Homemade Projector Rack

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Homemade Projector Rack
Mount the projector on a rack to create extra storage space on shelves or tables. (glass of water on table with projector behind image by Dmitry Goygel-Sokol from Fotolia.com)

Many homeowners use projectors for their home theatre systems. Mounting a projector in the desired location on a projector rack makes for a better viewing angle, and keeps the projector out of the way. A projector rack mounted on the ceiling creates additional storage space by keeping the projector off tables and shelves. Build your own projector rack using materials found at most hardware stores.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Stud finder
  • Measuring tape
  • 1-inch plywood board
  • Table saw
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • 4 eye screws (43.1kg. rated)
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • 4 lap link connectors (102kg. rated)
  • Four 1/2-by-8-inch eye bolts (136kg. rated)
  • 4 nuts

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Determine the location where the projector will be set up. The projector should face a blank wall or screen.

  2. 2

    Use a stud finder to find the exact locations of the studs in your ceiling. Measure the distance between each floor joist or stud. Use the distance between each floor joist to determine the length of the plywood board.

  3. 3

    Measure the dimensions of the projector. The width of the projector is the width of the plywood board.

  4. 4

    Add 3 inches to 4 inches to the measurements acquired for the space between the two floor joists and the width of the projector to determine the measurements of the plywood board.

  5. 5

    Cut a piece of plywood to the measurements acquired with a table saw.

  6. 6

    Make marks in each corner of the plywood board that mirror the distance between the two floor joists. The distance between each mark should be equal to the space between the floor joists.

  7. 7

    Drill a hole at each mark with a drill bit the same size as the eye bolts.

  8. 8

    Hold the board against the ceiling in the desired location and use a pencil to make marks on the ceiling where the holes have been drilled in the plywood board.

  9. 9

    Drill 2mm to 3mm pilot holes in the ceiling at each mark with a drill.

  10. 10

    Insert the four eye screws into the ceiling at each mark.

  11. 11

    Open a 225-lap link connector with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Attach the lap link connector to the eye screw in the ceiling. Attach the eye bolt to the lap link connector and close the connector with the pliers. Repeat the procedure for the remaining lap link connectors and eye bolts.

  12. 12

    Attach the plywood rack by inserting the board through the eye bolts. Thread the nuts to each eye bolt to secure the board to the eye bolts.

  13. 13

    Place the projector on the rack and test the projector for viewing quality. Adjust the settings on the projector as needed. Run the cords through the back of the rack.

Tips and warnings

  • Make spacers from small pieces of scrap wood to make adjustments to the viewing quality by placing them under the projector between the projector and wooden board.
  • Use paint or wood stain to give the board a sleek, finished look.

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