My Home Theater Construction

Framing Part 2

Cabinet Framing

Cabinet framing has begun. It is a little difficult to see, but the bottom plates are laid out as are the top plates. The side studs are up.

I intend to frame this as a regular wall, and then build in the cabinet. The opening is pretty big, 112” wide. This is to accommodate the screen case which is 108” wide. Since the case is one long piece, I won’t be able to put framing members in the middle. The cabinet will be made from ¾” birch plywood, which should be strong enough.

Rear Surrounds

The conduit has been run to the rear surround speaker positions. This is ¾” PVC conduit that was pushed along the ceiling. A little tricky but it worked in the end. I couldn’t run the conduit exactly where I wanted it due to their being HVAC return vents to the upstairs that take up two whole joist cavities. This meant I had to go with the joist cavities on the left of them, which made the speakers positions wider than I originally wanted. I also missed the cavity on both runs when opening the drywall, thus the big openings.

Right Rear Surround

Here is a close up of the right rear speaker conduit run. I plan to just put in low voltage boxes. But first I will need to close up the hole with some new drywall.

Projector Conduit

Here is a view into the back of the room. On the ceiling you can see the future projector location.

I had to open the ceiling for the conduit runs and to put in framing to mount the projector to.

Projector Opening

Here is a close up of the projector location ceiling opening. The projector will mount in the center of this opening, screwed into the two 2x4s. The box on the left is for the signal / low voltage stuff. Two 1 ½” pvc conduit runs should be enough for all the cable runs and future growth. The right box is for the power.

I ran a metal conduit, just to be safe with it being so close to the ceiling. In case someone drills or cuts into the ceiling. Had to use a PVC box, though. I couldn’t find a compatible metal one that would fit. Not sure what the electrical code has to say about this, but the cord will plug into a wall outlet or UPS in the back room, so it is not a true electrical run.