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post #91 of 163 Old 06-12-2015, 07:43 PM
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WOW loving that bar!! Looks incredible, with the attention to detail. For what it's worth, I'm in the 16:9 camp...zooming down to scope when needed. I just like all that real estate...sorry. (Especially when the majority of your viewing needs are taking you down that road, anyways...)

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Just caught up with your thread. Looking great!

I'm most likely going to go with 16:9 screen for my theater. I realize it isn't traditional, but if you are limiting your width to a number, and have the height, I think you should go for the most screen space you can. Have you considered an auto-masking solution?
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Hey mtmd, I'm also in the same boat and I just purchased the 126"D Falcon as well this weekend. I'm expecting a 50/40/10 mix of movies, games, and t.v..
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Well, been a while.

Slowly but methodically chipping away at it. And by 'it' I mean the entire basement.

Here is a look at some game room and bar progress. Installing the maple bar top. Doing MDF for a 'wall paneled' wainscoting. A peak into the theater.

Next is starting to hook up speakers to transfer box and then to AVR.

Smaller transfer box for HDMIs. Taking 'zone two' out of the AVR and splitting it to the small monitor over the equipment rack in the HT (see next pic), one to the TV int he game room and one to the tv at the bar.

Rack coming together. Nothing fancy and don't have the amp in yet. Need to do some fabric touch ups but I am very impressed with the fabric mate system.

And finally, have the Falcon Screens 120" 2.35:1 in place. Wow is all I can say. Also have the Panasonic projector in too. And yes, I've sat on the bare plywood riser in my beach chair and watched some F1 races and a movie or two.... but progress is still happening!
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Between the HT and the bar it's a bit of a toss up of which I am more proud.

The HT is so beautifully functional, even before the carpet is in (next week) and the seating is in (ordered), and so the technological aspect as well as the design aesthetic..... I dig it. The bar, while not quite as techy, is just a nice 'old school' type of wood working project.... and it evokes for me a little German gasthaus... I'm diggin it too. Even before the back bar is finished. Hope you like them too.

The maple bar top and the walnut bar rail and drink edge are just tung oiled, while the red oak bar front and side are stained with a golden oak from minwax.

The copper veneer for the counter top was a pain to install but I love the look. I did an epoxy poor over it and it is now protected and as tough as nails. The 'Lowe's special' cabinets are oak stained in a red oak by minwax.

Still some detail work to do.
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And lastly for now, onto some other aspects.

Flooring in the hobby room is just a cork laminate. My first floor. Was interesting. I'm having the wood laminate in the game room and the slate tile in the bar being done by a pro. I'm off flooring.

Also got the mdf wainscoting primed and playing with some color ideas. Two shades of brown for the wainscoting and trying for 'not too dark' green or blue for the upper.

Also the mantel that I made for the FP is 3/4 MDF and misc trim.
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"watched some F1 races and a movie or two.... but progress is still happening"
Careful, that's how I lost six months
Now I've got my theater pulled apart to do all the acoustic treatments and I miss my movie watching cave...


Looks like great progress, excellent work!
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This is all so beautiful! Really great work man! Your entire space is just wonderfully laid out and that BAR Kicks all forms of ASS! Wow just Wow!

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"watched some F1 races and a movie or two.... but progress is still happening"
Careful, that's how I lost six months
Now I've got my theater pulled apart to do all the acoustic treatments and I miss my movie watching cave...


Looks like great progress, excellent work!
It is easy to lose time to plopping down and turning on the DVD player.

Seeing other people's HTs on here for the last few years I thought, "I can try to emulate that, but I'll never have something that cool".... and now I find that mine just blows me away. And that is with a lawn chair on the plywood and no calibration to speak of.
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This is all so beautiful! Really great work man! Your entire space is just wonderfully laid out and that BAR Kicks all forms of ASS! Wow just Wow!
Thanks for the compliment. I feel like the layout of the basement just kind of flowed together. The blessing of a full unfinished basement with 9 foot ceilings and minimal overhead crap to soffit in.

