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req
03-02-2005, 02:26 PM
so - i read about this for weeks and weeks. and it seems quite easy, and theres LOTS of help when you do it.

http://www.lumenlab.com/ <- where to buy the kit and plans. :yumyum:

http://www.lumenlab.com/forums/uploads/post-3-1082919330.jpg

http://www.lumenlab.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=4651

[lots of big pics]
http://www.lumenlab.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=4449

http://www.lumenlab.com/forums/uploads/post-3-1098760141.jpg

[good worklog]
http://www.lumenlab.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=1618

when you buy the plans\pieces, they give you acess to their help forum, and tons of customer service. i just havnt gotten myself around to building one yet. the only part you need to get yourself is the LCD monitor (and a small one can be had quite cheap now'adays)

i dont know if you wanna sticky this- but it might bring a whole new thing to some of your garage and spare MDF. i wanna start building one after i get my car done.

analogkid
03-02-2005, 02:48 PM
wow thats tempting

req
03-02-2005, 03:08 PM
it sure is. i cant wait to try it. my college dorm is gonna be the place to be.

nikosbuddy
03-02-2005, 03:10 PM
i have the lens if anyone wants to pick it up from me i was gonna do it but decided i dont have time :( ill ship it cause id like to see it used....
Mike

plyhammer
03-02-2005, 03:14 PM
wow req, I joined the site a month ago and started building the projector. I must say that this site is the real deal!

nikosbuddy
03-02-2005, 03:36 PM
you like your projector?, i was thinking abotu it but i have a 36" tv now...so i dont need a projector now :(
Mike

req
03-02-2005, 03:51 PM
yea, i almost joined like a year ago, but i didnt have the time (and it was winter then too :mad: )

i think im gonna get around to doing it. but ill need to scoop up a monitor.

nikosbuddy
03-02-2005, 07:47 PM
heres me thru one of those lens :)

http://img161.exs.cx/img161/6909/mike5qs.jpg

that lens will catch a piece of paper on fire 3 feet away, the magnification is rediculous.....
i have a hole in my shirt...

heres some other pics of other people....

http://img161.exs.cx/img161/8991/craig0jq.jpg

http://img161.exs.cx/img161/2188/nickt8ui.jpg

req
03-02-2005, 08:42 PM
very cool. i knida want to do it now, but i cant :)

that site kicks ***. hope some people take a look into it - ill post my build log when i decide to take the plunge into video.

g30ffr3y
03-02-2005, 08:51 PM
i have a projector... they are cool, but hurt your eyes after a
while if its too big... i have mine set as small as possible for
"daily watching" :rotflol:

bigbass032
03-02-2005, 10:37 PM
electrohome marque 8111 plus here (crt) I agree, to big and your eyes are :crazy:

UndercoverPunk
03-02-2005, 10:43 PM
you like your projector?, i was thinking abotu it but i have a 36" tv now...so i dont need a projector now :(
Mike

You wouldn't say that if you used a projector to any great extent. I'll never own a standard TV ever again, atleast not for my main tv.

And about you eye's getting messed up from watching it big, I don't know WTF you guys are talking about. We have one of mine set up at 126" and it doesn't bother any of us at all.

bigbass032
03-02-2005, 10:47 PM
how far away are you sitting from it? thats what makes the difference

DBfan187
03-02-2005, 10:53 PM
how far away are you sitting from it? thats what makes the difference

All the way in the back!

If you stand up and block my view, you will be in pain via rott iron chair beemed across the room @ your head. If I miss, I have 4 more tries;) If I miss those consider yourself lucky until you return!:D Seriosly, don't block my view. Ask anyone in my family and friends - they know;)

bigbass032
03-02-2005, 11:05 PM
to big of screen, sitting to close makes ur eyes :crazy: happy now? :D

req
03-02-2005, 11:17 PM
All the way in the back!

If you stand up and block my view, you will be in pain via rott iron chair beemed across the room @ your head. If I miss, I have 4 more tries;) If I miss those consider yourself lucky until you return!:D Seriosly, don't block my view. Ask anyone in my family and friends - they know;)


'ROD IRON' :blush:

nosaj070
03-02-2005, 11:26 PM
Wow thats awesome, man I would love to do that....

req
03-02-2005, 11:32 PM
itl only cost like $150 if you find a cheap + good screen :)

nosaj070
03-03-2005, 01:33 AM
itl only cost like $150 if you find a cheap + good screen :)

Can you build a HD one for that cheap? Or does it just depend on how cheap of a monitor you can find...

JimJ
03-03-2005, 02:40 AM
'ROD IRON'

wrought iron...


bishes.

jujumantb
03-03-2005, 02:57 AM
What do I get for $19.99?

