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Re: Attic Room Studio Build

Postby Folderol » Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:48 pm

Now that is positively sneaky :bouncy: :clap: :thumbup:
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Re: Attic Room Studio Build

Postby Luke W » Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:41 am

Things were really starting to take shape by this point, I did this while I had a bit of time off so I was keen to get it in working state before I got too busy again, and the arrival of a shiny new keyboard and a copy of Komplete Ultimate was encouraging me even more.

I decided to build a stand to get my screen mounted back behind the front faces of the monitors to minimise reflections as much as possible, and to save on desk space. I also thought that if something was going to sit there at the back wall, it may as well be full of Rockwool.

The start of a frame, using some spare bits of MDF and ply:
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Using up all of my Rockwool offcuts:
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Front view, with a top made from a leftover bit of a previous build:
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Trimming up the bottom with more offcuts:
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My speaker stands also arrived around this time from Custom Design, another recommendation from here. Here is one assembled and ready:
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Re: Attic Room Studio Build

Postby Luke W » Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:33 pm

Next up, side panel framing. I also decided to make some front faces for the panels at the back to break things up a bit visually as it was all looking very blue.

I cut a load of slats from two different width timbers, and glued them between two strips cut to the length of the rear panels. These then got the same blowtorch/dye/wax finish to match the rest of the framework.

One in progress:
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Test fit (upside down :roll: ):
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Various stages of frame finishing:
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A finished face plate:
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One side complete, the frame around the edges is screwed straight to the frame around the rockwool, and the face plates were cut in very tightly and have some panel pins doing the rest:
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I then got my desk and kit set up and actually had a listen to some music. I'd been working almost entirely on headphones with the desk facing a different way, so I'd had a listen to some tracks with my old Tannoys on the desk just before I cleared the room to give me an idea of how the space sounded untreated (no surprise endings there). Listening to the same material again with the panels up really was surprising, I had expected a difference, just not quite as much considering the limited space.

I paused on the build here and used the setup as it was for a few months. Half finished, it looked like this:
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Re: Attic Room Studio Build

Postby Watchmaker » Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:36 pm

nice shop! I'm surprised you used mapp gas for the burn, I would have used a lower temperature gas, but the results are stunning. I can never tell if I like woodwork more than music. I seem to more time with saws and chisels as I do recording or playing these days. Well done Luke. More pics please.
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Re: Attic Room Studio Build

Postby Luke W » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:13 pm

Thanks, really appreciate it :thumbup:

I really enjoy woodwork, it's definitely up there with audio/music for me. You're right about the choice of gas, something a little cooler would have made my life a lot easier but I had a bottle to hand and it got the result I was after, I just had to be a little careful!

I've got a few more pictures of panels and some other little bits and pieces and then a silly amount of the desk build, so I'll get some up here once I've sorted through them.
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Re: Attic Room Studio Build

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:43 pm

Wow Luke, this is all stunning work, and I'm convinced that many of us feel more creative in a supportive space like this, so it hope all this effort translates into lots more music!

Bravo once again!


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Re: Attic Room Studio Build

Postby Luke W » Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:31 pm

Thanks, Martin. I'm definitely finding it more inspiring to work in already, I'm also planning on clearing some space and getting set up to be able to record a few instruments here and there as well as mixing so I'm looking forward to that.

Something a little different now... With some new monitors on order, I decided to make up some heavy bases for my stands to, well, stand on. The idea was to get a bit of extra mass between the monitors and the wooden floor, the stands themselves are filled with sand and are already very substantial but considering it didn't require any purchases I didn't think it could hurt.

I used a very heavy stone floor tile and some off cuts of an underlay used for dance floors.

The tile:
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Sliced up:
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Rough cut underlay:
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Glued up and weighted:
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Trimmed to size and edges painted:
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In place:
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Re: Attic Room Studio Build

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:43 am

Wow - you are most handy with your hands Luke - the force is strong with you! 8-)


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Re: Attic Room Studio Build

Postby Luke W » Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:18 pm

That's very kind, thank you :thumbup:

Well I've sorted out the last few bits before the desk build, the first bits were a 1200mm x 600mm panel straight above the listening position, and two 600mm square panels on the sloped ceiling either side.

The panels pre-fabric:
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Fixed up ready for framing:
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Framing:
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Re: Attic Room Studio Build

Postby Luke W » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:40 pm

Last bit before the desk build...

I had a load of bed slats hanging around so I thought I'd make up some decorative panels to run along the walls above the side panels to fill the gap between the panel frame and ceiling. The same flame/stain/wax approach got them looking much the same as the other timber, and a thin backing board cut to shape gave me something to mount the slats to so they could all go up in one big piece.

Preparing the slats:
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Ply backing cut to shape:
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Slats glued down and edges trimmed:
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Both sides up:
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The next stage was a new desk to replace the temporary office desk and make the most use of the narrow space, I'm just sorting through another batch of pictures to upload so once they're up I'll get started again. :thumbup:
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Re: Attic Room Studio Build

Postby Luke W » Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:09 pm

OK, desk build time... With everything sounding a lot nicer I wanted to get a more permanent and practical desk. The weird room shape/size along with the high price of studio furniture and my seemingly endless desire to make life difficult for myself led me to designing and building a desk to fit.

I spent a good while deciding what I wanted and drawing up ideas, and did a final design in Sketchup to give me a rough plan to work to. I decided to include more rack space than I need, and have a sliding shelf for my keyboard so it can be tucked away to save space when I'm just working on edits/mixing. CAD is not one of my strong points, but the design I settled on was this:

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The whole thing is made from 18mm MDF, with the odd bit of 2x1 and 3x1 for bracing and as a fixing point for the top. I left a few mm spare on all of the cuts for the panels so they could be clamped together and planed/sanded all together to make sure there was a nice consistent finish.

First panel marked out ready to cut:
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Roughed out, and being used as a guide for the next one:
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Inside panels with the cut-out for the sliding shelf:

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All 4 roughed out and clamped ready for final shaping:

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As usual, there's more to come...
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Re: Attic Room Studio Build

Postby blinddrew » Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:17 pm

Gotta love a custom desk!
Out of curiosity, where does you computer live?
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Re: Attic Room Studio Build

Postby Luke W » Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:16 pm

It hides away in the bottom of the rack on the right, external drives live on the shelf above.
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Re: Attic Room Studio Build

Postby blinddrew » Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:52 pm

Ah right, laptop powered. I see it now. :thumbup:
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Re: Attic Room Studio Build

Postby Luke W » Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:49 pm

Yep, the plan is to eventually have a desktop machine in its place, that's why its all tucked away in the rack, but for now it's serving as both studio and mobile machine.

Few more steps in the desk build, here we have a side panel on the bench getting some 2x1 fitted to support the top:

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And all four fitted:

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Back panel fitted:

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And both sides together with some 3x1 bracing:

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Starting to look a little bit like a desk by this point.
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