HANDYMAN CORNER: A Jupiter 2 Home Theatre

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My wife and I built our house.  Okay, so mostly my wife was the contractor, and I just paid the bills.  Every so often she'd let me sweep up some sawdust or straighten out a few nails.  And I got pretty good at holding boards in place while she hammered away at them, and I think she did come to appreciate my ability to lift sheets of Sheetrock into place and keep them level and plumb.


So I've learned a little bit about construction.  I guess that's why a friend of mine thought I'd enjoy this series of short videos chronicling the construction of a home movie theatre designed to look like the command deck of the Jupiter 2 from Lost In Space.


Now, I'm aware of the fact that there are a surprising number of guys out there who think constructing a replica of the Jupiter 2 in their homes is a cool idea.  I'm not sure how many of them are married.  I know that if I made such a suggestion to my wife, she'd be absolutely scandalized--space ships and English Tudor country cottages with shabby-chic decor simply do not mix.  In fact they're not even in the same universe.  Trust me.  She's repeatedly shot down my plea to be allowed to adopt a full-scale replica of B-9 that one of my friends offered to me (he has two, and he's trying to downsize.  I'd really hate to break up such a wonderful set of bookends, though...)


Anyway,  while I realize that building mock-ups of the Jupiter 2 in one's home is something of a...well, "sport" isn't exactly the right word, but I'm at a loss for a good descriptive noun here--I can't help but wonder why anyone would really go through all the trouble and expense to duplicate the set from a show that wasn't very good to begin with.  If you want a home theatre that's designed after a space ship, the bridge of the Enterprise gets my vote--I mean, it's got a built-in giant screen, and several comfy chairs.  What's not to like?


When we were newly married, and living in a rented house, I had set up the furniture before my wife got a chance to touch anything.  We were watching TV when she suddenly looked around at the way I'd arranged the sofa, two arm chairs, coffee table, and television, and exclaimed, "Oh my God--you set it up like the bridge of the Enterprise!"


She was right.  I hadn't done it on purpose...but she was right.

Anyway, in case you're considering doing some home renovation, you might want to have a looksee at what you can do with enough money and a very understanding carpenter.

#1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x11jqtkvcRQ

#2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjLfCSwXtAQ

#3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhYPgAHXNtE

#4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s0zJanw0No

#5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ybl_lWXCDA0

(You can keep searching; they get kinda boringly repetative.  I skipped ahead for you.)

#12 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBSXYKWyc14

#13 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_kh2uqPvNM