The Big Think

May 9, 2007

Studio Construction

Filed under: Studio Construction — jasony @ 9:32 pm

The doors are hung and sealed. Man, it’s amazing. When I close the booth door I have to pull fairly hard against the air cushion to get the door to close. Once it’s closed, *WHUMP*, great seal. And I haven’t even put up the second seal yet.

The main door is good as well. The only problem is that the room is so tight now, when the A/C is on the air going into the room has nowhere to escape to equalize. So it finds the weakest part of the room and exits there. Right now that weak point is the attic access door in the ceiling. I have to get up there and replace the 5 year old weathered seal. It’s amazing to think that the room is that tight.

I also cut the stock for the equipment cabinet and got it clamped up. I have to take it apart so I can laminate each piece. It’s great! Very nice size and shape with plenty of room for equipment and some nice hidden casters. I was surprised at how quickly it went together. It’ll slow down now, of course, as it takes a while to laminate the 7 pieces on both sides. Then I have to get the cherry (?) pieces to do the trim and the top piece. After that…. the desk!

Studio Construction

Filed under: Studio Construction — jasony @ 2:29 pm

The madness continues. I got the casters from Home Depot today but couldn’t find any laminate. They no longer carry it. Lowes wants $64 for a sheet of black because they have to special order it. That’s $2/square foot! So I let my fingers do the walking and found a wholesaler in town that sells to cabinet/countertop shops. They have the black in stock and, lo and behold, they are having a sale on the stuff for .84/sq foot! So I got some extra. I think I’ll need it for the desk and this’ll give me enough to cover the insides of the boxes as well as the outsides. No, the insides won’t normally be seen (except at the very edges), but this is the way the Big Boys build their custom studio stuff so I won’t take shortcuts.

I also picked up a gallon of contact cement. I couldn’t find the water based stuff so I’m going to have to put up with the icky fumes of the solvent based type. The good news is that I took back a box of unused flooring for store credit so the solvent and rollers were free (and then some).

Just moved the doors back upstairs in preparation for installation tonight. I decided to forgo painting the outside of the main studio door until I get my bigger compressor (it’s waiting for me in Houston). Then I’ll remove the door again and rent a spray gun. Hopefully I’ll get much better results. The fiasco with the roller finish has convinced me of two things: 1. do it the hard/more expensive way (i.e. don’t cheap out on tools or techniques). There’s a reason the professionals use the better tools, and, as Barry says, the cheap way is the most expensive. The other thing I’ve learned is: don’t take the advice of anyone who hasn’t done that specific job before. And if they have, verify that their knowledge is applicable to your job. Which brings me to a point I guess I have to just come out and say:

If you’ve never done it before, don’t give advice on how to do it.

It’s a good life-rule in general, but especially applicable when it’s not your money, time, or project on the line. I wish more people would remember this. I know I come across sounding touchy with this, but as I look back on the last two months of work, most of the problems that I’ve dealt with have been the result of following the advice of people who only thought they knew what they were talking about. When I researched it for myself it usually turned out okay. It took much longer, yes, but what difference does that make once the project is done?

Anyway. Time to open up Sketchup and start CADding up the equipment cabinet.

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