DIY 2:35 fixed 125 screen for anaphormic lens
I just finished a DIY project making a 125 inch 2:35 ratio diagonal projection screen.
My previous screen was a Steward studiotek 130 which most considered as a reference screen. I tried to mimic the design of the Steward screen as close as possible.
Since I do not want to spent over a thousand plus dollars for another Stewart screen and put the $$ toward an anamorphic lens instead.
I stopped by the scrap yard for some aluminum rectangle tubings but they did not have any at the time.
The screen material I got came from fleebay seller name "protheather". 54 inch by 120 inch for $87.00. His material is the real quality projector screen material. This was a gamble but he's legit seller with thousands of positive ratings.
I used cheap 2X2 pine wood as frame. The 2X2 pine wood frames were then nailed and glued with 1/2 fly wood on two side of the 2X2 to straight and prevent bending. $20.00
I used black suede fabric at Joan. I bought 3 yards and one foot which cost less than $10.00. I scouted the entire store and the black suede comes as close as it gets to the black velvet but not quite.
Four L steel corner braces from human habitat $2.50
Four L hanging braces . left over in garage
Air nail gun with 1.5 inch brad nails.
Staples with 6 mm staples
lots of carpenter clamps ( 10 total I think)
90 degree ruler
90 frame clamp.
It turned out super nice but:
Tensioning the screen fabric was not easy. I still have some waves at the right bottom corner. I will wait couple days to let the screen material stretches at room temperature before re-tension again.
I will buy some brass grommets to do the tension instead of staples.
The total project cost less than $140.00.
Even with the fly wood laminated and glued to the 2X2 frame. There were still some bowing. I will have to get some L channel bar for further reinforce, straighten, and prevent future bowing.
If I have to do it again? The answer is a big NO.
I took lots of time and patient (10 hours estimated); I can buy a 125 inch 2:35 Silver Ticket fixed aluminium frame at Amazon for $329 shipped.
I will post photos in couple days.
Last edited by annamiata; 02-04-2015 at 06:30 PM.