Cables are really a headache for gadget lovers like me. And till a genious will invent to transfer power with wireless, they will continue to be. I am sure that at least once, you had to convince your wife or mum to use your equipment in the desired spot. When I began to search a solution for this situation, I drew up many designs but decided to instruct this one. The advantage of this design was to kill three birds with one stone; like 1) Having a nice portraite of our son in our tv room which my wife can never say no :) , 2) A mind developer toy for our son, 3) A well hidden projector mount to suit room decoration.
Step 1: You Need:
1) One sheet of plywood
2) A decoupage machine
3) Cupboard hinge (2)
4) Cupboard wall montage kit(2)
5) Fishline(1.5 m)
6) Magnetic door holder
7) Elastic stripe
9) Spray wood paint
10) Cable channel
11) Foil printed photo of anything you want
12) A sliding puzzle to use as a design model
Step 2: Constructing the Slide Puzzle Frame and Back Cabinet
You must cut 15 slides (10x10 cm) from the mdf sheet with decoupage machine. Use your model for the shape of the edges of the slides. Then the frame (50x50 cm) with a rectangle (40x40 cm) in it. Be careful with the channels for sliding. When done place the slides in the rectangle and cut another frame (50x50 cm) for back then screw. Construct the back of the cabinet depending on the size of your projector to fit in. It's not easy but you can DIY if you have some little carpenter skills. Assembly the frame with hinges to the cabinet. Also screw the magnetic door holders parts to each side. Paint the frame and cabinet with white (or whichever color you want) spray paint. Pay attention not to paint the stripes because it prevents to slide easily, just use a masking tape to avoid.
Step 3: Mount to the Wall and Adjust the Projector
Stable your projector with elastic stripe and screws to the back of the frame. Mount the hole structure with two mounting kits to the wall against your projector screen. Use the cable channel to hide the cables. Turn on your projector and adjust the angle of the frame by screwing towards and backwards to extend or shorten the fishline which is holding the frame. Turn of your projector and close the frame when done. Apply the foil photo carefully to the 40x40 rectangle on the slides. Cut them with a model blade very slowly over the edges of each slide.
Step 4: Conclusion
It's time for you to lay down on your couch and control your PC with a wireless mouse on your big screen or watch your favorite movie. It's time for your kids to play with an amazing big size sliding puzzle when not in use. And it's time for your wife to tell your guests how her husband is creative and talented :)