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"Hidden" Projector Shelf

Do you have a large projector, but no where to place it to project it onto the wall. You just keep it in storage, then when you have a group of friends over, you have to readjust it on the table to center it on the wall/screen. You won't have to do this anymore...

Here's my solution to the problem I had. My room is small (and finally finished, now to move everything back in) and not alot of room for everything I have, so I improvise to make everything "fit". I didn't use my projector a whole lot (usually on a screen I put up outside for our firepit gatherings. It's a 8'x12' :) ), but when I did, it was a pain to setup. I also wanted an area to practice with my plastic bb pistol, so I solved my problems with this idea.

I had already made this shelf, so I made up some plans in paint so you can follow the basic steps on how to make one of your own ;)

There's a short and long version of video below. The long version may take a while though...

 
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Step 1: Materials and the basics...

Materials you'll need (you can also improvise, as I did):

1. Wood boards (amount depending upon the size of your projector)
2. Two hinges
3. Right Angles/brackets
4. Screws/Nails
5. Screw driver/hammer
6. Jig saw/hand saw/circular saw (etc.)
7. Tape measurer and pencil
8. Router (optional)

The basic design as depicted below is that the shelf would fold down to allow you to place the projector on the top while the other shelf supports it. It would fold back up to take up less space after you were finished using the projector.
ANDY!1 year ago
Oh sweet I have the same projector!!! That thing is built like a tank!
zachninme7 years ago
I like it! Very good! Creative, good use of space!
FrenchCrawler (author)  zachninme7 years ago
Thanks, now to find a place for my books :P
In my last(ish) place- a loft with NO hidden storage space, I created a coffee table and nightstand by stacking groups of similar size books against each other and topping with inexpensive specially cut glass. If you have floor space this works.
i want to say that your projector should be AT LEAST 12-24in away from anything behind it. but i could be wrong, but then again, i also could be correct too
slim_jim6 years ago
One hook on the wall is going to support your $800 projector? Not very reasonable, unless the projector belongs to someone you don't like.
FrenchCrawler (author)  slim_jim6 years ago
No, the hook is only there to hold the shelf up when it's not in use (I store my projector in my closet). When I want to use the projector, I unhook the shelf, lower it down into position and take my projector out of my closet. The shelf is supported by hinges that are fastened into the wood with long screws so it's very unlikely to just fall apart. PS: The projector only cost me $350 (I include S/H when I quote prices) off of eBay and the bulb hasn't hit its half life mark yet.
Then I apologize. There are just so many blindingly dumb ideas on this web site, I assumed this was another. Actually, I thought it was pretty cool you live in a log house. Come to think of it, there is a shelf next to the bed where I used to keep my lcd monitor. Sorry to be a jerk.
FrenchCrawler (author)  slim_jim6 years ago
No problem.