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Author:  doublehelix [ Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:11 am ]
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Thanks Gash!


Had a long weekend of commitments that didn't give me any time to spend in the studio. Live gigs on Friday and Saturday, lots of other special events and out of town family visitors...


I have started on the corner traps, and have them framed in, but I ran out of rigid fiberglass, so I need to pick up another load next week. I am out of town for a few days, so the serious work won't start until the weekend unfortunately.


Here you can see how far I got with the fiberglass before I ran out!

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On another note, I got the first of two oriental rugs for the live room, along with the carpet pad underneath. We then had to move my son's drum set in to check it out!

The LENRDs that you see on the side walls will go away once I get the acoustic treatment complete... They are just there to help out a bit in the mean time.

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I also bought all the materials to start on my ceiling cloud for the drum area. I had to get prime grade wood since it will be exposed (Ouch! $$$$$!!!), along with all of the hardware and screws. Next week, I will pick up the fiberglass as mentioned above, plus all of the fabric for the acoustic treatment and the cloud.

Author:  Lou [ Mon Jul 21, 2008 4:58 pm ]
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Now that's a rug!! :D :D

Looking great James - Have a safe trip.

Regards,

Lou. 8)

Author:  doublehelix [ Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:32 pm ]
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Lou wrote:
Now that's a rug!! :D :D




Haha! Yeah, and I have its matching partner on order as well! Crazy, eh? Nothing wild like the orange couch I have seen in someone's studio!!! ;) I am just plain, ol' boring James, hiding in his little Hobbit hole! ;)




Lou wrote:
Looking great James - Have a safe trip.




Thanks my friend! I will!

Author:  gareth.h.rees [ Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:11 pm ]
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Looking amazing DH! I've been quietly following your build too and its just fantastic!

You have so much space, but with the colours achieved a nice intimate vibe - looks just right :D

Some nice looking gear you have there too! It puts me in my place when you've got 20/20's as your live room playbacks and I'm using them for my mains :oops: :D

Loving the work, its a beautiful place and I'm sure you'll knock out some great records in the near future!

Gareth

Author:  BradJacob [ Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:03 am ]
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Ha! I just got myself a new rug for my drums to sit on. Now that's a decision! James - looks like you'll be done fairly soon? Any eta on the grand opening?

Author:  doublehelix [ Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:17 pm ]
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Hey Brad! Long time no see!!! No ETA on the "grand opening", but I am hoping within a few weeks. I am going on a week's holiday here in a few days, so nothing will happen during that time...

Here is the weekend update from this past weekend. It seemed like we worked pretty hard, and spent many long hours toiling away, but the ultimate progress was a bit less than I had hoped for.

Most of the time was spent working on my ceiling cloud to go over the drums. It some ways, the cloud is really just three bass traps that are hung on the ceiling, but they were a lot of work nonetheless. I am not much of a carpenter, and detail work like this takes me forever to fix all my mistakes with tons of wood putty, and LOTS of sanding! I sanded these puppies for hours!



Just as a refresher from a few posts back, here is my conceptual drawing for the cloud. Basically, it is three pieces, with the outer two sections containing lights, and the inner piece just a basic "box". Each of the three sections will contain 3" of rigid fiberglass measuring 2' X 4'.

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I started off by tackling the easier middle section first. The wood is premium grade pine that is pretty smooth already and free from most blemishes. Since the wood will be showing, I wanted it to look somewhat decent. Your can see the angle brackets that I used for the inside. I wanted to eliminate any screws that might show from the outside, so I used Gorilla Glue, some small braids (that I puttied and sanded), and then these angle brackets for strength. You can see Pierce slaving away on cutting fiberglass triangles for the corner traps in the background...

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Next up, I got cracking on one of the more complicated side sections... There is Pierce still sawing away at the fiberglass triangles!!!

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Here you can see all the wood putty I used to seal all the cracks and seams.

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Then sanded (and sanded... and sanded.... and sanded....)...

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Stained...

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Then 5 coats of polyurethane.

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Next up, I built the fabric frame out of 1/2" X 3/4" stock.

