Sci-fi/Star Wars Man Cave Karaoke Home Theater W/Multicolored Lighting Effects

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Introduction: Sci-fi/Star Wars Man Cave Karaoke Home Theater W/Multicolored Lighting Effects

About: Im guy that loves to create and build. I am a huge Star Wars fan and Marvel fan so alot of my inspirations come from those fandoms. I am A major 80s hippie! My wife says Im stuck there but thats ok with me b...

So after the flood of Harvey, everyone in this area was devastated in the wake of its destruction. I was about 90% complete with my Star Wars man cave when Harvey hit. we had to Demo all the way back to bricks and studs so I saw an opportunity here to make my Man cave even more awesome than it was. And the 1st one WAS AWESOME!! This one I was able to plan from the beginning adding where to add plugs for special effects, Lighting, Ect. So this is Man cave 2.0 and I have the technology to build it better,,,,stronger....faster!!!! (Someone has to know what thats from!)

Supplies:

Supplies used were plexiglass, LED Lights, MDF sheets, Various 1x2s/1x3s/1x4s/ basic framing lumber and lots of nails!

Step 1: In the Beginning

First thing that went in was sheet rock. Next was My black tile and my new chairs because I had to see what they looked like in there.

I knew I wanted some sort of beams in the room to look like heavy duty industrial beams but had no idea how to build them. I tried several different ways and finally decided on MDF 4x8 sheets. Looking at pictures of how I wanted them to look I drew out a templet and cut them out with my trusty roto razor saw. After Beams where framed in it was time to start looking at the focal point between the beams I put in. I decided on a "Space Window"

I looked at pictures online till I decided on a 4k ultra High Def picture that I had blown up and put on plexiglass. the best place I found was Shutterstock.com

Step 2: Built Out From Wall and Paint Base Layer

From what I was wanting, I knew the walls were gonna be a multi level kinda thing. I framed the space window with 2x6 lumber from the floor to help support the weight of what I knew was to come. I was able to back light the window with a regular fluorescent light and plug it in where it couldn't be seen. I had to construct the panel below the window so that I could access it if light malfunctioned or when I needed to change the bulb. Basically I built a huge shadowbox around the window for added depth effect. Soon after, the paint went on. My wife did an amazing job while I was at work.

Step 3: Built Vortex Exhaust Intake Manifold. (Huge Infinity Mirror)

My son and I embarked on building a huge infinity mirror from a round breakfast table we had in the garage. I took off the pedestal base, and mounted a mirror on the inside. We then built a small 3" wall around the mirrors edge. I used Masonite board for this because it can be bent to the correct curve.I then drilled holes about every inch and a half in the center of that wall. We inserted LED holders in the holes and used clear "lite brites" in them with led string lights behind the wall.

We then mounted the mirror to the wall opposite the Space Window, I will use LEDs to replace the Lite Brite pegs since they dont transmit lite as brightly as I'd like. I do love when my young nieces and nephews come to visit. I tell the, "Dont get to close to that! it'll suck you in!!!" LOL!!!

Step 4: Added Facings to Beams and Details to Walls on Each Side of Window

Once beams were completed and LED strip lights were put inside the beams, I constructed facings with Plexiglas windows to let the LED light stripes shine through. The patterns on all the Plexiglas and glass were made at a decal shop and served very well for the effect and look I wanted. the facings are held in place by Cabinet door "stab pegs" so that I can easily perform maintenance on the lights if needed without a major deconstruct.

I used 1x2s to construct detailing on the wall next to the window and wired in LED lights to resemble control buttons.

Step 5: Its All in the Details

So after facings were completed, the room has kinda come full circle. I ended where it all began. I will be adding details for many long months. Ive used 3 and a quarter PVC pipes over the window, over the Mirror, And will be putting a 3 pipe run down center of ceiling to give it a more "Industrial feeling" In fact the details will probablly be one of those things that never ends! Lol!I Will be installing my High Definition projector this weekend!! Star Wars is 1st order of business! Quick tip on painting PVC pipe. I used a black plastic primer and paint on one run of pipes. worked great. I also used some craft spray adhesive to give the paint something to bond to on another run of the PVC piping. This also worked great. I had used a regular spray primer on the 1st run and the paint did not stick. make sure you use a primer that is approved for plastic. If its not available then the adhesive should get you buy

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    34 Discussions

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    Dumbphone
    Dumbphone

    1 year ago

    This is mind boggling spectacular! And to have to rebuild it, is just an incredible story....Oscar Goldman would be proud. Thank for sharing this mantastic room!

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    Lance70
    Lance70

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hey Brother. Thank you for your kind words. Im glad you liked my room. I lovingly call it a "Nerd Cave" because it truly calls my inner nerd. Lol!! My kids and I are huge Sci fi people so I wanted a room where I would feel 10 Years old every time I go in it and have a cool hangout for my boys and their friends. Its close to being finished. Im curently working on closing in the back wall and putting control panels around my carbonite sculpture and also building a Star Wars Hologram that will have a bunch of subtle humor winks at the movie. I will be writting a separeate instructable as soon as I have it operational.

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    Lance70
    Lance70

    Reply 1 year ago

    BTW....you kinda stumped me with the Oscar Goldman comment Lol!!! I knew I should have known that name. I had to google it. I felt dumb afterwards!!! LOLOLOLOL!!!!

