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I was wondering what you all used for framing for your DIY screens and where you got the materials other than wood?

What fastening methods did you use to fasten the screening on?

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edit: I don't think I was clear here, I mean frame as in mounting the fabric screening material too.

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For my 48" x 85" laminate screen, I went to a frame shop and had them make a frame (yes, like a picture) from a very nice matte black frame stock material. I think the results are quite good and the price is reasonable for the quality, around $130.

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Are you saying you stretched the screen to that? or are you using a solid screen material?
That sounds more like the border around the screen.

I am using [most likely] Sheerweave 2390 and was wondering what sort of framing materials I could get. I see where some use aluminum, but aluminum what exactly and where to get it. Once up it will have black velvet masking and curtains.

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The conventional method has been to staple the fabric around a wooden frame to the backside. Aluminum is a great light, stable material but is rather hard to staple to. Its also a bit higher on the skill level to work with than wood. If using aluminum and stapling you will need a wooden insert or strip within the aluminum frame to attach to. There are stretcher frames made this way that can be store bought and you can find them with the search tool I’m sure. They are not cheep. But do work well I’m told.

I chose to make mine by laminating strips of plywood. First because tests I did with plain wood showed warping problems with temp and humid changes. If you use plain wood buy the best grade of fully kiln dried stock only. The second reason I did mine the way I did was I was trying to invent a process that virtually any size screen could be made from.

There have been several who have built frames based in part around my design and all reported back they are working fine,

Read thru my threads and do a search there are several good DIY how to threads in the last 6 months.


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Are you saying you stretched the screen to that? or are you using a solid screen material?
That sounds more like the border around the screen.
ahh...misunderstood your question. Yes, I'm using a solid surface screen material (Wilsonart laminate) on a plywood substrate. The frame I described is decorative and also provides a black light "sink" for any edge overscan.

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I went down to home depot and bought some 2" trim board. Then I stapled black velvet around the frame. Looks great.. really makes the picture stand out as compared to previously with no frame. Also gives a nice square picture.. without the frame the extra light on the sides wasn't getting absorbed so you would notice it was not perfectly squared up.


Check out this thread for pictures and instructions:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=652174
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I think I will go with the combination aluminum wood artist canvas stretchers that someone on here posted. and use a combination of stapled and binder clips which I also saw on here. Can't have a lot of cross bracing due to the fact it will be an AT screen.

This is such a great forum.

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