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Your thoughts on this DIY projector stand

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Anim, Dec 27, 2003.

  1. Anim

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    Hi all

    I want to build a basic projector stand for my AE100 which needs to be positioned in the middle of a room behind some chairs. I will be buying a new projector in the next 12 months so it needs to be flexible. I also move around a lot being a student so it needs to be collapsable.

    I came up with this quick concept and was looking for posible feedback or pitfalls before i create it.

    One friend suggested it would be cheaper to use wood or even a bird table :)

    Thanks
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    if u go along this line, u will have to bear in mind that it will be easy to knock down, costing u a lot of money in repairs, so i would look into ways of securing the base to the floor.

    otherwise can't see no reason why it wont work
     
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    Another option for that money is to pop down to an IKEA & look at cabinets that can have the projector on top, but also provide valuable storage underneath.

    For £75 I've bought a decent height glass fronted cabinet that I intend to use for my Panny AE100 :)
     
  6. Anim

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    Thanks all, so glad I posted on here first as some excelent choices there.

    Anim
     
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    The design looks very good and would almost suit my requirements exactly Anim.

    I am however in agreement with DJW 666 that a solid cabinet will suit me better as I dont need to move it around and DVD storage would be a benifit too.

    Allthough the pre made options linked here look good, they are very expensive for what they are and may not be high enough?

    I expect you could build this for around £20-30??

    Good luck...you never know, if the price is right you might be able to sell a few on the forum!!!

    Chipster.
     
  8. Anim

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    Thanks Chipster

    I don't know the cost to build it yet but will take a look around the local iron mongers tomorrow to see what they can suggest.

    I want to avoid any welding on this so it needs screw/bolts and mainly parts that can be disasembled.

    If I can't make one for around the £40 mark then I will probably buy the staples projector stand.

    Anim
     
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    How about a normal camera tripod,that's what I'm using until I get my AE200 mounted properly.
     
  10. Anim

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    Don't tripods these days have a different head (not screw based) like this one: link

    Anim
     
  11. Chris Frost

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    Anim, are you serious about getting something built? Perhaps I can help.

    What storage space does it need to fit in to when disassembled?

    Regards
     
  12. Anim

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    Chris,

    Thanks for the offer, I'm going to nip into town tomorrow and have a look in jessops at tripods first as they would actually suit my needs, if that isnt going to be an option then maybe will try building one (as a hobby) and might call on your help :)

    Cheers
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  13. ABC*

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    I'm pretty sure they're all standard screw fittings but some have a quick release mount as well.
     
  14. Anim

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    Just a headsup,

    Went out this morning and bought a tripod.

    It can hold upto 1.5 KG (dont know what my panny is but it sat fine on the tripod without gravity taking effect)
    Extends to 5.5 feet
    Solid construction
    Tilt and swivel head
    3 point spirit level built into the frame
    Detachable screw system
    Extra lower leg supports
    Legs have 3 telescopic sections
    Center shaft of the tripod can also be raised/lowered with a handle.
    Carry Bag.

    Attached the projector to it and thankfully the base plate is wide enough to support the projector firmly.

    The screw system is on a seperate plate so I can leave that attached to the bottom of the projector all the time. There is a clamp switch on the tripod to click the projector into place so very fast and easy removing.

    It collapses down to about 1.5 feet and comes in a carry bag.

    Cost me £35

    Thanks ABC* for the tip, very happy with it.

    Anim

    PS. If any1 is interested I can post a few pics, let me know here.
     
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    I was in a similar position and the missus didnt want a ceiling mount so I came up with this. Wood was nothing, material cost £3 (for all of it) and the 10Kg chandelier chain and hinges a few quid from B&Q. £6 at most and I get a piece of modern art which keeps the missus happy when the projector is not in use (bear in mind you need somewhere to store that stand!) and when in use perfectly centre'd stand :cool:

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=108686
     
  16. Anim

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    That looks very nice. I would like to have done something similar but my stand needed to be in the middle of the room :(

    Anim
     

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