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How To Make Your Own Cheap and Awesome Panels

 hey guys thanks so much for joining mefor the first episode of I don't have a band in this episode I'm going to beshowing you how to make cheap and awesome acoustic panels for your homestudio or even your home theater or perhaps your wife thinks you make toomuch noise in the bathroom I don't know but that's your business these thingswork great and they're cheap you can make them for under 20 bucks a panel andI'm talking Canadian dollars now this video assumes that you've got some basiccarpentry skills if you want to learn some carpentry there's some other greatvideos on YouTube I'm just gonna be helping you remove some of the guessworkso you can get right to making a set of your own okay let's get started so whatwe're going to be making our 24 inch by 48 inch panels the inside measurement isapproximately 22 and three-quarter inches 

But I'm gonna get into more aboutthat later if you follow these dimensions the acoustic treatmentinstallation we're gonna be using is gonna fit right in with no cutting andno mess some things you're gonna need to make your frame or a power drill acircular saw a screwdriver 8 by 1 and a quarter wood screws some wood glue atape measure and a pencil if you follow my lumber recommendations of making twopanels at a time you'll have almost no wasteso the lumber that you're going to need for two acoustic panels are 4 -  1 x 4 by8s which you'll cut down into four, forty six and a half inch pieces that'sfor the sides you'll get two pieces from each eight-foot length four more piecesat twenty four inches that will be for your tops and bottoms if your lumber isactually eight feet then you will get four clean cuts out of one piece andthen there's the inner support rail at about 22 and 3/4 inches you're going toneed for those and you'll get them out of one piece as there can be variancesin the thickness of the lumber 

I'm gonna show you a trick later to make sureyou're measuring this correctly to be clear from the stuff that you just cutyou're gonna require only two of each to make one panel by making two panels at atime this is all the lumber that you're going to wastethe acoustic absorption material that I'm using is the raxil safe and soundinsulation 24-inch the dimensions of this insulation willfit perfectly in the frame that we are making if you don't have the exactproduct in your area research the dimensions of this insulation and makesure the one that you purchase is the same otherwise you may have to trim theinsulation to fit or make adjustments to your frame to fit the new insulation therocks will safe and sound 24-inch comes with 8 bats so you can make eight panelsfrom one package assembling the frame is pretty straightforward just make surethat the top and bottom pieces sit on the ends of the side pieces not on theinside in between each side pieces 

I would recommend drilling pilot holesfirst before screwing to wood screws into the corners it's a good idea toprobably put a little bit of wood glue in between the two pieces of wood justto ensure you have a nice strong fog repeat these steps for the remainingcorners until you have a nice rectangular frame now here's that tipfor the inner support what I'd recommend is once you've got your outer framebuilt take a measurement from the inside the thicknesses of wood can vary frombatch to batch it's a good idea to make sure that this piece is nice and snug asit'll make it so much easier to install the length of this piece should come insomewhere between 22 and a half and 20 to 3/4 inches again make sure to drillpilot holes before screwing in your wood screws 

I also put a bead of glue alongthe outer edge of the support rail repeat these steps for the other sidesyou'll create good structural support for your frame and it also creates acradle for the insulation to sit in lay your assembly on the floor if you'vemeasured correctly and assembled everything properly your rocks will safeand sound will drop right in and fit like a gloveand with no cutting you'll have no mess by the way on a side note the music thatyou're hearing in the background or one of my backing tracks that I've got up onmy youtube channel I've got a whole series of them there right now so if youdon't have a band and you feel like jamming no problem we got a full band toback you up and you can practice your solos for hours so when you're donemaking your panels head on over and check them out now it's time to getrapping with fabric that is choose a fabric that you like that'saesthetically pleasing to your room the fabric I chose was a little bit rigidand I found it minimized creases and was easier to work with to wrap your panelsyou're going to need a roll of your chosen fabric a staple gun a good sharppair of scissors and a hammer the fabric 

I chose came in a 58 inch roll which wasabsolutely perfect because I only had to make one cut for every panel you'regoing to want to roll out your fabric facedown this means the outside fabricyou're gonna see in your panels is actually gonna be facing down on thefloor I found working on a carpet really helped because you need to pull thefabric really tight around the frame and the carpet helped in creating someresistance next you're gonna place your frame and insulation facedown on theinside of your fabric you'll want to see the back support pieces facing upwardsit's critical to ensure that your panel is lying straight on the fabric you'regonna need six inches of fabric at least on either side of the panel to make youwrap correctly a 58 inch roll means I only have to make one cut but you'regonna have to calculate depending on yours here's a tip to make sure thatyour fabric is straight take measurements all around your panel makesure this measurement is equal all the way round once you're certain yourfabric is straight use a straightedge mark off the distance for the last sideand make your last cut 

