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Ben's new cinema room....

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by benwillcox, Jul 14, 2005.

  1. sunama

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    Question: you are using chipboard for your floor. Can I ask why you chose chipboard and not say, proper floorboards? What type of flooring was in place previously?
     
  2. benwillcox

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    The floor in the room is concrete, and I'm only using the chipboard on the raised areas I've built, ie. the riser and stage. These raised parts sit directly on the concrete floor.
    It's standard flooring-grade chipboard as used in all new houses these days, its quick and easy to fit because it comes in large 2400x600 sheets that are tongue and grooved on all sides so you don't have to worry about joining the boards over a joist.

    Ben
     
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    I only just got into this thread and I must say, congrats!

    What about the games room? I know you aren't into videogames so is it going to be more of a pinball room?
     
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    Thanks! Ah yes the games room bit is getting a bit neglected at the moment. A shame, because there is not that much work to go into it compared with the cinema room, but I can't finish the ceiling until I replace the french doors, which I can't afford to do right now.
    But yes, I had planned to put my pinball machines in there, maybe a sofa, dart board etc. Even though I'm not really into video games I did build a mame cabinet, which will go in there.
    And a small bar area for the popcorn machine, beer fridge etc etc. I wonder if it will ever get finished!

    Ben
     
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    Just been flicking through this for the first time Ben.

    Must say I'm incredibly impressed.
    I only wish I had the space, money and the time to do something like this.

    I'm so very jealous, I hope you enjoy it :D
     
  6. benwillcox

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    Thanks Lewis!

    There's been a few weeks with no progress, but just the other day I got my Mark Grant VGA->RGBHV cables delivered! :thumbsup: There are 2 x 8m cables, so now I can put my computer in it's rack instead of jammed behind the seats!

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    Veeeery nice!

    I've run the cables in, and now I'm in the process of finishing all the other wiring in the rack. I'll post some pictures this week of the progress.
    To terminate the subwoofer cables I've made a couple of phono outlets using matt black blanking plates from the same range as the power sockets I'm using:

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    There are one of these each side of the back row of seats, so I can choose which side to put the subwoofer (or get another and have 2!) These connect back to a single blanking plate inside the rack with 2 x phono sockets, via CT100 coax cable.

    Ben
     
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    Keep these updates coming, I am looking forward to seeing the end result, keep um coming!
     
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    Looking forward to seeing the end result Ben:thumbsup:
     
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    Nice job on the plates.
     
  10. benwillcox

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    Cheers guys for the comments! :smashin:

    Ok, the rack is almost done!

    Fitted some architrave around the rack and aircon unit, and finished it off with a couple of coats of matt black. I thought I'd be clever and put masking tape around so I wouldn't have to cut in with the paintwork, but when I took the tape off it pulled some paint off the wall :suicide: so, I'll have to touch it up later.

    I've ordered a glass door to go on the rack but it's not ready yet. It's smoked, toughened 4mm glass, should finish it off nicely, I just hope it fits!

    Oh also I got sick of hearing my PC so I decided to make it a bit quieter. I discovered that the fan in the PSU sounded like a diesel engine, I think the bearings were broken, so I ripped it out and fitted a replacement that is MUCH quieter :smashin:
    And the CPU fan made a bit of a racket, so I ditched it and jammed in a 120mm fan instead, which is almost slient!! I'm sure the hardened case modders and overclockers here will die when they see this pic, but I've measured the CPU temp and all is OK as far as I can see even when thrashing the CPU!:smoke:

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    Here's some pics of the rack, minus glass door, before the rack mounted rack is fitted (!):
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    And a side view of the rack fully extended on its rails:
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    And a funky angle shot of the same:
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    I had a 6-way mains extension lead which fits perfectly in the back of the rack, once I moved the position of the cable entry:
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    So, once the gear is in, there is nice easy access to the back:
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    Bit messier when everything's connected though:
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    And here's what it looks like from the front, with the rack pushed fully in. In actual fact you can't see the insides of the rack cupboard because it's dark in there, but with the flash on the camera you can see everything :blush:
    [​IMG]

    Ben
     
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    I am sure the oc's will when they see it :D

    Looking good so far Ben, keep the pics coming :thumbsup:
     
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    First time i've seen this thread, although i've caught one or two of your posts over on the CRT side of things. Putting aside the money, ideas etc, i think you've shown that it takes an incredible amount of dedication to get to this stage. To keep up with a project that runs over this amount of time and to overcome each of the new problems that crop up as you progress, is often the thing that defeats a lot of people, but you've shown that it can be done. I look forward to seeing your progress in future.
     
  13. benwillcox

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    Thanks Gary. Yes, the project has taken a rather long time to get to this stage, and there have been times when I've wondered if it will ever end! But, all I can do is battle on... :D

    I've really been procrastinating about the columns, as I couldn't really picture how they would be constructed. But, I've now got around to building the rear ones :smashin:
    I wanted to make them as simple as possible, and decided on a lightweight frame that would be wrapped with speaker cloth. The frames would just sit in place in the corners of the room.

