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post #11 of 17 Old 04-28-11, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Re: DIY Screen Advice - Light walls/ceiling, no windows

Thanks for the clarity.

I orderd a 4'x8' sheet of fashion gray (D381-60-107) at a local shop (Curtis Lumber) for $60. I should have the product in 1 week (2 sheets were in stock in their local warehouse).

I look forward to fully applying both left hands and building the frame!
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post #12 of 17 Old 04-30-11, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Re: DIY Screen Advice - Light walls/ceiling, no windows

The screen arrived (in 2 days). Off to pick up my framing material.

I am using fashion gray with an Epson 8350. Does any one have any recommendations for color (color, contrast, etc...) settings for this set up? I will zero it in in time, but wanted to see if there were any general recommendations to get to "nearly great" quickly. I think it already looks pretty good now, but I'm sure it can be much better. I've been using factory default settings on an off-white wall.
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post #13 of 17 Old 05-03-11, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Re: DIY Screen Advice - Light walls/ceiling, no windows

Built the base frame this weekend. A friend (with a table saw) is going to make a french cleat for me. I took photos of the process so that I could eventually post a step by step for newbies. I thought a simple basic frame how to might be useful. Maybe such a guide already exists. I found tons of useful info (and used a lot of it), but dont remember a step by step how-to. Here's a photo of the base frame and set up. If you think people would appreciate a step by step how to AND my frame is "reasonable", I'll try to follow up in a few weeks once I am finished.

Right now my plan is to attach the screen with screws and then use magnets to hold the velvet wrapped outer frame (made from 45 degree cut 1 x 4 poplar). I don't love the magnet idea.. but I don't one that I like better. Any suggestions are welcome.
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post #14 of 17 Old 05-03-11, 08:53 PM
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Re: DIY Screen Advice - Light walls/ceiling, no windows

How-To's are always good.

What type of substrate are you going to use to mount the FG on?
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post #15 of 17 Old 05-04-11, 04:59 AM Thread Starter
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Re: DIY Screen Advice - Light walls/ceiling, no windows

My intent was to go without a substrate. I was planning on using several screws around the exterior. I then will attach the velvet wrapped black border to the frame shown in the photo above. That is what I was thinking. Any issues here? I've seen some people screw the wilsonart into walls... i thought I could screw into the frame (with pre-drilling).
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post #16 of 17 Old 05-04-11, 09:49 AM
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Re: DIY Screen Advice - Light walls/ceiling, no windows

I guess it depends on the thickness of the laminate. Either use your best judgment or wait for a response from someone that has made a laminate screen, but I think I remember reading somewhere that thin unsupported laminate can show the vertical frame members behind it; but I may be confusing this with something else.

Unsupported laminate will also be much more prone to crack if anything hits the screen (if you have little ones about that like to throw toys) or even just pushing against the screen in an unsupported area.
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post #17 of 17 Old 05-05-11, 06:09 AM Thread Starter
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Re: DIY Screen Advice - Light walls/ceiling, no windows

Can someone point me to a nice "how to" on how to wrap velvet on a border frame? I know a ton of people have done it, but haven't found a clear how to. I think it must be out there.

Thanks in advance.
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