You get the Lumenlab DIY 15" Projector Guide as a downloadable PDF document (guide revisions are free). You can upgrade to Version 2 (when released) for free. V.2 will contain the DIY 15" Projector Guide and instructions for building a much smaller, cutting-edge projector based on a 7" LCD panel. We will also give you access to the customer exclusive section of the Lumenlab forums where you can ask for help or advice and stay in touch with the latest Lumenlab design innovations.
I've had my eye on this project for awhile, but I dont have room for a huge vintage looking wooden crate in my place next year so I think I'll wait for the v2 plans described above and see if it becomes practical.

JimJ
03-03-2005, 03:03 AM
someone want to build me one for a small fee? :D

req
03-03-2005, 09:05 AM
someone want to build me one for a small fee? :D

whats a small fee ;)

cost of monitor + cost of components + shipping + labour?

prolly like $250 or somthin :D
depending on the monitor of course :uhoh:

plyhammer
03-03-2005, 09:16 AM
my parts alone right now are around $500. I haven't stripped my moniter down yet and if I mess that up there will go another $200. The lamp and ballast cost around $100 and the lenses were around $50. My lcd was right at $200 but I found one with a tv tuner in it.

req
03-03-2005, 09:35 AM
bah, screw TV tuner. use a lappy ;)

but if you can get your hands on a good 7" LCD you can still do quite a large monitor.

Tone
03-04-2005, 05:12 AM
Whats the smallest size you can make the box up? Guess you can use a 5" monitor if you arent wanting a large projected screen..

UndercoverPunk
03-06-2005, 09:13 PM
Thought you all might like to see the insides of a REAL projector. Or atleast what one was in 1996.:laugh: I love my projectors, even though they're huge.
http://img238.exs.cx/img238/671/whatswhat0ye.th.jpg (http://img238.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img238&image=whatswhat0ye.jpg)

http://img238.exs.cx/img238/9407/lcdbay4hk.th.jpg (http://img238.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img238&image=lcdbay4hk.jpg)
http://img238.exs.cx/img238/23/lcdscreen3vb.th.jpg (http://img238.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img238&image=lcdscreen3vb.jpg)
http://img238.exs.cx/img238/2122/maglens5lr.th.jpg (http://img238.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img238&image=maglens5lr.jpg)
http://img238.exs.cx/img238/6100/bulb6wl.th.jpg (http://img238.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img238&image=bulb6wl.jpg)

BulldogSr04
03-06-2005, 11:27 PM
Why waste money?

http://www6.tomshardware.com/howto/20041113/index.html

http://www6.tomshardware.com/howto/20041201/index.html

bonesninja
03-06-2005, 11:35 PM
'ROD IRON' :blush:wrought iron

EDIT: ah jack--if only i'd read a bit further.

UndercoverPunk
03-06-2005, 11:39 PM
And, continuted from the last post, here is "the sweetness":

http://img240.exs.cx/img240/5033/mar060060xp.th.jpg (http://img240.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img240&image=mar060060xp.jpg)
"You've got red on you."

Acidburn
03-06-2005, 11:44 PM
/\ amazing movie

req
03-06-2005, 11:44 PM
i love toms hardware. that would be another way of making the projector, but the other way is a little... neater shall we say? but both work quite well. thanks for the link Mr Dog.

BulldogSr04
03-07-2005, 12:45 AM
i love toms hardware. that would be another way of making the projector, but the other way is a little... neater shall we say? but both work quite well. thanks for the link Mr Dog.

I'm sure you could make a wooden box for it to dress it up a little bit. This way you don't have to spend the money on instructions.

goodstuff
06-27-2007, 12:14 PM
I am really thinking about doing this...anyone have any good links (the toms hardware ones are broken) to other diy projectors or experience doing it themselves?

mlstrass
06-28-2007, 03:35 PM
You can buy new PJ's so cheaply these days it doesn't seem worth it to me...

goodstuff
06-28-2007, 05:02 PM
seems like a no brainer...you can build one for 300 or pay 2500 for one of about the same quality...

UndercoverPunk
06-28-2007, 05:04 PM
Meh.

hoss
06-28-2007, 05:13 PM
interesting

adio
06-28-2007, 11:26 PM
I am really thinking about doing this...anyone have any good links (the toms hardware ones are broken) to other diy projectors or experience doing it themselves?

bump for answers

meistah
06-29-2007, 12:22 AM
http://www.tomshardware.com/2004/11/13/supersize_your_tv_for_/index.html

I'm gonna try to do that...with prices these days shouldnt cost much over 150 for the whole thing

uncfanforlife07
02-02-2008, 02:04 AM
**** ive been thinking about buying a projector but building one for so cheap would be :eek:. I wish I wasnt in a small as dorm room. i may still give it a try this summer.

RydHy3845
02-02-2008, 10:38 AM
I've seen hd projectors go for $600.I have an infocus x1 that I bought 2 years ago that looks fantastic for being enhanced defintion and I only paid $500 for that so building one doesn't really make any sense .