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Got about 75% of my wall panel frames built and test fitted over the three day weekend (temporarily hung with a few drywall screws to test the fit and spacing between panels). Still need to create three more on the back wall, do the wall with the door to the closet, and then all the bottom panels, but not sure how high the carpet and pad will be, so hesitant to build those - although the bottom will be covered with molding, so maybe I don't need to worry, just make them a little short.
 

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Nice work! I got a couple more of my panels covered yesterday ;)

Are you doing anything special to build the panels? Are you just gluing and screwing?

It looks like you might be using ply that has been ripped down?

Cheers,
Simon
Thanks Simon - yes, I used 1/2" plywood ripped into strips. I used it first to create furring strips on the walls, liquid nailed and drywall screwed to the walls. Then two layers of plywood to make the frames - lap joints, brad nails, and liquid nails. I was originally thinking about making all the panels removable, using speaker grill ball/socket connectors - that's why the furring strips actually, so the sockets could be emdedded there - but now, hmm, not sure - would be nice to have them removable, but concerned about possible rattles or the wood warps and they start popping out. So I can either stay with those as planned, or use industrial velcro, or a combination, or just fire nails in and attach them permanently. Would be nice to have the option to be able to tweak the treatments after the fact.

I keep staring at your columns. They are going to be AWESOME!:flex:
Thanks Greg! Still undecided on fabric for the sides - looking at faux suedes, faux leathers, or ??? Fabric shopping is a pain.
 

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Thanks Simon - yes, I used 1/2" plywood ripped into strips. I used it first to create furring strips on the walls, liquid nailed and drywall screwed to the walls. Then two layers of plywood to make the frames - lap joints, brad nails, and liquid nails. I was originally thinking about making all the panels removable, using speaker grill ball/socket connectors - that's why the furring strips actually, so the sockets could be emdedded there - but now, hmm, not sure - would be nice to have them removable, but concerned about possible rattles or the wood warps and they start popping out. So I can either stay with those as planned, or use industrial velcro, or a combination, or just fire nails in and attach them permanently. Would be nice to have the option to be able to tweak the treatments after the fact.
You should be pretty right with ply. I wouldn't expect it to warp at all, especially if it's in a room that will have a pretty consistent temperature.

I've been surprised how well friction fit has gone with my panels. I have velcro there if I need it though.

A suede would look magic, but wouldn't that reflect too much of the high frequencies?

Cheers,
Simon
 

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Looks great. Any more photos?
 

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LOL, thanks guys, I will post some new pics tonight. :rofl2: Unfortunately, until I get the fabric up on the panels, its not too exciting - the panels follow the lines of the furring strips, so probably doesn't look too different than just the furring unless you look carefully. But, 9 sheets of plywood later, I assure you its there!
 

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LOL, thanks guys, I will post some new pics tonight. :rofl2: Unfortunately, until I get the fabric up on the panels, its not too exciting - the panels follow the lines of the furring strips, so probably doesn't look too different than just the furring unless you look carefully. But, 9 sheets of plywood later, I assure you its there!
Pictures, Pictures, Pictures.

Then again I'm the guy taking pictures of my step by step building of speaker stands.
 

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Here are some pictures of the fabric frames as they stand (test fitted, but still need fine tuning on size, routing, and sanding). Note that the panels generally run the full width between columns, but the center braces make them look like smaller panels.

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front:



left:



right:



The panel for the Grafik Eye was a little tricky:



Wasn't sure what to do with the entry door frame - decided to mount a sheet (will be covered with black fabric) within the door frame, and flush mount the panels against the edge. If it turns out OK, I'll skip adding trim.



The closet door frame had to be handled a bit differently - I ran the furring (and will run the panels) up to the door frame, and will add an MDF strip to extend the door frame up to the panels.



not done with bottom panels (will add after carpet goes in, so I get the height right - or I guess I can do sooner, and leave it high, since I will need to add baseboard anyway):



A couple color schemes I'm considering - tan scheme, which is my front runner:



rust/red color scheme, which I also like - but I've seen so many red theaters, I think I'd prefer to have something different:



Testing to see if flash shows OC 703 / wood through fabric (Duvetyn) - doesn't appear to:



some GoM samples I'm considering (all are lighter than reality due to flash):



I would love to find a FR fabric GoM alternative in a similar color, but having a hard time coming up with on. Just really not looking forward to shelling out $1000 on fabric.
 

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How are you hiding your staples or are you putting up trim strips?
The column sides will have staples on the back, and on the inside edge, which will be covered by the face frames when installed. The face frames will be stapled on the back of the frame, and then reattached. The soffit will have fabric stapled to the inside edge of the tray, and onto a furring strip at the back edge of the soffit / wall junction - when the top panel is installed, it will hide that strip and staples. The wall panels will all be wrapped first and stapled on the back, then attached. So I think I have them all covered. That said, I may add trim - definitely will need baseboards (will be black) and maybe crown (also black).

All the panels will be wrapped with staples on the back side, and then attached. The panels will hide the staples on the

And wow...that is some nice carpentry work. Bravo. I'm impressed!:clap:
Thanks Greg - by far the biggest construction / woodworking project I've ever taken on. Every step of the project seems to be a leap of faith.

Ordered 30 yards of Commando Cloth for the soffit - hope the vendor works out, best price I could find, but the web site experience did give me pause.
 

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I received a request for some pictures of the panels, so here are a few more showing how I made mine. They aren't perfect by any means - cheap plywood had some voids that caused a little tear out here and there when routing, but hopefully the fabric will cure all defects.

Wall segment chock full of panels (well almost - haven't done the bottom part where it will meet the carpet, since not 100% sure on the height of the carpet and pad). Vertical bracing and shelf is where the column mounts, I took the columns down to prep them for fabric.



Where two of the panels meet up with the rear column - 1/8" space between panels, and between the panels and column sides, to allow for fabric on both. To install the speaker pluggies, I temporarily screwed the panels in place with drywall screws (into furring), then drilled a 1/8" bit through the panel and furring strip. Then removed the panel, and drilled the holes for the ball and socket using those pilot holes, and inserted them. The fabric will of course cover the pilot holes and drywall screw holes.



The same junction, with the panel removed. The staples for the fabric that covers the column sides will be hidden by the edge of the wall panels. You can see here the drywall screws that held the furring strips in place while the liquid nails dried, and the socket for one of the ball and socket guides.



That panel removed, showing the ball part of the grill guides, and the corner lap joints.



Closeup of the lap joint, brad nails, some liquid nails squeeze out, and the ball of the grill guide.



Flip side of the corner - I used a 3/8" roundover - thought about going a little bigger, but router bits aren't cheap, so I decided I like it this way. :)



Cross brace on the back of the panel - I didn't double up the cross braces to meet the face like I did everywhere else, so as to avoid any possibility of the bump showing through the fabric.



Where the edge of the panels meets the side column. The 2x2 framing of the column slips into this channel - it is held in place by 10 or so long drywall screws through the column sides into the vertical bracing. The screws will be covered by the wall panels.



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Commando Cloth is supposed to arrive tomorrow, if FedEx tracking is to be believed - hopefully I can start my adventure in stapling (soffit covering) this weekend!
 

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Commando Cloth is supposed to arrive tomorrow, if FedEx tracking is to be believed - hopefully I can start my adventure in stapling (soffit covering) this weekend!
Nice work :T

Hope you have an electric or air stapler ;). I think i'm up to about 6500 staples so far and you've got twice the number of panels that I have.

Cheers,
Simon
 
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