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Coffee Table to hide CRT?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by TheFatBoy, Aug 18, 2003.

  1. TheFatBoy

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    I'm in the middle of thrashing out a deal to buy a Seleco SVP 350.

    I'd like to hide the thing away ideally, so that pretty much excludes ceiling mounting (unless anyone knows of a way of hiding them that looks good!?). I thought perhaps mounting the projector inside an enclosed (or partially enclosed) coffee table, then fixing the coffee table to the floor might be a good way of achieving my goals.

    Anyone know of a table that is suitable for this?

    I need to keep this install as wife friendly as possible!! :suicide:
     
  2. Gordon @ Convergent AV

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    Quadraspire made such a thing I believe. Longbow furniture makers could as well. You might find it cheaper to approach a local shopfitters though

    Gordon
     
  3. TheFatBoy

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    Ta... I'll have a search on the net for them, see if I can find them.
     
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    check out my thread:
    designing hush box for 801s
    i have some images and some design notes there. its for a Barco 801s, but the principle is probably the same. depends on how the air flows in and around your PJ.

    Chris
     
  5. TheFatBoy

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    Thanks Chris - I'll have a read now!
     
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    Nice design. Do you have the measurements ?

    I bought also a 801s data a few weeks ago, and my wife doesn't like the design :devil:

    Kristof
     
  7. TheFatBoy

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    The Longbow stuff is pukka - but the prices are horrific. £3500+vat for the cheap table! :eek:
     
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    I am working on a DIY version! But it won't be finished next week :(
     
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    Yeezees ... :)

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    It goes up and down too.
     
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    I see from your avatar Roland, that is important to you.:laugh:
     
  12. TheFatBoy

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    The cheap one doesn't - the model that does is closer to £4,500 + VAT! :eek:
     
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    You can get the lift mechanisms seperately, look on www.audipack.com They're probably not the same, but very similar and do the same thing. :D
     
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    I used to have a Seleco 400 which used to be on the ceiling but changed it for a Cine 7 (similar size to the Seleco). Decided on putting the Cine 7 on the floor.

    How mine is mounted is on some funny brackets - Uni strut I think it's called and then stuck to the wooden floor with some foam pads. This way the floor is not marked with screws and the weight of the projector ensures that it isn't going to move anywhere. With it all calibrated and set-up, I built the table around the projector - rather than putting it inside and then moving the whole table around.

    Basically the enclosure for the projector has an open bottom :eek: with enough free space for the ventilation etc. I made a basic frame from bits of smooth wood from B&Q and filled the sides and ends with some ash wood. The whole construction size is based on a piece of thick frosted glass from Habitat which forms the table top. Eventually, it will be varnished/oiled and the front of the projector will have a flap that opens and closes when in use. It will be better for the front to be enclosed for me as the remotes on the sky seem to turn on the projector for some reason so unless I open the flap, the signals shouldn't get confused.

    If I get chance, I'll post a few pics.

    regards

    simon
     
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    Sounds good - I'd was going to have an open bottomed table, so I could set up the projector without having the table - then when I get it, just put the table over the top... My plan was to spike the table to the floor so it wouldn't move if knocked - the pj should stay where it is due to it's weight!!

    If you could see your way to posting some pics, that'd be great!!
     
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    As promised. Still got to cover the front and add some vents and shelves for magazines etc.
     

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    It's very dark in there. :D
     
  18. simon1967

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    Another one:
     

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    Nice.
     
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    Another thing I forgot to mention and that I asked a few months back when looking into making a table was the effect that glass over the lenses would have. This was to avoid having to manually open and close the front of the table and not having to worry about baby hands on the crt tubes :eek: .

    I thought that if glass was placed really close to the lenses, the image would focus through any fingerprints and straight through them with minimal distortion.

    I did a small test and although sharpness was not affected, it just robbed the image of the blacks - became a dark grey instead. It didn't seem to matter what the angle of the glass was either (just in case of reflections) so I dropped that idea and have the hinges on the window sill ready for the front. Mind you, the hinges must be getting pretty bored now as they haven't moved for the past 3 weeks - never mind - a happy man is one with plenty to do
    :p

    laters

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    Simon - You can buy glass that is specially designed to be used in such applications, although i'm not sure where you get it from, or how much it costs (a lot i would guess). I've seen a few threads in the past discuss this potential route, although i can't remember how they turned out. Maybe a quick google could yield useful results?

    Sean
     
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    Thanks for the images, table looks good, given me some ideas - how much have the materials cost you in total (if you don't mind me asking!)?
     
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    Cool :smashin:

    Looks very professional.
     
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    Just under £300. The expensive stuff was the glass tabletop (£90) and the solid ash wood (£130). The rest was pretty regular stuff from B&Q. Hope this helps.

    Best regards

    simon
     
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    Simon,
    Can I ask how high the lenses are off the floor to reach a reasonable height for the screen?
    I have a Barco 808 which Im thinking of coffee table mounting but dont want a 4' tall coffee table!

    Would be nice to use my existing coffee table (which the missus chose and cost £600!!!!)

    Thanks
     
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    I´ve built two coffee tables. I made one for my BG808(sold now) and i redesigned that table to fit my Marquee 8500. The table isn´t as high as it looks on the pictures(som problems with AR when i resized the picture).
    Here you can see them both
     
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    Nice table. The cat looks rather annoyed though:laugh:
     
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    Thats my hometheaterpal, he just loves to look at the mouse:D when i mess around with the HTPC.(cats just love every kind of mouses it seems)...On the picture he´s just relaxing after a movie:D
     
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    You sure the cat hasn't been smoking somthing ?? he looks wasted :smoke:

    I really like the coffee table you have made, I want to do a similar style but with a glass insert on the top, not so you can see inside just to protect the table a bit.
     

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