Monday, June 25, 2012

Studio Build 23

Some good work done this weekend. The wall that will be behind me as I'm seated at the mix desk will have a combination of an acoustic panel and a space array. A series of slats that will act to scatter and break up a sound wave.

The slats are created out of 2x4, which are actually only 1 1/2" wide, and they are going to be spaced 1 1/2" apart. They vary in height from 1 1/8 to 1 1/2 to 1 7/8" and then repeat. They will cover the entire 97" of the wall panel.

and for a close up of the heights.  The 2x4's were ripped down on the table saw, sanded and then stained.  The color said "Gunstock" but it came out more like a red mahogany.  Still nice!

I hope to get these hung this week, but it's a two person job lifting the panel safely, so we'll see who's around this week to lend a hand, else I'll have to wait till Friday.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Studio Build 22

Real quick update.  I salvaged a couple of Kleig Brothers theater lights and had the idea to create a rocket theme lamp for the studio.

I know, I know...get back to work monkey boy... but I was waiting for another machine to finish a render!

I designed the rocket fins in Illustrator.

Printed that out on a couple pieces of paper and transferred that to a piece of scrap plywood.  Cut it out on the bandsaw, and duplicated that 3 more times for 4 fins.   Sanded down the rough edges and used "Rub and Buff" to give it a bronze finish.

Drilled some holes in the housing.  (I had already gutted the housing and installed a new bulb fixture with switch)

and Voila!

 We have ignition!

More work on the rear space array/panel on Friday night....

Monday, June 18, 2012

Studio Build 21

We stripped the roof, laid down some ice and water shield, felt roofing and new 25 year shingles.

What a great weekend!  No one got hurt, the roof installation went great and looks fantastic.  We also picked up the material to finish the slats on the rear absorption panel.

quick update and onward!

(oh the Mac-Haydn Theater wants me in a production of State Fair in August...I'll finish my studio eventually!  WEEE!)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Studio Build 20

This is a quick update.  No pictures yet because it just doesn't look like much got done, BUT IT DID.

The second ceiling cloud is up, and having TWO people to hang it was a lot easier than me swinging it up there myself.  (Thank you Cathy!)

Also the back wall sound absorption panel is up, and most of the space array slats are cut.  They are pieces of 2x4 that are ripped down to 1 7/8, 1 1/2 and 1 1/8 of an inch and spaced an inch and a half apart.  In a repeating pattern to cover the entire panel.

I'll lightly sand the ripped pieces, then stain them a cherry red.  Right now the room is so full of burlap brown that it needs splashes of color.

More work this weekend, (I have roof project to do first though) and pictures will be coming.  We're on the home stretch!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Ok, I've been doing a lot of video editing, and while things load, render, render, load, transfer....

I have some time on my hands.

So I built a Lightsaber.

See the full Instructable here

I think it came out pretty badass, and will find a home in the new studio!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Studio Build 19

Oy, between rehearsals for this, commencement for that, reunion for them...
and installing a fence in the back yard to keep Bumbles from bothering poor little Peaches..
Back to work!

So the ceiling clouds are hung on hooks with eye bolts threaded into the joists. Which in itself was a lot of fun as the ceiling joists in this room run two different directions due to the house design.  So finding the one joist, then locating the perpendicular joists, while keeping the measurements together so that the hooks line up.  Joy!

The hooks go through the back support, and through the insulation. The cloud doesn't weigh too much.

Here is the back of the cloud prior to hanging.

I hung it by myself.. that was FUN! (not) But here is the first one up and done.

Very satisfying... during the day, while I'm waiting for things to render on one computer... I've been playing with some junk on the workbench. I have to admit. I'm a geek. I'm building a lightsaber.