    I needed to make the bottom section out of something solid, as there needs to be something for the carpet to be fitted up to, and I need to mount the mains sockets and phono outlet for the sub:

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    The bases are just MDF screwed to 18x28mm battens and painted matt black. Forgot to clean the dust off the sockets before taking the pic!

    So, the rest of the column is constucted from the same battens, and just sits in place on the top of the base. A top section similar to the base was screwed to the shelf at the top, but the column is not attached to either the top or bottom. I think I will used some small magnet catches to hold the column frame in place. Of course, it still needs the speaker cloth, which will just be stapled to the frame. Oh and I made shelves for the rear speakers to sit on, from 18mm MDF.

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    And I painted the aircon unit matt black. It used to really stick out whilst watching a film as it was a big white box at the side of your view. But now you don't notice it! :thumbsup:

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    Ben
     
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    Skirting boards are now on.....

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    And the mdf shelf around the room has been painted (it still needs the edging trim putting on), and the window panel is now the same colour as the walls:

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    Next job is to build the columns etc for the screen wall.

    Ben
     
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    Awesome build mate:smashin:
     
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    Totally agree, it is looking amazing so far :cool:
    Keep up the good work.
     
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    This is the best home build i've ever seen, looks awesome mate
     
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    Be careful with that statement about not having to worry about joining the boards over a joist. Two large national house building companies now have two show houses with broken flooring covered with carpet ! I felt a bit of 'give' when I walked over the floor, so I 'bounced a little', not jumped, and crack, two broken floors. I am certainly not the heaviest person in the UK even if I do weigh 19 stone.
     
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    Any more pics??? Sooooo can't wait to see this finished.

    What date / time is your first showing and do we buy tickets at the door?? :D
     
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    Awww, shucks :blush: :D

    Cheers everyone for the comments!

    Yes, I have more photos!!
    Only a couple mind.... The door and skirting boards are now painted black...

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    It's now feeling as if it's getting close to completion! Next job is to get some trim on the wall to cap the top of the wall carpet, and stick the carpet on there.
     
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    Looking really good Ben, been following your thread for a while, just wish i had room to copy your equipment rack. :smashin:

    Blended CRT's would be nice too, but I don't think I've got the patience:rolleyes: Definitely not got the room.:D

    I put the skirting boards on in mine at the weekend, really makes a difference doesn't it.

    It can't be long now, have you decided on film for the opening night yet?
     
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    looking amazing mate,really is.There is so much to admire there but like 1 or 2 others My favourite is that recessed sliding rack,that just oozes class,coolness and lords it over everything else and that would take some doing cos everything is superb 2.:thumbsup:
     
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    Yes its all the trim like the skirting and architrave that really start to make it look like a proper room. Still haven't decided on a film for the opening night, although we have discussed it many times! It needs to be something that shows off the sound and the picture to it's best, so I've narrowed it down to anything at at least a 2.35:1 aspect ratio for starters so it fills the whole screen! I guess it will be some kind of action film, but still not sure...
     
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    Cheers Stel!

    Today my friend and I worked on the screen wall, building the columns and stuff.... Still need to build the shelves for the front speakers, and columns look a little wonky in the pics because they are not fastened in place properly yet. These will all be covered in acoustically transparent speaker cloth.
    The idea is that the screen curtains/masking will be mostly hidden behind the speaker columns, and as the curtains close the curtain fabric will slide out of the gap between the column and the screen:

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    Speaker stands are now built within the columns:
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    And the trim is now on the wall ready to be painted, then the carpet can go on the wall :smashin:
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    Absolutely bloody magnificent:eek:

    This is going to be one of the best we have had:cool:

    Everything looks so well thought out and professionally finished:thumbsup:
     
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    Really coming together now Ben, look forward to seeing the carpet go up. Looking very professional, its starting to look more like a screening room, especially with those seats.:)

    Keep the updates coming.:smashin:
     
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    BEN: I HATE YOU AND YOUR OH SO WONDERFUL CINEMA!!!!!!!!!:thumbsup:

    stunning simply stunning, very good work my man.
     
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    Hey folks, glad you're liking it so far! :thumbsup:

    So, today saw a trip to CarpetRight to buy 16 sq metres of their cheapest black cord carpet. We stuck this on the wall with the aid of some wallpaper paste (thanks to Gary Lightfoot for this idea!):

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    I think its really starting to come together now!! :smashin:
     
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    Very nice setup you have there:thumbsup:

    Really like the detail you put to things and I get a lot of inspiration from your work although a blended CRT solution will never find its place in my livingroom. The wife you know....:smashin:

    Keep up the good work:D
     

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