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Project by DaytonB posted 12-17-2007 09:36 PM 2202 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first big cabinet/ design project. I first had to finish the entire upstairs area. One bathroom, one bedroom and the bonus room. I wanted the bonus to be as multifunctional as possible instead of on big bare room, like every other house in our area. It is obviously primarily a theater room but with the built-in computer desk (it can also function as a straight book case, just take out the monitor and add the extra book shelf), the window seat and all the storage it’s now one of the most used rooms in our house.

Window seat has 2 20” drawers on full extension slides and the other side has a big wood box on casters for Toys or any anything else.

Computer nook has pocket doors in the center for your legs, a drop down keyboard tray.

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#1 posted 12-17-2007 09:44 PM

Very nice!I love the phonograph in the corner. Does it work?

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#2 posted 12-17-2007 09:45 PM

holy moly what a room
LOVE that window seat.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 12-17-2007 09:58 PM

the Phonograph does not work, I built 3 for a Musical (My Fair Lady) we did a couple years ago, found the decals and original cylinders on the internet, I built the horns out of roofing flashing and carved the moving parts out of scraps.

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#4 posted 12-17-2007 10:00 PM

What, no cup holders??? :-)

Great room!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 12-17-2007 10:02 PM

Great Movie room. Did you find a sale on theater chairs of church chaire?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 12-17-2007 10:03 PM

cup holders would be nice. I got “leather theater seats with cup holders” on the list of things to build. One of these days! : )

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#7 posted 12-17-2007 10:07 PM

As a mater-of-fact I did find a sale on theater seats! I was told they came from a Synagogue that was being remodeled . I think I paid $25 each for them. not as comfortable as a big couch but they fit the decor well.

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#8 posted 12-17-2007 10:36 PM

Wow, wow, and wow. Dual purpose room, that is simplistic but also elegant. It really shows off your woodworking abilities. Great design. I like the folding chairs to make the room appear bigger and easy on the budget. The only thing missing is a popcorn machine. I would love to have that room in my basement. My dream is to have a theater room in the basement. I may use you for inspiration in case i find a million dollars in the woods one day.

-- Don't delay, do it today! If God is your Copilot, switch seats.

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#9 posted 12-17-2007 11:16 PM

now u need Dusty’s popcorn machine…GREAT ROOM…very impressive!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 12-17-2007 11:35 PM

Very nice, I want one.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#11 posted 12-18-2007 01:06 AM

Great idea having the computer installed in the Theater room. There are so many things you can do now, like play pc games on the big screen, download and watch movies or get really big mug shots (aka “buddy icons”). One project I hope to have done by spring is theater setup on my screen porch. Right now I hang some blackout cloth from the ceiling framed with pvc. Not the best looking setup. But it’s a cheap and easy way to get a 10’x8’ screen. What material(s) did you use for your projection screen? Whatever it is, it looks like a good screen, bright white compared to surrounding built ins.

-- Dad to 5, Son of The One

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#12 posted 12-18-2007 12:05 PM

Man thats the way to watch a movie in style right there! Looks like a great job.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#13 posted 12-18-2007 09:25 PM

This room was done on an unbelievably tight budget. I think I have $1,500 in all the electronics, including DVD, receiver, projector, sub, all 5 speakers and all the wiring. The quality of the picture from this $800 projector is unbelievable; we have HD cable so we get around 15 or 20 HD channels. The only drawback is you have to be able to control the light in the room, too much light will wash out the picture more than a standard TV, but it still does pretty well with the blinds open.
I built the screen myself so it cost about $15 total, 3 yards of blackout fabric (normally for curtains) from the local fabric store and scrap plywood and polar for the frame. I’m not sure the name of the specific type of blackout fabric but it has sheen to the front and a kind’a rubbery back and works extremely well as a screen. I’ve built two other theater rooms now for people wanting what we have and they are VERY happy.

If anyone would like some pointers on doing a KICK-A$$ home theater on a budget give me a call 615 218 1962 (Dayton Brown) I’d be happy to help

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#14 posted 01-22-2008 06:07 PM

Nice theater room, Dayton! I’m just in the process of doing the cabinet work in mine. Nice job.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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