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    Dumbphone
    Dumbphone

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hahahahaha! Well, to be honest, I had to look up his name to use it! I will be looking forward to your next installment on this masterpiece of a room.

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    offseidjr
    offseidjr

    1 year ago

    The space window and infinity mirror are great additions!

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    Lance70
    Lance70

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you and thanks for looking. Glad you liked it.

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    RonK17
    RonK17

    Question 1 year ago on Step 4

    Hi! I am working on a similar Man Cave. (Not as awesome as yours) I wanted to ask how you went about painting the MDF boards. I have read that a primer\sealer is needed before paint. Just wanted to see what you used. Thanks!

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    Lance70
    Lance70

    Answer 1 year ago

    Hi Ron. Yes I used Kiltz Primer. I did a couple coats until it was even and then applied a Titanium Gray paint and it worked like a charm for me. Hope this helps!!

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    Techhlp
    Techhlp

    1 year ago

    Awesome job. I always wanted to do this, “had I had the room”. OculumForamen stated my thoughts exactly, star wars is a decent theme but my individual preference would be star trek, or fallout for a more recent genre. Now I know too how to fab the steel beams, MDF, and the in-structure readouts, my specialty. Like nothing more than building displays that serve as a prop and no more. I like the portal on the wall, like to implement one on the floor, it gets to people as that; wow, even there?, how'd you do that?
    I was in 6 million dollar man's time back then, ‘a kid’, even had the rocket/tune-up station, still have it. Didn't miss many episodes. Look forward to seeing your completed build.

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    Lance70
    Lance70

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks for your feedback!! In my last Man cave I had a stage for kaaoke nights and I was originally wanting to put the Infinity mirror in that but I couldn't figure out how to make it support the weight if someone were to step on it. I considered the ceiling next but it finally came to rest where it is. Lol!! Thanks for looking!!

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    TonyO60
    TonyO60

    Tip 1 year ago

    Fantástico!!!

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    Lance70
    Lance70

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks for looking!

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    OculumForamen
    OculumForamen

    1 year ago

    Nice room man! I am so into Sci-Fi that I would do this too, if I had my own home! While I love Star Wars, for a theme room I simply would have to do the Star Trek thing. I think that Star Wars is better than Star Trek, but I love the Star Trek sets and graphical displays and how they explain all of their technology. I would make my own Captains Room! You sir, have gotten my creative juices flowing and I want to design my own room! This is how good your efforts are in this Instructable! You have my vote!! and I have favorited this, for future inspirations!! Thank you so much! You and I are from the same generation, The Six-million Dollar Man was my favorite show! I always loved the episodes where he faced the Alien Tank/vessel. Have you tried to watch that show now?? Yikes! It's so bad, that I get physically ill when I try to watch it, I guess I'm allergic to cheese! LOL

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    Lance70
    Lance70

    Reply 1 year ago

    Lol!!! Yeah its hard to stomach some of those shows from that era nowadays! it was just a simpler time I guess when standards wasn't so high. Man I appreciate your kind words on my man cave and I hope the coming pictures and projects will continue to inspire others to reach out for the impossible because all of my projects were an impossibility in the beginning. Thanks again man!

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    wdkdave
    wdkdave

    1 year ago

    Wow. Better Stronger Faster - How long has it been since that was on? Didn't they have a bionic dog too?

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    Lance70
    Lance70

    Reply 1 year ago

    Lol! That I dont know. But I do know your awesome for knowing this!!!

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    Killawhat
    Killawhat

    Reply 1 year ago

    I liked the Family Guy version - The Six Dollar Man. We have the technology (clunking with used parts), we have the money...but we just don't want to spend it.
    Nice project BTW

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    AlyssonR2
    AlyssonR2

    1 year ago

    I've always loved reading about this kind of project and seeing what people manage to turn their rooms into.

    This is, by far, the most convincing themed room I have seen in recent years - often the builders get *too* carried away with the big stuff, but this project gives the impression of a home theatre built in an out-of-the-way end-of-corridor space in the depths of an Imperial starship. (Somewhere on Level 14, there's a still and illicit bar, too! *lol*).

    The attention to detail is wonderful, and the space window is an excellent touch. The use of PVC conduit does add that industrial/military look that we have come to expect of a working starship/space station without spoiling the clean lines of the theatre space.

    What you *really* need is the partially dismantled head and arm of a protocol droid in top of the carbonite panel. (I'm sure I saw an instructible for that a couple of years back.).

    Oh, and don't forget to make sure the bulkhead door is watertight ;)

    I know that you're not finished yet, but please add some pictures of the whole room once the back wall is done.

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    Lance70
    Lance70

    Reply 1 year ago

    Wow Alysson Thanks for the great feedback!! I haven't completed everything in there yet, but still completing it bit by bit. You have definatly gotten the vibe I was going for. I will definatly look into that protocol droid instructable!!

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    Obsidian25
    Obsidian25

    1 year ago

    I've had a similar idea to this in the past, but the design and detail you've included here is incredible. The little things like the shape of the space window framing, I love it.

    My plan was to get a high-res image and frame it in a hex window, similar to the cupola on the ISS, using heated pvc in a two piece wooden jig to form it into an interesting moulding shape. I could never come up with a good 'square' frame and yours has given me so many ideas! Especially printing onto perspex/acrylic, that's a stroke of genius.

    The industrial beams from MDF look brilliant as well. I'll be coming back to this time and again when I finally start building a similar thing. Thank you for an awesome guide!