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And covered it with off-white burlap fabric. This is the first time I have used burlap to cover any traps, and I have so say that I do not like it. It is much cheaper than the Ponte fabric I have been using, but it is much more difficult to work with as it does not really have much stretch to it, plus it just does not look as nice. It will have to "do" for now.

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And here is the finished fabric frame inside the middle cloud section.

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And here are the three sections with the fabric frames fitted. Next up, I will fill them with 3" of rigid fiberglass, add the lights, and then complete the mounting rig. Seems like an awful lot of work for a stinking ceiling cloud!!!

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At the same time, we were hard at work finishing the corner traps. Once again, I misjudged the amount of fiberglass I needed, and was only able to complete 2 full traps, with a third one about 1/3 full. Dang! Off to the store once again this coming week to get another load. This stuff is expensive, plus I have to drive about 45 minutes each way to pick it up. A bit of a pain. I did save enough to complete the ceiling traps however.

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I was also able to get the mic closet doors painted as well. Here is a shot of the doors after the first coat.

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So, what's next?

1) Finish the clouds
2) Finish the rest of the corner traps
3) Build a bunch of "standard" bass traps for the walls
4) Floor boards and ceiling trim where needed
5) Fill nail holes!!!
6) Finishing touches (closet doors, HVAC covers, banister, etc.)
7) Clean and finish the iso room (it has been used as a storage room for so long, I forgot what it is supposed to look like!)
8 ) At some point, I will need to decide how I am going to finish the stairs... either carpet or wood.


Getting there...

Author:  Eran [ Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:40 pm ]
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Wow...

That cloud looks really nice!!

5 coats of polyurethane????

:shock:




:lol:

Author:  Ro [ Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:59 pm ]
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GREAT work, looks brill! hope it sounds brill too :)

Author:  Lou [ Tue Jul 29, 2008 4:12 pm ]
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"Every cloud has a silver lining!" :D

Great job DH - They look great!

Have a good holiday Dude :wink:

Regards,

Lou. 8)

Author:  doublehelix [ Wed Jul 30, 2008 5:19 am ]
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Thanks as always for the comments guys... much appreciated.

I am going to have to put something silver inside of the clouds so that they *can* have a silver lining. Very clever Lou! :)




Eran wrote:
5 coats of polyurethane????




Hehe... yeah, believe it or not! That picture however was actually taken after the first coat, so there were four more coats after that! The final pictures with the fabric loaded were after all five coats.

Author:  rod gervais [ Wed Jul 30, 2008 10:06 am ]
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looking REAL good DH, nice job

Rod

Author:  Ro [ Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:59 pm ]
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James, I've added a link to your ceilingcloud build in one of the stickies in the acoustics section
http://www.johnlsayers.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=10304

Author:  doublehelix [ Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:03 am ]
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rod gervais wrote:
looking REAL good DH, nice job

Rod



Wow! Thanks Rod! My whole studio has been built using your book as a guide, so to hear you say that means a lot.

Ro: Wow! Me in a Sticky??? Pretty cool!

I am actually on a week's holiday down on the beaches in Florida, and nothing is being done on the studio at the moment. I'll be home on Wednesday night, and don't have to go back to work until Monday, so that gives me a few days to get things caught up. That is if my sunburn doesn't keep me away! ;)

Author:  xSpace [ Sun Aug 03, 2008 7:00 am ]
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Burned and Sticky?

Yep, that is Florida!

Have a good one.


Got sunscreen?

Author:  ale_recording [ Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:23 am ]
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Wow man... What a fantastic job you're pulling there... Superb.!!!! :wink:

I think your entire post should be a sticky... There are great posts in this forum but yours really (and i mean REALLY) inspired me and gave me lots of ideas for my build.

If everithing goes right i'll start uilding in Jan-09. Hopefully i'll have my own diary and would love to hear your input.

Keep those pics coming and again congratulations on a well done job!!

P.S: That cloud came out way better than I could imagine. I want to see it hangin over the drums (By the way I'm a drummer LOL).

Best regards from Argentina, god bless.

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