all 4 sides.

I attached the screen using french cleats (once again a la Ronnie).

A couple of screen shots:

post #276 of 741
Looking really nice! I never thought to screw first and THEN pull the velvet, I made my frame and then screwed it in using black screws. You can't really see them, but I still know they're there. Next time around I think I'll steal your idea.
post #277 of 741
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Thanks Action. Steal away, as the idea is already hot, if you know what I mean.

Question for anyone: There has been a few times when watching my new screen that I was able to see light reflecting off the back wall through the screen. Typically this occurred when the image was dark except for a small bright area (eg, words on a dark background). How do people rectify this?

Options I have considered:

1) Black speaker grill cloth attached to the back of the screen.
2) Black speaker grill cloth attached over the OC 703.

Option 1 would require less cloth, but would place an additional layer of fabric between the speakers and the audience. Does this layer make a difference? Option 2 would require more cloth, but less AT material between the speakers and the audience. Any thoughts???

I assume black GOM would work as well, but is more expensive.
post #278 of 741
Seems like #2 is the most common, and has the least effect on your speakers. I plan on going that route. Joann fabrics has speaker cloth very very cheap, plus you can use a coupon for 40 or 50% off.
post #279 of 741
Try spraying a small area with some flat black spray paint and see how it covers. That mite be the easest way if it works
post #280 of 741
I was going to mention the spray paint too. But would that have any negative acoustical effect?

Screen looks great Mike! Looks like you're really at some fun stuff right now.

Your little girl is too cute! We've got twin 2.5 year old boys. We'll have to make it a kid friendly event when we get together.
post #281 of 741
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spray paint...hmmm. I wonder it that would change the absorption properties of the insulation. Anyway, I already ordered a few yards of speaker fabric. I will see how it works and let you know.

Tony, kid friendly is good. Saves babysitter issues
post #282 of 741
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I received the doors I order through Big Blue, the first is for the equipment closet. It has a smoked glass insert so you will be able to see hints of the equipment lights. Here it is stained. I still need to add poly.

The second door is for the theater. You guys are going to have to wait on that one. I think it is going to be pretty cool.

This weekend I began my last tiling project. This is the hallway that leads to the basement exit. I installed two doors also. The door to the left goes to the garage/workshop. The door to the right goes to a long, thin storage closet.

The tiling is the last major project outside the theater. I think when this is done, I will truly see the finish line.

In other news, the template was made for the granite counter tops for the bar. Should have them in a couple of weeks. Went with Baltic Brown.

When the guys were making the template, I found out that they do the granite for the local Lowes. I went to check out the price at Lowes and it is $10/sqft more than what I am paying. See ya, Mr. Middle Man! No $10/sqft for you!
post #283 of 741

Things are coming along nicely. Couple more questions for you. You might have posted this but I missed it. Where/how did you do your cabinets? I like the black oak look and plan to do my trim and cabinets that way. Did you stain or paint? Is it Oak or something else?
My snack bar is only 19" deep so I will have to have something made but wanted to see what direction you went.

post #284 of 741
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The cabinets were exquisitely hand crafted by someone other than myself. I ordered them at Lowes. They are oak Diamond cabinets finished with the darkest color they had. I think it may be called "chocolate brown," but I am not 100% sure. For the rest of the trim work I am using "Deep Ebony" stain from lowes (Olympic?). It is a real close match to the cabinet. A couple of nice things about using a very dark stain is that it is very forgiving (no lap marks, no drip marks, etc) and you can mix and match wood types without noticing much of a difference (eg, I have used some pine trim around the cabinets and it looks almost exactly like the oak). This can be a big factor once you look at the price for oak trim compared to pine. Everything thus far has been stained and polyurethaned, no painting.
post #285 of 741
Bravo! Thanks Gonzo...

Looks like I will be using Choc. Brown stain. I will check out the cabinets at Lowes. Thanks for the tips.

post #286 of 741
Trying looking for/referencing the stain color 'espresso'. When hunting for black/very dark brown furniture for one of our bedrooms, every manufacturer had this color listed as 'espresso' or some type of espresso -
post #287 of 741
Hi Gonzo, everything is coming together very nicely. Quick question fo you: Are you doing a backsplash with the granite countertops?