Most all of this I'm doing for the first time and so it's at times a frustrating learning curve, but the satisfaction more than makes up for it. And since I've designed it to be a great social space, getting to share it with others will be the icing on the cake.


Many kudos to Brian's Bar Build for the inspiration and some great design ideas. I had no idea I would end up with something looking as great as I've got when this was just masking tape lines on the floor (see previous post).
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Your space is looking great!

Did you do all the woodworking on the bar? If so, how'd you create that look? I need to redo my bar and create a lally pole back bar in the "theater" part of the basement that will match.

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Your space is looking great!

Did you do all the woodworking on the bar? If so, how'd you create that look? I need to redo my bar and create a lally pole back bar in the "theater" part of the basement that will match.
So here is the evolution of the bar.

Started out as masking tape on the floor. Eight feet long and four on the side.
Framed in 2x4s secured to wall and braced to floor.
Covered in 3/4 MDF.
1x4 red oak rails and stiles and an oak veneer in the middle.
With bolection molding in. Bar top in place, no finish. Maple and walnut.
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Mtmd... Would you happen to have any detail/ skeleton pics of your bar attaching to your riser in progress? Curious as to your dimensions of the riser as well. I have a similar size room in the planning stages. Keep up the great work. I'm following along with eyes wide open.
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Mtmd... Would you happen to have any detail/ skeleton pics of your bar attaching to your riser in progress? Curious as to your dimensions of the riser as well. I have a similar size room in the planning stages. Keep up the great work. I'm following along with eyes wide open.
So the basics are just a 2x4 base covered in 3/4 MDF and painted (still need to do some touch-up/filling for the paint).

The 2x4 framing is attached to the riser and so the whole thing is pretty sturdy.

"Bar top" is a copper veneer over 3/4 MDF and then an epoxy poured over that.

Unfortunately I don't have a lot of pics of that bit of the build.

For some more informative pictures, look at the Merimont Trace HT... that is where I got the basic design for the 'bar' behind the riser, although there are other examples of it elsewhere too.
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So the basics are just a 2x4 base covered in 3/4 MDF and painted (still need to do some touch-up/filling for the paint).

The 2x4 framing is attached to the riser and so the whole thing is pretty sturdy.

"Bar top" is a copper veneer over 3/4 MDF and then an epoxy poured over that.

Unfortunately I don't have a lot of pics of that bit of the build.

For some more informative pictures, look at the Merimont Trace HT... that is where I got the basic design for the 'bar' behind the riser, although there are other examples of it elsewhere too.
Thank you so much. The middle pic is exactly what I was after. Were you going to do another step on the front face of your riser for people scooting around the front row at the wall area? I'm planning on doing a BigmouthinDC, Biga$$ step for my riser at that corner.
Thanks again, your room is very cool.
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Thank you so much. The middle pic is exactly what I was after. Were you going to do another step on the front face of your riser for people scooting around the front row at the wall area? I'm planning on doing a BigmouthinDC, Biga$$ step for my riser at that corner.
Thanks again, your room is very cool.
The step that is visible is the only one. The 'front row' of seats on the floor is wide enough to preclude a second step against the wall.
It's unfortunate that someone will have to walk in front of a seat or two in order to get tot he middle and last seat... but if they aren't reclined al the way, there should be plenty of room. If the seats re reclined..... oh well.

It's a bit of a narrow room, about 12', so to have a row of 3 seats and adequate isle.... it is a bit limiting.
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Thanks for the reply. Any new progress pics?
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Carpet going into the HT.

Carpet is the Nostalgia by Kane. Color is Bedtime Story (how appropos).

First pic is the HT bar/third row of seats, the top is now installed (copper veneer over MDF, covered in epoxy) and just needing a touch of paint on the casing and the nail holes.

Forward facing.

