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Building a Screen for a CRT Projector

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At this point, the screen is basically complete:

To make things look a lot nicer, though, I decided to put a border on my screen. I started by putting a strip of gaffer's tape around the outside of one edge of the screen:

Then, I put another strip of tape along the front of the screen, lining up with the tape on the edge:

...repeat for the other two sides:

...and you've got yourself a screen!

Another option that can be used to create a border is to wrap velvet or velveteen (a cheaper version of velvet) around a 1x2" or 1x3" piece of unfinished pine and screw it into the front of the screen.  This material is very effective at soaking up any light that spills off the screen and to cut a nice clean edge to the image.

[Note from the webmaster: We've been asked if this sort of curtain blackout material-based screen will sag over time and require re-stapling.  The answer is:  No.  I made my own blackout material screen back in early 2001 and as of this writing in mid-2006, it has not sagged at all. In fact, it looks identical to the day I made it.  You can see pictures of my own screen in my photo gallery here, though be forewarned that the pictures are probably not all the useful as photographing a white screen with a black border isn't easy.  The most useful photo is probably this one here which shows a close-up of the border-wrapped velveteen].

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