First time/long time...Inspired by the Guerrilla Drive-in Instructable
by plusbryan, I built a temporary backyard theater. This Instructable will cover the basics on building a projection screen that won't break a budget or be pushed around by an evening breeze.
Step 1: Materials
My vision was a 8' x 16' screen. At the local Lowes I purchased:
4) 4' x 8' sheets of 7/16 OSB ($7 per sheet)
3) 10' 2 x4's ($3-4 per board)
8) 8' 2 x 4's ($2-3 per board)
1) Box of 1 5/8" dry wall screws (coarse thread) ($5/box)
1) tube of painters caulk ($2/tube)
1) partial can of white-ish paint I had around.
Other items needed for the final event were donated by friends or I had already
DVD player and amp
Speakers + 50' of speaker wire
Raiders of the Lost Ark DVD
HD Projector (courtesy of my employer).
Step 2: Assembly
Like I said before, the vision was a 8' x 16' screen. Once I mocked this up with the 4 sheets of OSB, I quickly realized there was no freakin' way I could erect this and have it safely stay vertical, without buying more lumber. Change in plans...8' x 12' is manageable and still an impressive size for a backyard.
Step 3: Assembly
After settling on the layout, I then used the 1 5/8" screws at every 2 feet. I wanted to keep this something that can be easily taken a part or modified. On the outside edges of the OSB I screwed into the edge of the 10' 2 x 4. Then where I joined the 2 horizontal sheets with the single vertical sheet, I screwed into the face of the 2 x 4. Probably not needed but it seemed to add surface area to screw to.