"Dive-In Movie" Screen - Made from Douglas Fir Scraps and Cardboard Sheets.

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Project by Retsof posted 06-26-2012 11:13 PM 1897 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a creative way to use up some scrap wood, cardboard, and extra white paint. It only took about ten minutes to build.

We hosted a pool party on Saturday night for my daughter’s 12th birthday. We decided to have the pool party in the evening as the temperature is over 100 degrees every day here this time of year. Once the sun goes down, it’s pretty comfortable to be in the pool. I got the idea to host “Dive-In Movies” for the kids.

I used some long Douglas Fir cut offs (about 2”x2”x12’) and two 4’x8’ cardboard sheets that were left over from a plywood order that I had delivered to the house a few months ago. A few minutes to lay it out on the grass, and screw it together, roll on some white paint, and we have a big movie screen for the back yard! I weighted it down with five, 5-gallong buckets of water and it held up to the 13mph winds that we had all day.

It’s not built to last, but it served it’s purpose very well. It’s still standing, and I think I’ll leave it up until it falls apart or the novelty of watching movies in the pool wears off.

-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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#1 posted 06-26-2012 11:15 PM

You’re a fun Dad! I really like the aesthetics of that pool, being fond of concrete rather than glossy tiles.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 06-26-2012 11:22 PM

Thanks. We don’t have a big backyard, but we made the most of it with that pool/spa. It takes up about half of the yard. Here in Las Vegas, it gets plenty of use. I’m thinking about adding another sheet of cardboard to the screen and tipping it on it’s side so we have a “wide-screen theater.”

-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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#3 posted 06-27-2012 07:56 AM

What a clever and neat idea. I’d say you are a bodafide candidate for “Dad of the Year”.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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