How to Make a Homemade Projector Mount

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How to Make a Homemade Projector Mount
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Whether you are projecting video for an art exhibit or setting up a home theatre, finding the right way to mount your projector will enhance the quality of viewing. While there are several different kinds of mounts for your projector, one of the simplest and most stable types is an easy-to-build boxlike ceiling mount, suspended by screws. Suspension above the mounting box also enables good airflow for safe projection. Simple adjustments to the height and angle of your projector can be made without changing the overall structure of your mount. It's sturdy, affordable, and a simple do-it-yourself project that can make all the difference in your home theatre or video art projection.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Plywood at least 3/4 inches thick
  • Interior wall paint matching the colour of your ceiling
  • Stud Finder
  • 4 43.1kg.-rated eye screws
  • 4 102kg.-rated lap link connectors
  • 4 136kg.-rated 1/2-by-8-inch eye bolts
  • Tape measure
  • Hand held drill
  • Hammer, nails or wood glue
  • Drill Press
  • 2 to 4 spacers: small scraps of wood, ranging from 1 to 2 inches
  • Pencil

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Draw a plan for a four-sided rectangular box 3 to 5 inches larger on all sides to hold the projector. The box will have a top, bottom and sides, but no front or back to allow for the image to be projected and the cords to run through, as well as for the air to circulate for safe projecting and adjustments to be made easily.

    How to Make a Homemade Projector Mount
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  2. 2

    Place the projector onto the board to assure the board allows 3 to 5 inches around all sides of the projector. Cut two pieces of the board to this size: One will be the top and one the base of your mount. Cut the sides for the board, making sure that they are also 3 to 5 inches taller than the projector.

  3. 3

    Drill the holes in the top piece. If you are drilling into floor joists on the ceiling above measure the distances between studs (use a stud finder) and mark the according distances lightly with a pencil on the ceiling as well as on the four corners of the top piece of the box.

    How to Make a Homemade Projector Mount
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  4. 4

    Using the hand held drill, drill holes in each of the four corners where you marked earlier. The holes should be the size of the eye bolts. Next using the holes in the top piece as a guide drill corresponding holes into the floor joists. Sink the small eye screws.

  5. 5

    Assemble the projection mount box by nailing, gluing or screwing the sides together. Paint the box with interior paint to match the ceiling, so that the viewer's experience is not distracted by the equipment.

  6. 6

    Open up the lap links with needle nose pliers. Attach the eye bolt to the eye screw. Slide the board up over the eye bolts and secure with the nut on the inside of the top of your box. Make sure it is sturdy.

    How to Make a Homemade Projector Mount
    (flat-nose pliers image by Andrey Chmelyov from Fotolia.com)
  7. 7

    Slide in your projector with the cords running out the back and test out your image. You can use small wood blocks as spacers to adjust the angle of your projection. Also, most times when projecting from a ceiling mount, the projector needs to be flipped upside down or you will end up with a strange trapezoidal shape at the bottom of your image.

Tips and warnings

  • Using the projector light to illuminate the wall you are projecting on to highlight any marks in the wall, spackle and retouch the paint to make a smooth surface.
  • Don't leave the projector on for extended periods of time.

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