anyone know how to make an inexpensive fixed screen.

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  1. charles j

    charles j Auditioning

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    Anyone know if you can glue a vinyl screen to a board, if so what kind of glue do you use and what type of boards?
    I have a manual pulldown screen that I would like to convert to a fixed screen.
     
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    You might have better luck painting a masonite board with a flat white paint.

    In theatres, screens aren't glued to a backing, rather they are stretched on a frame. You could make a wood or metal frame and then punch and make grommets around the edge of the screen and use bungie cord to provide tension for mounting it.

    It might be easier, cheaper and better, to buy some screen material of the right size already fitted with the grommets and just build the frame and mount it.

    John
     
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    Charles, build a wooden frame out of 1X3 pine(I used clear pine), glue, screw, and miter the corners, and use a couple 1X3 vertical braces. Where the braces meet the frame at 90 degrees, use a metal "T" brace to tie them together for more strength. Then stretch the screen material tight with a helper, and staple on the rear of frame with 3/8" staples.
     
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    Charles,

    I'm in the planning stages of a DIY screen myself. I found several good posts here at HTF and also at AVS Forum.

    Go to the DIY and Advanced Projects page and search for "Screens":
    DIY and Advanced Projects

    At AVS Forum there is a whole section devoted to DIY Screens:
    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=110

    Hope these help. Good luck and let us know how yours turns out.
     
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    Hey, Thanks all for your advice, I will check into all of it. When I get this project finished I will post the results. Thanks again
    CJD
     

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