Now I'm going to reveal the deep darksecret on how to make perfect corners you need to make a strategic cut in thefabric which is parallel to the top and ending right at the edge of the sidethis doesn't have to be super precise but you're gonna want about half an inchto about 3/4 of an inch of an overhang on the top rail which will give youenough fabric to wrap around the edges of the corner take your time and don'trush this cut making this cut correctly will give youenough fabric to wrap around the inside of the corners and give you enough roomto staple them now proceed to follow the same steps on the remaining corners thespace that you leave on the fabric doesn't have to be exact on every corneryou just want to make sure that the cut lines up with the side frame and thatyou have enough fabric to wrap around each corner now it's time to start stapling you'regonna start on a long side and pull it tight careful that the panel doesn'tmove remember because you measured it accurately to make sure the fabric wasstraight once it's tight and again the carpet is helping me here put a stapleapproximately in the middle just to secure its placement repeat the step oneach corner pulling tight each time just putting a single staple from there justkeep dividing in between the staples from one end to the other pulling ittight each time until you have a row of staples that are no more than an inchapart 

Now you're gonna work on the opposite side the key here now istension depending on your fabric and you want to be careful not to rip it youwant to pull it pretty tight because you want to make sure there are no creaseson the front as I mentioned before the fabric I chose was quite rigid and not susceptible to creases you're gonna have to make a judgement call depending onthe type of fabric that you use to determine how much tension you're goingto need to apply to ensure there are no creases and that you don't rip your fabric as before ping-pong from end to end continually dividing the distance in between your staples make sure to pull it tight each time so you have a nicetight wrap around the edge 

Now it's time to get back to thosecorners you're gonna want to trim off a little excess fabric from that strategiccut you made you just need a couple of inches to make a clean fold the rest isjust gonna get in the way if you leave it now you're gonna fold the fabric downand then over from the sides to make your corner play with this a few timesuntil you've got it right while you're doing this you're gonna want to makesure that you're also creating tension because we don't want any creases to appear on the sides with front holding your fold tightly with your fingers make sure the top flap is going to fold over correctly and straightbefore you put any staples in once you're happy with your fold makesure you staple in both flaps in securely don't overload your corner withstaples but you do want to make sure that you have enough that all of yourfolds are securely in place so the fabric doesn't move keep checking the fold and smoothing out the fabric before you put in each stable 

Now you're going to fold the top flapmake sure the fold that you make in the fabric lines up perfectly straight withthe edge of your frame keep checking this until it's perfect once you've got it lined up perfectly hammered that sucker with a few more staples remember at any time during this process you want to be checking the tension of the fabric don't forget make sure it'staut and then put the staple it review these steps carefully to ensurethat your corner is as clean as this one repeat these steps for the oppositecorner and then finish stapling the rest of that top edge remember to continually check thetension of the fabric all the way through the stapling process once donethe top and bottom of your panel should look something like thisonce you're done stapling and you're confident that the fabric is securely inplace lightly hammer any staples that didn'tquite make it all the way into the wood the last stage in the wrapping processis the backside no one is actually gonna see this part because it's gonna be upagainst the wall however it's a good idea to completely cover the insulationon the inside and have a nice finish to your panel 

I found this underliningfabric it's similar to what you'd find underneath a chair or couch it'sprobably the cheapest fabric that you'll find in the fabric store you don't needto try and win any awards with this process the main consideration is youdon't want to see it from the front you also want to avoid stapling into thestaples underneath that's holding your fabric if you're a perfectionist like meyou're gonna want to make the back look reasonably good as well so don't rushthrough this process I've experimented with cutting it to measure first but Ifound it harder to staple and create tension when putting it on by lining upthe underlining fabric on two sides I was still able to create tension bypulling on the excess fabric on the other two sides and this benefited the lazy side of me because I now only had two sides to cut just be aware whatever you do whenyou're cutting this fabric you don't want to cut the fabric underneath you'vecome a long way or almost finish your panel so you don't want to cut throughto the fabric below my fabric was quite dense so the hobby knife that I use tocut the backing fabric didn't cause any damage you could also turn the entirepanel over if you had a good cutting surface to work on and use the edge ofthe panel as a cutting guide this would be the safest method it all depends onthe tools you have in the workspace you have to work in just make a goodjudgment call there you have your finished panel allready for mounting in here are some of the panels I made freshly mounted in mystudio I customized my own hardware to mount these I could cover mounting tipsin future videos if you'd like to see this or anything else just throw arequest into the comments thanks so much for watching if you found this videouseful please let me know in the comments and if you want to be notifiedof future videos please hit that subscribe button remember you don't needa band to rock and roll there are a lot of great musical projects you can do byyourself right from your own home see you next time 


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