About a year ago I bought a projector and would set it on a coffee table linked through a 20' VGA cable to project across the room. In order to have sound with the projector I realized I needed to build an amplifier (might post another instructable for my modified lm386 amp some day). I got tired of stringing the VGA cable across the room and setting up the amp every time I had movie night, so I finally broke down and made a projector ceiling mount.
My original intention was to go wireless and purchase a wireless presentation system, but soon realized that these can cost anywhere between $100-$300. I did a little research and ended up spending about 45$ on a composite wireless transmitter and VGA to Composite converter for the computer. This did not work very well and with other tests with composite DVD players, even when it did work, the 2.4ghz signal had tons of interference. After pulling my hair out for a couple of days and some research on Instructables, I came across an Instructable for producing a cheap VGA cable for long distances. I figured I would give this a shot and ended up making this work very well. The following Instructable will document the process I went through to produce this projector mount and cable.
Step 1: The Mount
Materials and tools needed for this build:
storage chest hinges (only had 3, 4 is better)
ban saw (saw-zaw works too!)
HD-15 VGA male connectors x 2
Needed length of Cat5-Cat7 cable (5e will work fine)
As you can see from the picture, I started by measuring out the projector and cutting out the pieces from the ban saw. Then, I painted everything and screwed the mounting pieces and the face plate to the base of the mount. Next I attached the adjustable hinges. I found 3 of these at Menards for around $3.00. They are used for hinges on cedar chests and similar storage chests.