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  1. Cool How do you build wall panels? 
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    Hey guys, I was jst starting work on this years haunted house. I've kind hit a wall(GET IT?) I could use some help.

    Can anyone give me advice on the best way to build a wall panel?

    I need a way to do them quick;y but cost is also on issue.


    THhanks...
     

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    Thanks for the link!

    Thats not what i ment.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hell House 666 LLC View Post
    Thanks for the link!

    Thats not what i ment.
    JB Corn's book has a lot of excellent info on that and goes into the topic thoroughly. In fact, he tells you how to build an entire haunt from the ground up . . . literally. (His was built on a deck so it could be built over any terrain . . . an ATH: All Terrain Haunt!) I can send you the link to a PDF version if you like. His books are now free and in the public domain.

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    Can you rephrase your question? You asked how to make a wall panel. I sent you link to pdf on how to make one and how to make a jig to make one. What am I missing. It is a simple frame with one or two pieces of plywood on it. You really should be able to figure this out, but here are a few Wall panel truths to help you out.

    1. Do not use staples to hold it together. Yes staples are fast, but long term they make repair difficult.

    2. Do not use OSB, it is cheap but you will always have the particle board texture no matter what set it is in. It also makes for a heavy panel

    3. Framing does not matter much, build what makes you happy. I like two vertical and three horizontal. I also only skin one side.

    4. Build them for your show, I have to put up and tear down my show every year, so I favor lighter panels because of how often they get carried around

    5. Make them strong, actors will climb on them- guests will run into them- you will want to use them for years. Do not skimp on materials or quality
    I dont think you need to know any more than that unless you have a specific question you are not asking.
     

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    Can you please elaborate on making them STRONG? Are you referring to thickness of the plywood here?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrotherMysterio View Post
    JB Corn's book has a lot of excellent info on that and goes into the topic thoroughly. In fact, he tells you how to build an entire haunt from the ground up . . . literally. (His was built on a deck so it could be built over any terrain . . . an ATH: All Terrain Haunt!) I can send you the link to a PDF version if you like. His books are now free and in the public domain.

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    Would you mind if I can have a link to that file?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfsystems View Post
    You know"Triangles" could make some pretty obscure walls. Definently not what anyone would expect to see. You might have to use a few more braces to hold them up, but could turn out pretty wierd. Maybe I'll try some cardboard models to see what can be done with "Triangles".
    Post pics!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Hill Haunts View Post
    Would you mind if I can have a link to that file?
    Sent!

    Just don't use OSB. Trade that one bit out for some 5mil plywood. A lot lighter, easier to paint, and doesn't soak up moisture like a sponge.

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