I want a glass box for my PJ, anyone know where to turn?

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Vince Maskeeper, Nov 21, 2003.

  1. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 1999
    Messages:
    6,499
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I want to have a glass or plexi (must be 100% clear) box built to house my PJ (fan noise is driving me nuts).

    I have designed a system to vent heat into the ceiling- I just need to find someone who could build a 5 sided glass box approximately 14x20x4 inches.

    Where would I look to have something like this made? Could it be DIY'd?

    -vince
     
  2. Chris Hovanic

    Chris Hovanic Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2003
    Messages:
    545
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Tap Plastics can build anything out of plastic. They also sell everything you would want to DIY.

    Hope that helps!
     
  3. Peter DeWitt

    Peter DeWitt Extra

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2003
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    What about an acrylic fish tank? These are readily available and with the right tools it is easy to cut holes in them.

    Or you could get a bending bar made for acrylic. These are for people who want to make their own tank for custom Aquarium installs.The advantage to the bending bar is one piece does 3 sides. However, a store bought one might be easier since it is a bit on an art to bend the stuff correctly.

    The drawback here is you will probably need a 5 Gal tank and a premade one is going to be at least 10 gal or more.

    Acrylic can also be bonded in squares. It just doesn't look as nice. If you can find some, this may be a way to go.
     
  4. Rory Buszka

    Rory Buszka Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2002
    Messages:
    784
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Just make sure you use a pair of 120mm fans blowing out, and enough opening for cooler air to come in. Dust may be a consideration. However, you must be sure that any filtration system you use is not too restrictive. If you need the fans to be quiet, then go to heep://www.silentpcreview.com and visit their excellent Forums. People there know a lot about what kinds of fans are quiet, even though they deal mainly with those used in computers.
     
  5. Joe Tilley

    Joe Tilley Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2002
    Messages:
    686
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I don't know if it would. But couldn't doing this affect you PQ? I would think that some light would get reflected off the plexi in front of the unit.
    Just something to think about if you haven't yet.
     
  6. Rory Buszka

    Rory Buszka Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2002
    Messages:
    784
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Undoubtedly, specs of dust would collect on the plexiglass in front of the lens, and harm picture quality.
     
  7. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 1999
    Messages:
    6,499
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0


    No more than dust on the projector lense which collects as it is- the box will be removable so it can be cleaned... I figure I'll filter the air coming into the case- but it wont be any less/more perfect that my pj situation is now (with 80db fan noise!)

    -Vince
     
  8. Dennis XYZ

    Dennis XYZ Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2002
    Messages:
    115
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Plexi would be fine for most of the case but I'd want the light to shine through optical-grade glass so I didn't get reflections and distortions. Over at AVS, a lot of people are using the glass from Edmund Scientific for their hush boxes.

    http://www.edmundoptics.com/IOD/Disp...productid=1919
     
  9. Mark gas

    Mark gas Second Unit

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2002
    Messages:
    322
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
  10. corey_allen

    corey_allen Extra

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2002
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
  11. DaveF

    DaveF Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2001
    Messages:
    18,375
    Likes Received:
    1,681
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA
    Real Name:
    David Fischer
     
  12. ChristopherD

    ChristopherD Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2002
    Messages:
    107
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    1/4" plexi with mitered joints joined with aquarium adhesive would be cake. It scratches really easily, though.
     
  13. MarkDesMarais

    MarkDesMarais Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 1999
    Messages:
    71
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    For that matter, building a glass aquarium type box is very well understood- take a look at an aquarium site (or BOOK ;-).

    Basically, you get a glass shop to cut the glass to your specs, tape the panels in position, run a bead of silicone down the joints, and wait a bit. Peel off the tape, and you're done. Plan on supporting the resulting box from the bottom.

    Markd
     

Share This Page