Okay, I think I know what to ask now regarding putting this thing together.
First of all, I will buying this screen material from SeymourAV. Haven't quite decided on where I will buy the dark black velvet from. Its been said in a few places I have looked that 'Fidelio Velvet' is the blackest you can get and will be really good for a black border/masking system.
(screen/mask ideas and black fidelio velvet referenced: link
(link to fidelio velvet: link
(link to black velvet recommended on the SeymourAV website: plush velvet
That's the main materials, the wood for the frame is a no-brainer. I can not think of anything else I need. Any suggestions?
Now the questions...
The frame for the screen seems like it will be easy to build but I'm not too sure if I know how to mount the black border over the screen's frame. Do I simply nail them together? I was thinking I may have to use some sort of 90 degree bracket to mount the border to the screen's frame. I guess what I was picturing was two frames stacked over one another. The screen being the bottom layer and the black border being the top layer. I may not be wording all this right so I will try and answer any questions if you have any for me.
I'm confused as to if that's how you do these screens or not. I have a link to a frame build on SeymourAV (DIYFixedFrame pdf file
) but it doesn't show the entire build process. Just pictures of the black border and no screen. Its mentioned that they just stretched the screen material over the back of the border and stapled it. I'm not sure if that sounds right. Many times in DIY screen builds I see users have their screen wrapped around a wooden frame of its own. So I could use some advice. (EDIT: Just realized that the 4500 screen material is not the kind of material that is to be "stretched". Other builds that I have seen with their material wrapped around a wooden frame have been using "blackout" white screens and not 4500. This is where I am a bit confused. Any help?)
For a frame of reference (non pun intended) this is how I picture my finished screen to look like... (picture of screen from first link posted above)
Although, mine would look a bit different as I want to have mine freestanding in the room and not attached to the wall.
Once I figure out how the screen frame to border frame thing goes I need to figure out where to put the legs and how long they have to be. I may not have any answers to how high up this thing needs to be yet. I will find out soon how high up my projector will be off the floor and then with some help from you guys, we will get the math together.
As mentioned previously, I would like to end up with a 100" 16:9 image in the end. I guess, with the border attached, the final width will be around 90" wide and just over 50" tall. If I have my math right, anyhow. This screen will be used with a Panasonic AX200U watching mostly Hi-def movies, dvds and playing games with a Xbox 360. Possibly HTPC in the future too.
Wow, I need to work on my structure. Hehehe.
Basically what I need to know is how do I build the screen with the border attached. Is it two frames over one another? Also, whichever way I do it, will I be able to have legs at the end of the width of the screen so I can have it freestanding in room? After all that is figured out I will worry then about how to do the 2.35:1 masking system. Its not a necessity though maybe an optional thing I would like to do.
Other than that, I see nothing else that's holding me back. Maybe just some more math.