Groove's new lounge with floating wall build

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  1. diggler46

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    They're aesome, both looking and sounding....first time I demo'd wasn't too impressed with the centre, but demo'd elsewhere and along with the missus saying she loved em (and she doesn't like speakers) I was sold....

    Had them for aroudn 3 months now and love them. Not quite so good on music but I dont use the front room for music really......for movies they're astounding.....
     
  2. groove

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    Pretty much my sentiments exactly.......great choice.
     
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    Did this work out for you?

    I would really like these units but my Onkyo won't fit in the spaces provided.

    Regards

    Nige.
     
  4. tankrs

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    Hi nige,
    I would like to be able to give you an answer, but amp not arrived yet.
    If I get time tomorrow i`ll put one of the units together and give exact dimensions.

    Tankrs
     
  5. nbaker

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    That would be great thanks :smashin:

     
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    :hiya: Hi Nige,
    just measured draw space on units.
    internal sizes are W54.5cm x H19.5cm x D58cm.
    As some one has posted b4 draw centre divide is only finished on lead edge, sides are unfinished.
    I am planning to cover sides with a beech colour fablon (if i can find some).
    Not very professional I know, but you shouldn`t notice with amp in place.
    Hope this helps

    Tankers
     
  7. alchemistkevin

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    Faaaaantastic build!

    GR8 stuff :)
     
  8. nbaker

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    Thanks for that Tankers :thumbsup:

    Think I will go for 2 of these then. Just sent back 2 Argos Colorado units as quality was carp.

    Regards

    Nige.

     
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    Hi Groove,
    After about two months of having my floating wall up, i have a big crack going through the joint. I used the same filler as you have. Any ideas why the crack has appeared (weight of the screen, filler to hard / soft)? Any advice?
     
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    Also, how much space did you leave after the joint before you screwed the mdf in?
     
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    Hi everybody, I'm new round these parts.

    Groove, just wanted to say what a fantastic build. I've looked at it longingly for the last two months and decided that I'm going to give something similar, on a slightly smaller scale, a go in our new lounge.

    Having had a quote from a well-known furniture designer for £2,500+ just for the woodwork :eek:, I figure I've got to be able to do a half decent job for a tenth of the price. Not as good as yours, but... :)

    Hopefully I'll keep things updated on here and let you all know how I get on.

    Well done again. It looks absolutely amazing.
     
  12. nbaker

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    Thats not good:thumbsdow.

    I did think P38 was a strange choice myself so I used Ronseal multi purpose wood filler which is flexible and resists cracking:
    http://www.ronseal.co.uk/products/product.jsp?id=50

     
  13. nbaker

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    Hi there :hiya:

    £2,500 is a ridiculous amount, was that for a floating wall type build?

    I say go for it yourself, it is pretty easy to do just read as much about it as possible and ask questions on these forums if needed.

    I found this thread & Sworralls thread very helpful
    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=734383

    Regards

    Nigel.

     
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    Nigel

    Yes, that was for a floating wall build with cabinets out the front. Like Groove's but not as wide. And I was hoping to conceal shelves down each side to put DVDs on. Have drawn it up front-on. Think the next step would be to get actual dimensions of timber and see what would and wouldn't fit where. It's still very conceptual at the mo.

    My current plan is:
    42" screen mounted to the wall, shelves left and right for DVDs, three shelves beneath the screen and cupboards either side of the shelves. I'd also thought of hiding the sub in one of the cupboards, cutting out the side of the cupboard (it would be pointing towards a wall so you wouldn't immediately see it) and covering it with acoustic cloth to hide the sub.

    Hopefully I'll give it a go. Otherwise it's an off-the-shelf TV stand, which is not ideal. I've always wanted a TV on the wall!

    Thanks for the advice.
     
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    You don't need a floating wall to put the tv on the wall though.....

    What Groove's done is fantastic, but if you don't have the time or the money there are alternatives. Here's mine, cables channelled out etc.....took me about an hour to chisel out, pasterer 10 mins to hide and then another day to decorate......

    [​IMG]
     
  16. DomWint79

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    Fair point, Diggler. Believe me, I'm considering every option. :)

    Your solution would make sense as we're having the whole room skimmed anyway.
     
  17. diggler46

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    then just get some units like groove has, I would of loved some low down units but my room isnt wide enough to pull it off
     
  18. tmurphy

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    Groove (or anybody who may know!)

    What model wall hanging bracket did you use? I've been looking for one like that for a while, all the generic one's I've seen are quite wide.

    Regards

    Tony
     
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    I asked Groove a while back in this thread, here is his answer:
    "The mounting is a universal one I got from AVSales when i bought my previous Panny PWHD8. Nothing special , but it supports 50" screens and fits the Pioneer ( with a little modification on 2 bolt holes ) so didnt see the need to change it. "

     
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    I did look through the thread honest !!!