Rear, showing riser.

Riser edge with aisle and step lights.

Carpet detail. Every 2 inches a tuft of color, and the gold and red really stand out. So far, I love it.

I have my Palliser seats ordered from the theaterseatstore.com.
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Next up is some 'behind the scenes'.

Rear of rack. Seems pretty simple and straight forward compared to so many others on here. Once I get a new Preamp and get the Emotiva hooked up it will be a bit more 'interesting'.

HDMI splitter on wall and the outputs to the main projector (red cable) and then the TVs in the Game Room and Bar. The cable going 'up' the wall feeds the small monitor above the rack in the HT (see previous post, rear-facing pic).

Inside of the HDMI box. Also have cat5 to pull through.

When Comcast came to hook up the new coaxial run, I had the main going from the outside of the house to the 'Main' and into the cable box. I ran cables fromo the closet to the TVs in the GR and Bar for a bit of future proofing and being able, not that I want to, to have a cable box for each TV as well as HT.
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Mtmd... Would you happen to have any detail/ skeleton pics of your bar attaching to your riser in progress? Curious as to your dimensions of the riser as well. I have a similar size room in the planning stages. Keep up the great work. I'm following along with eyes wide open.
Sorry, just realized that you asked dimensions as well.

The riser is about 92 wide (to accommodate a straight row of three Palliser blade chairs) and 76 or so deep (to accommodate chairs reclined out.
Given the somewhat narrow room (12 ft) I didn't have the width to have access to the riser from both sides, and due to needing some empty space at the back of the room (access to the storage area on other side of HT.... going to fill this with a Darth Vader costume and a Star Trek TOS costume) I couldn't make the riser any deeper... so when the seats are reclined... the folks are going to be a bit 'trapped'.... but i figure they won't mind when they are being blown away by the performance of the HT itself!

Close up of upper aspect of HT 'bar'. I guess I did 3/4" MDF on the front of it and 1/2" on the back.... don't remember why. That outlet box has just a cover on it now. I put it in to be able to run a rope light under the bar in the future.

Riser fitting. It is 2x12 edges with 2x10 interior joists. Double 3/4" plywood glued and screwed with some roofing felt between.

Filled and wired and hot to trot. Thing is as solid as a mofo.

The copper veneer for the bar top. About as thick as a piece of tinfoil folded 5 times. Easy to work with. Contact cement to adhere to the 3/4" MDF top and then did the epoxy poor over that. Tough as nails.
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Speaking of the 'costumes' to fill a bit of the back of the room.....

I had about as much fun unwrapping these as a kid on Christmas morning, and then setting them up on the mannequins.

Speaking of Christmas morning... it's been a kind of Christmas in October what with all the furniture for the upstairs guest bedrooms getting finished and furnished, as wella s the stuff for the HT, the fireplace room, the bar... with a wee bit for the bathroom too.

Can't wait till it's all done.
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And finally... a few other updates.

Cork flooring in the hobby room (this is the only flooring I did myself) and baseboard in. Ready for sanding and painting. Then I can start building the bench/work table and some shelving for projects, then on the layout itslef.... man, it truly is never ending.

This is from the back corner. Showing bar counter/cabinets into the fireplace room.

Standing at the door into the HT, facing FP room, bar, etc.

Started on the back bar. Warsteiner mirror in for 'fit'. Lots of trim and detail work, then stain it 'golden oak' to match the front and side of the bar. This is the last 'big' project. After the flooring and painting are done, time for baseboard and that's all she wrote... furniture and decoration time.
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WOW loving that bar!! Looks incredible, with the attention to detail. For what it's worth, I'm in the 16:9 camp...zooming down to scope when needed. I just like all that real estate...sorry. (Especially when the majority of your viewing needs are taking you down that road, anyways...)
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Just caught up with your thread. Looking great!

