|Project by David Grimes||posted 04-10-2011 08:41 AM||4786 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
Our “theater room” is 22’ long and 10’6 wide. Due to the layout, we needed to project across the 10’6, which made getting a large projection over so few feet limited to only a few “short throw” projectors.
When I checked prices on the mounts, I was appalled at the prices. It was an “I’ll just do that myself” moment. So here we have a painted wooden wall plate, connected to a white jointed swivel (that can be moved up/down, side to side, and tilt to level and adjust the projection to the white portion of the screen) connected to a wooden projector mount that is held off the projector with spacers made by cutting plastic tubing exactly to length for each position (the top of the projector is not flat and the mounting screw holes are not in a square or rectangle.
Screens are pretty reasonable, but since this is a dedicated room I had no interest in either portable or hiding screens. The look we wanted was custom built-in. Another “I’ll just do that myself” moment.
The screen is a bright white rubberized canvas stretched tightly over a 3/8” plywood frame, then the blackout mask trim (made of 1/4” luan and painted with satin black enamel) was added to the edges. Next, maple 1×4 with ogee edge was picture framed around that, then finally maple 3 1/8” crown was added to the top (with returns, of course) to serve as a crown pediment.
Final viewing distance from eyeballs to screen is about 9 feet. At that closeness, you will see a lot more head turning during action sequences, but no injuries yet. And everything is larger than life, which usually is (but not always) a good thing.
It was fun and the first of three that we have done, but I was (and always will be) the guinea pig for anything new.
-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia