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|View Poll Results: What are your screen requirements? (Pick as many as apply)|
|I want something that is easy to install.||424||18.55%|
|I want something as inexpensive as possible.||372||16.27%|
|I want something less than $100.||269||11.77%|
|I am willing to spend whatever amount is needed as long as it's the best.||68||2.97%|
|I want a simple one can painted screen option.||68||2.97%|
|I want an advanced paint mix screen option.||52||2.27%|
|I want a single material screen option.||290||12.69%|
|I want something durable.||271||11.85%|
|I want an ambient light screen.||244||10.67%|
|I have light control and want a white screen.||235||10.28%|
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It seems to me, after over 6 months of lurking around and occasionally posting in DIY laminate screen threads, people having problems with the laminate staying "flat" mounted it to a wood frame. We all know that wood expands, contracts, warps, and so on given changes in temperature and humidity. Even if those changes are 1/8 of an inch, the laminate will show it. As one wood working website once wrote, "The tendency of wood to contract and expand, shrink and swell cannot be stopped. You must plan for it. Design and build with dimensional change in mind."
One poster here constructed a wood frame with spring loaded tensioners that allowed him to tighten and loosen the frame as the wood changed in size. Have a search for that if you're determined to use wood.
If you're interested in something more "rigid," may I suggest a frame constructed of lightweight extruded 1" aluminum tubing sold by the 80/20 company. You can read about one poster's build here. Over 2 years later, he has had zero problems with it. Some other pros to 80/20's Quick Frame aluminum tubing are: lightweight, cut to your exact specifications, and easy to assemble.
To be fair, wood frame pros include easy to acquire, easy to cut, easy to assemble, some woods are lightweight.
For my money, however, aluminum tubing is the way to go. And I'll be going that way Monday when I call to place my order.
Good luck, dmac.
Made a screen to experiment before finalizing the design for the 4 x 8 WA DW awaiting mounting. Others have tried it in the TWH thread. Glued a sheet 1/2" rigid foamboard insulation to the TWH. Lightweight, self standing capable, easily handled by 1 person, From what I learned doing this I will most likely use 3/4" rigid foamboard with a 1" x 4" or 6" wood perimeter frame for the WA DW mount. Instead of hanging the screen it will set on something like a shelf or 2x2 screwed to the wall. Ya, low budget and quick assembly.
Sorry, don't remember what kind of glue but used a caulk gun to apply it. Used the whole tube. Think it was Liquid Nails?
Edit, ya I think it was foamboard glue. The trick is to apply the glue in a pattern that won't trap air. I bought spray glue for the next screen.
2nd Edit: I like the foamboard backed screen because it is light enough to move by myself.