    May be something to do with looking through some of the multi-thousand post Plasmas screen threads that's done my eyesight in!!!!

    Thanks for the information.

    Tony.
     
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    Just caght this build!

    Is absolutely awesome!

    What amp and speakers do you have, also what dvd! As they seem to run perfectly with that TV!
     
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    it is a great looking lounge.
    i myself am in the process of starting mine but going to ask a few things first on the forum and friends.
    computers is my area and have not done some diy work in a while.
    would i have to bolt my bracket on the wood frame or could i just bolt it on the wall and put up the mdf on the frame and then the plasma?
    would there be enough space doing it that way??
     
  23. nbaker

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    I dont think there would be enough space doing it that way, take a look of the side view.

    Of course you could mount it on the wall and go for the recessed look but that would be much harder to do imo.

    Regards

    Nige.

     
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    Groove; you da man...

    I've been getting inspiration from a lot of hard-working guys on this forum for a while and I know you're not the first to build a floating wall setup, but I'm basing my upcoming one on yours 'cause it just looks proportionally right. I've seen a few that seem too tall or too skinny for the display but yours seems spot on.

    I'm about four or five weeks from moving into my "this is my last place before retiring to Malta when I'm 70" house (I'm 33 now) and while I have cables chased into the wall and up to the ceiling where I'm hopefully putting a panny2000 projector, I've nothing else yet done.

    Mrs edza wants the first DIY project of mine to be a walk-in wardrobe to house her Emelda Marcus shoe collection so I'll have to bang that together before I start.....but when I start :) .....

    I've got two HDMI, one component, a VGA and an S-Vid cable going from the socket under my eventual screen to a brush plate in the ceiling and a usb coming up to the top of the front wall. I'm hoping to put a webcam a bit above the top of the screen looking down at the couch so I can Skype family and friends on the 102" home made screen I intend to make.

    My one question is : would I be able to put the webcam there or would the glare of the projector be too much for the webcams picture to be in any way good? Anyone with a projector setup that can tell me before I start chasing the usb cable up the wall, I'd be forever in your intergoogleweb debt :thumbsup:
     
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    Hi Groove,
    I have basically copied your floating wall but only 2 units wide instead of 3 (Thanks for the inspiration). My question is about the PS3, since putting it in unit the fan goes max out after about 15mins, does yours? and if it does have you done anything to help the airflow?

    Regards
    Neil
     
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    Hey guys , as usual thanks for al the comments , and again apologies for not replying sooner.....ill try and answer as many as I can

    creative/nbaker - No i dont have any cracks in mine , although the mdf is not actually supporting the screen at all , its cut around it , hence its only supporting the weight of itself. Did you give the joining edges a good chamfer ? I about a 3mm 45degree chamfer along the length of every board join on both pieces. This left quite a large v shaped channel to fill , but gives it a good chance to really 'grip' into the MDF. Built it up over about 3 'fills' sanding between each one. Then pleny of countersunk screws the length of the join , again filled with P38.
    I got the P38 tip from some decorators and Speaker cabinet makers. Its actually quite widely used in woodwork due to its resistance to shrinking (and normally cracking )


    Donwint70 - £2500 !! blimey , maybe i should give up the dayjob :eek: Id be interested to hear you final plan and see your results mate...keep us updated.


    philbaldwin - The amp is a Yamaha AX750SE , and the DVD player was a pinoeer DV600 , but ive got rid of it now as ive built a nice media centre in a custom case running Vista MCE and MyMovies so I just didnt need yet another device to play DVD's. I must update my pictures as the white 360 also died and was replaced by an Elite , so im gradually matching all the components in colour....just the Amp and the Wii to go ( come on Nintendo release a black wii !!! )

    ncarnall - Cant say i have noticed the PS3 fans all that much tbh , but after being used to the 360's fans/disk noise anything would seem quiet ! Ill keep an ear out for it next time I find something on the PS3 to play :rolleyes:

    Oh and got to say special thanks to Nige for answering all these questions when im not around...he's like the second authority on my build ! cheers fella :clap:
     
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    Hi Groove, you can get a Black case for the Wii :smashin:

    Tony
     
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    ooooh...what a third party one ?

    Bettter start googling :thumbsup:
     
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    Hi Groove, first up i know so many people have said this before but wow you did a really awesome job, the pictures and step by step progress reports make it seem both alot of work but also not as scary as i would imagine.

    I have a few questions as i am thinking of blatently copying you. :) First my budget wont cover a new carpet so was wondering if you would recommend keeping the floating wall above the carpet level or cut out so the MDF is against the floor boards. Second not sure if this has been asked before and i missed it but how far out does the wall come, and would you recommend this distance?

    Thanks
    Chris
     

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