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120" Glacier White Screen

Built my screen today. Nothing earth shattering but I figured I would post.

120" diagonal screen. Glacier White (GW) from Seymour AV.

First off- I wouldn't staple this again. The stuff has no stretch. It was a pain to work with. I'm happy with the end result, but I would probably go with grommets next time. Also, they cut it with just over two inches to spare lengthwise, which meant I only had an inch to grab and tension on each end, which wasn't easy. Also it means my frame is inside the decorative frame. I had wanted to build it oversized and then put a decorative frame on top. Just in case the fame outline shows up after assembly. Next time I'd order a bigger piece, and go with grommets/O rings.

Shop pics: I started with 5/4 poplar. I had 12' boards to work with. Cut 4 pieces 2.5" wide. Two for the long ends, two sides from another piece and two middle supports from the last. The frame was planed flat to 1 1/8" thick. The middle supports are 1" so there's no chance they will show up.

The GW doesn't lie flat over a sharp edge, so I had to put a 1/8" radius round over on the outside of the frame. I also put a 1" round over on the inside just in case the inside of the frame tried to crease the material during assembly or if the frame didn't sit perfectly flat I wouldn't have a sharp edge showing.
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Trying to post from my phone is a pain, so I'll break it up....

I assembled the frame in the room. Pocket screws. Simple.

Then it was time to 'stretch.' Like I said above, I didn't have much edge material to work with. I tried the pattern recommended by Seymour AV. Didn't work. Started over and used the pattern from Carl's place. That worked. Used a pneumatic stapler but had the pressure turned way down to 50 psi so it wouldn't blow through. Worked great.

Hung on the wall with Z clips. Two up top about 30" in. Two on each side down by the bottom. It took some precise measuring and a later level to get everything lined up right, but 4 points of contact should keep the frame from twisting. It is in a basement.

Only thing not done yet is the decorative frame to go around the edge. Trying to get the room functional for football and company this weekend. But I'll put a velvet wrapped frame around the outside at some point. I'll update this thread with pics.

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post #3 of 6 Old 11-14-2014, 06:32 AM
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Looks cool, i like it and nice workmanship on the frame not like the hack i did.. lol

Can't wait to see a pic of it up and running... wish i had a basement.
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I'm not loving it. I can see the texture on it in bright/white scenes. I need to see if it's there if I dial down the screen size a bit. It could be SDE I'm seeing. I'm about 11'6" from 120 Diag screen. I'll cone it down and see if it's still there, but I can see a horizontal line across the top about 1/3 down the screen. I'm thinking that's the screen I'm seeing.
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Got to building the frame finally. Took one of my 1 1/8 pieces of poplar and split it at 15 degrees. That's my bevel. Then I split another piece into 1/2" strips for the edge. Nailed those together at 90 degrees, creating a very sturdy but light L shaped piece. Then I wrapped in velvet, then nailed and screwed together. Slides on top of the screen to create a clean flush installation up against the wall. Two screws on the top and bottom edge keep it in place.

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I'm drooling over the symmetry of that last picture.
Nice room too.

Easy $25 DIY black (or any color) ALR paint +$40-$50sprayer screen mix smooth/clean and very easy to learn spraying with little/no mess.
Simple $25-40 DIY black/dark-grey ambient-light rejecting screen, grab two things from a local store..mix..roll..done.
Quick <$250 dedicated black-fabric theater room "A store that sells blinds can help your picture more than a store that sells projectors many times." -bud16415
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