I'm most likely going to go with 16:9 screen for my theater. I realize it isn't traditional, but if you are limiting your width to a number, and have the height, I think you should go for the most screen space you can. Have you considered an auto-masking solution?
I hear ya.

In the end I went with the 2.35:1 screen.... and after admittedly scant experience... I love it. I find the 16:9 plenty big, and the movies in scope simply amazing.

Not that it should count for much... but when you walk in and see the screen, in that scope ratio, going from wall-to-wall.... it makes an impression.
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A few random comments.

Life size Darth Vader; absolutely cool. With the new movie coming out the Star Wars memorabilia available is mind boggling. My wife just bought a Darth Vader head toaster and a Millennium Falcon blue-tooth speaker.

Isn't there some intergalactic law prohibiting the display of both Star Wars and Star Trek collectibles in the same place at the same time?

Rick and Morty: not your typical big screen reference material, but worthy of such a grand display all the same.

And oh ya, your theater is looking phenomenal!
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Sorry, just realized that you asked dimensions as well.

The riser is about 92 wide (to accommodate a straight row of three Palliser blade chairs) and 76 or so deep (to accommodate chairs reclined out.
Given the somewhat narrow room (12 ft) I didn't have the width to have access to the riser from both sides, and due to needing some empty space at the back of the room (access to the storage area on other side of HT.... going to fill this with a Darth Vader costume and a Star Trek TOS costume) I couldn't make the riser any deeper... so when the seats are reclined... the folks are going to be a bit 'trapped'.... but i figure they won't mind when they are being blown away by the performance of the HT itself!

Close up of upper aspect of HT 'bar'. I guess I did 3/4" MDF on the front of it and 1/2" on the back.... don't remember why. That outlet box has just a cover on it now. I put it in to be able to run a rope light under the bar in the future.

Riser fitting. It is 2x12 edges with 2x10 interior joists. Double 3/4" plywood glued and screwed with some roofing felt between.

Filled and wired and hot to trot. Thing is as solid as a mofo.

The copper veneer for the bar top. About as thick as a piece of tinfoil folded 5 times. Easy to work with. Contact cement to adhere to the 3/4" MDF top and then did the epoxy poor over that. Tough as nails.
Wow! The carpet really warms up that room. Great choice! Thanks for those pics/ dimensions you posted. This will help me a great deal. For the record I just pulled the trigger on some Polk Audio towers lol. Saw yours peeking under the screen. Looks like you are nearing the finish line soon.
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Very nice job on the theater, looks sweet!!

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A few random comments.

Life size Darth Vader; absolutely cool. With the new movie coming out the Star Wars memorabilia available is mind boggling. My wife just bought a Darth Vader head toaster and a Millennium Falcon blue-tooth speaker.

Isn't there some intergalactic law prohibiting the display of both Star Wars and Star Trek collectibles in the same place at the same time?

Rick and Morty: not your typical big screen reference material, but worthy of such a grand display all the same.

And oh ya, your theater is looking phenomenal!
For as long as I"ve wanted a HT I've thought of collecting props and or costumes.
For now, I'm just using some 'costume' pieces... but I love the way they look. And I think it will just adds a bit of 'wow, interesting' to the room.

Seeing as how I grew up watching TOS with my dad and then having Star Wars arrive when I was 7... I feel allegiance to both.

Rick and Morty is too awesome to not throw up on the big screen! It looks and sounds great.
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Wow! The carpet really warms up that room. Great choice! Thanks for those pics/ dimensions you posted. This will help me a great deal. For the record I just pulled the trigger on some Polk Audio towers lol. Saw yours peeking under the screen. Looks like you are nearing the finish line soon.
I'm very pleased with how the carpet looks. Talk about not eing able to 'see' it until it is all in place!

I love the Polk speakers. I think they re a great intersection between price and sound quality. To my non-audiophile ears, they sound amazing.

For the HT, as soon as I thrown some black GOM around the screen and get my Palliser seats, it's a done deal.
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