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Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by Paul D, Sep 14, 2001.

  1. Paul D

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    If anybody wishes any info on how i built my DIY home cinema, then just let me know.<br />Most of the pillars/cabinets are made from 18mm MDF(ten 8'x4' sheets in total).<br />The ceiling is a acoustic tile suspended frame type.<br />Carpet is very thick wilton, plus very thick 5 star underlay.<br />The pillars serve two purposes, one is to stop echoes the other to give a more cinema type look!.<br />The total cost to convert the room (excluding AV gear) was about £2500.<br />The room is being upgraded at the moment from LCD projection to CRT. I am also installing aircon.<br />Updated pics to appear soon.<br />Click link below for "Yahoo photos folder" for the complete build stages.
     
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    I take my hat off to you - that is a superbly thought out,top job.

    May be moving soon, so I may take you up on that offer of advice !!
     
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    How do you do those smooth vertical grooves on the pillars?

    Excellent room BTW!

    Mac.
     
  4. Paul D

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    The grooves in the pillars are made using a router, with a 1" round end bit. I used the routers adjustable side guide to make sure the lines stayed straight.
     
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    Excellent project fulabeer really really nice I'm looking to make an AV stand like your own, is it difficult to do & what grade MDF & tools are required?
     
  6. Paul D

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    I used 18mm standard MDF in 8'x4' sheets. I bought this from B&Q for about £12 a sheet(i think they now cost £10!).<br />I counter sunk all the screw holes, then used wood filler to hide them.<br />MDF is very easy to work with, but beware of the dust!.<br />Before painting MDF, rub it down with some fine sandpaper to give the paint something to key to etc.
     
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    Paul D

    I am full of admiration at what you have done. I am also scared at the sheer amount of work ahead for me.

    I hope I can pull off a fraction of what you have managed, well done. I think mine will be simpler. <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
     
  8. Paul D

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    Nic, with the fantastic image produced from your NEC PG9, i don't think you'll be worried about finishing your room!<br />Post some info/pics as soon as you have it installed.
     
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    Wow, fantastic!!<br /> <img src="eek.gif" border="0"> <br />Would you like a job?<br />Where did you house your sub?
     
  10. Paul D

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    I used twin "Jamo" subs! they are either side of the screen, at the bottom of the cabinets. I have had to turn them down as the front window has moved 3-4mm!. I will be getting new Double Glazing soon so i'm not too worried.
     
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    I am full of admiration !! Do u find the speaker boomy since it is housed in the MDF cabinet?
     
  12. Paul D

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    With the Subs giving sound below 80hz only, they are not boomy as the sound tends to be "felt" more than heard. Guests tend to ask how i "make the seats move like that!".<br />But i was intending to pack the space around the subs with sound absorbing material etc.
     
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    Excellent job Paul!!

    How long did it take you from start to finish?

    Ever thought of doing it for a living?

    regards
     
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    What was the most difficult/problematic part??

    The one that had you tearing your hair out & shouting at the missus´ <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

    cheers
     
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    From start to finish, it took about 12-15 weeks. But since then it's been an ongoing upgrade etc. I will be on my third projector soon!. The upgrades will be as follows:-

    SonyVW10HT to NECPG10/BarcoGraphics808s<br />Sony930 Amp to Denon 3802<br />Panny A360 DVD to Denon 2800

    With either a Quadscan Elite or Vigatec1280 scaler.

    All cash permitting!
     
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    Also where did you get the excellent side lights on the pillars
     
  18. Paul D

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    The most difficult part was getting the angles for the cornicing.

    The pillars are about forty inches apart.

    The wall lamps are from Gorse Mill factory lighting in Oldham.... near junction 21 of the M60. They normally cost about £85+vat each but they sell them for about £15+vat!
     
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    Gobsmacked! Iam now absolutely sick as a chip.I live local so going to ply you with lots of beer until you agree to do the same for me. Only joking! Hope everything goes well.
     
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  21. Paul D

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    The pillars are 8" wide x 5" deep.

    The pillars are not white by the way, they are painted Icestorm grey! (No6 "very light grey" in satin Gloss.)

    White gloss looked to "treacly/shiny".

    Ps Gorse Mill Factory Lighting is in Failsworth "near" Oldham.
     
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    Hi Paul,

    Sorry to dig up such an old thread, but after seeing your post in the screen forums, I was amazed to find that you haven't yet put a link to you cinema into the 'Members' Home Cinema Gallery' forum.

    It deserves to be there, to give inspiration and heart to other people that are just starting out on the DIY of their room.:smashin: It is an excellent room.

    Anyway, I was just wondering, how big the room is and how big the screen is?

    Thanks

    Ricky
     

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