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DIY Projector Ceiling mounts

Hey guys, just wondering if anyone here has done their own Ceiling Projector mounts before? I have a JVC NX5 but I don't have much confidence on the mount I am currently using. I was thinking of trying the DIY route with possibly some MDF etc. I am looking for ideas on going about this route to make it stable, secure and most importantly, strong enough to support 50lbs or more.


I was thinking of doing like a box for it using MDF, but when looking at the manual, they require a lot of space on the sides, which would require a pretty huge box. Also thought of just using a board (much like the Chief attachment) then using some 2x4s to connect it to the ceiling. Also thought of a flat board that it would sit on, then suspend it from the ceiling with wire of some sort, but I doubt I could get it all the same length. Obviously it would all be painted black as well.


If anyone has done it before, can you include pics and what you used? Or any ideas in general.


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I would go with the Chief. I wouldn't trust a DIY mount with my $4000 X790R, definitely not with your NX5.

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I would go with the Chief. I wouldn't trust a DIY mount with my $4000 X790R, definitely not with your NX5.
If you use the same size bolts that you would use with the Chief to attach the projector and a 3/4 inch piece of MDF, there should be no issue holding that projector up. It's just a matter of attaching it to the ceiling the best way to make it accessible if need be. When you connect the Chief mount you attach it to the stud as well. Kind of the same idea.

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I wouldn't trust MDF to support the projector. I would recommend a good grade of plywood, instead of MDF.

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you already spent a good chunk of cash on the PJ. you will forever regret if you skimp on the mount especially if something happens
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You have a lot of confidence that you can build something that aims the projector perfectly without adjustment . How much time do you think it will take to make your wooden mount adjustable in the multiple axis you will need to align everything , vs. the cost of just buying a quality mount? If you are looking for a project and like the design element then it could be fun to try , but break down your hourly rate and I bet a chief or peerless will end up being cheaper
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You don't have to worry too much about axis adjustment if you hang the projector first nice and level, then position the screen to match for that last bit of tweaking. The easiest DIY mount I've seen used a piece of 3/4 plywood directly bolted to the bottom of the projector then the plywood slid into rails firmly mounted to the ceiling. You can also build a level shelf in a hushbox and set the projector on the shelf., The JVCs don't need to be upside down. Did one for White Oaks that was a soffit pocket. The lens needs to be no higher then 30% of the screen height above the top edge of the screen.

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I ended up purchasing a Chief mount lol. After thinking about it, although I am confident that I can build one, I would always have that thought in the back of my mind of did I really build it strong enough and is it stable.


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