Drive-in movies were all about being able to sit outside while watching a film. You can make a projection stand to hold your home theater projector so you can watch films in your backyard in imitation of the old days of drive in theaters. You will need a few hardware supplies and a camera tripod purchased from a camera or electronics store rated for the weight of the projector you will be using. Your projector stand will be ready at a moments notice and can be put away after being used
Things You'll Need
- Razor blade
- Flat-edged screwdriver
- 1/2-inch insert nut
- 4-inch thick particle board
- White glue
Put a sheet of newspaper on a work surface. Measure the dimensions of the base of the front projector that will be used on the projector stand. Write the dimensions down on a piece of paper.
Put the particle board on the newspaper. Draw a rectangle that is five inches wider and longer than the dimensions of the front projector on the particle board using the pencil.
Cut out a rectangle from the particle board using the hacksaw. Discard the excess particle board.
Turn the particle board over. Apply white glue to each edge of the particle board. Cover the particle board with the velvet. Let the white glue dry for three hours.
Cut off the excess velvet from the sides of the particle board using the razor blade. Turn the particle board over.
Gouge a hole in the center of the particle board with the tip of the flat-edged screwdriver. Smooth out the hole by rotating the tip of the flat-edged screwdriver
Apply white glue inside the hole. Place the insert nut into the hole with the threaded side facing up. Hammer the insert nut into the hole with the hammer. Let the white glue dry for three hours.
Open the legs of the tripod. Set the tripod up where you want the projector to be placed.
Screw the tripod screw at the top of the tripod into the insert nut in the particle board. Put the front projector on the projector stand you have made.
Tips & Warnings
- You can use a vise to hold the particle board so it it easier to cut.
- Let the projector sit for a few minutes after it has been turned off before carrying it back into the house--this will prevent the bulb from being damaged.
- A waterproof, grounded electric cord must be used to plug into your projector when using it outside.
- Adult supervision is required when making the projector stand since cutting edges are used.