I have the Baltic Brown countertops in my house and I can't decided what to do for a backsplash. Just wondering if you had any thoughts.

post #288 of 741
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Hey Lane,
I will likely do some sort of tile backsplash in the future. For right now I am not having them put in the granite 4" backsplash (saves some money). I was looking at small 1"x1" tiles the other day and I think I will be able to come up with a good combination that goes well with the counters, wall colors, and cabinets. But this will be a "down the road" project.
post #289 of 741
Yeak , I opted to not get the 4" granite backsplash also. I really think I may go with slate for the backsplash. I like the idea of the small 1x1 tiles.

Thanks, Lane
post #290 of 741

I love the theater man. This is definitely some inspiring stuff! Just WOW!

Keep up the good work

post #291 of 741
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thanks Gonzo number 2!
post #292 of 741
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Finished the tiling. Next, I will need to work on the trim.

Looking down the hall from the exterior door. Can you see the excised portion of the door frame (see a page or two ago)?

...and looking the other way.

I have been accumulating some goodies for the decor of my castle.
The lion candle sconce...

...LOL, and the dragon shelf
post #293 of 741
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Granite counter tops were installed today. They made an error with the top of the bar (cut it about 1.5" too short), so that is going to be corrected. They also did some drywall damage, but that is not a big deal. Because of the low ceiling, it was a tight fit getting it in. A little drywall damage doesn't seem that bad considering.

You can see here that it is too short and the drywall damage.

I hung some speaker cloth over the insulation and my problem with seeing bright objects on the back wall is solved.

I also received my Axiom speakers and HSU subwoofer. I set everything up temporarily to see how she sounds. I used an old 5.1 receiver from a HTIB I had years ago. It actually sounds pretty good considering there is no side wall treatments or carpet. We watched "Flags of Out Fathers" last night. It was pretty cool to have audio with the video
post #294 of 741
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I built fabric frames this weekend. Used MDF and my Kreg's jig to put them together. I cut a 45 degree bevel on the edges.

Making sure everything fits.

Here the frames are covered with black GOM and velcro'ed to the false wall frame. I bought a $25 electric stapler for attaching the GOM. It was a smart purchase. I highly recommend one if you are going to be doing a lot of stapling.

I still need to fill in the gap above the screen...maybe next weekend.
post #295 of 741
amazing thread Gonzo... Great build. You have excellent story telling skills, which make me feel like I am a part of the project...

Please continue to post on your progress.

Someday, I may do this (thats my ultimate dream)... Have to get a house first though.
post #296 of 741
Gonzo, I have not checked your thread for a while - great progress on the front wall - Looking good!
post #297 of 741

Have to agree with Mike the place is shaping up great. Looks really good I really like your choice of granite - nice stuff

post #298 of 741
I'm sure with all of us on here bugging you about "when are there going to be updates?...", it would seem that is some great motivation for any of the theaters on this forum...you don't want to displease your readers. They keep you going when you might just let it slide.

So fare it looks great! One question though. What is that white edging that you are using across the front of the stage there? and what's it's purpose?

post #299 of 741
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Thank you for the kind words. I have been finishing up some trim work in the hallway. You guessed it, more staining and more poly. I have spared you the pictures. I figure I can only get so much mileage out of the hallway pictures.

I have also been working on the theater doorway and door. It is taking a while because I have to stain one side at a time, sand it down and stain again. I didn't want to stain it after hanging it, because the stain would tend to pool. It should look pretty sweet when it is done...hopefully by this weekend.

When all of the above is done, then it will be time to finish up the walls/columns/treatments in the theater, which will be no small task.

FoeHammer, that is a special acoustic resonating white strip of trim. I am thinking about marketing it and quiting my day job. PM me if you want one.

Actually, when I built the stage, I was going to use some quarter round to create a lip. However, the angle of the curve was such that I could not bend the wood around the edge. Either it split or just wound not lay right against the edge. After several failed attempts to resolve this, I tried some PVC-like exterior quarter round. It was flexible enough to bend around the edge and create the lip. I am still wondering what the carpet installer is going to think about it when I get to that point.
post #300 of 741
I love it! You'll have to let us know where we can get it when you do market it.
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