It's time for a quick update. Got a few things done over the past three weeks. Here are some pics and explanations:
I was so happy to find a distributor for OC703 just 30 minutes away, so I went to pick it all up with my trusty trailer. (Sorry bpape
We started the star ceiling... it's so much work. I was very inspired by (and have copied) Moggie's design but toned it way down cuz his workmanship is outstanding. I am doing two 4x8 panels of stars. It will be the Northern sky. We projected half of a star map on one and half on the other and since we have four sizes of stars we marked up the MDF for the various sizes of fiber. Thanks Mikey for all your help here!
I bought this unit from AliExpress, comes with 400 stars and twinkle mode and DMX control (I'll be controlling all the lights from Control4).
Then I had to figure out a rail system to suspend the panels. I found some pocket door rails and decided to cut them up into 4-inch pieces using a grinder. Then the accident happened. While getting the grinder ready (didn't even cut anything yet), I somehow managed to cut my thumb on the grinder. 13 hours and a tetanus shot in the hospital later, and they did this mess:
I'll spare you the before photo, but it was pretty gross.
I've ordered all the LED lighting and DMX control systems for the theater, they started to arrive here and there this week:
Once my thumb had healed a bit, I got back to the panels. Here's my daughter Syd helping me paint them. They will eventually be covered in black FR701 GoM.
The carpet guys came this week too, here's what it looks like:
We ended up choosing a very black carpet. It's nice and soft. The patterns were just too expensive, couldn't justify the expense.
Here's a star ceiling panel with the rails screwed on. Found a much better way to cut the 4 inch pieces with a big grinder-type cutting blade on my 10" miter saw.
And today, I finished gluing 2" OC703 to the front wall and Sydney and I did the bass traps yesterday:
As you can see, we also painted the room black just to have a good background to work with.
We've ordered all the GoM, it's arriving on Tuesday. My girlfriend's work actually has True Textiles as a supplier, so we were able to source fabric directly which is awesome.
Next steps are to finish the star ceiling panels (which is a huge job but it's coming along), and then do GoM on the screen wall. Then we start making panels and doing lighting.
Oh and we've decided to go with a 150" AT screen. I got my hands on a projector and tested it out. 150" is perfect for the back row, but is quite big for the front row. I'll just zoom it smaller if the front row watchers find it too big. Often, it'll just be the girlfriend and I watching from the back row, so 150" will be awesome. Will need to order the material from SeymourAV soon.
I need to order these soon too (Diesel XS950 because they are not wide -- my riser is really small):
That's all for now, chugging along!