Supersize Your TV for $300: Build Your Own XGA Projector!

Courtesy Artisan/Lightstorm

The well-known auction portal eBay has just about everything. For some time now, several sellers there have offered instructions for building a so-called "multimedia projector", as well as other "bargains" designed to help the customer get a giant screen at home without too much financial outlay. This is how it works: the seller offers a PDF construction guide for $20 in a "buy it now" auction that contains everything the customer needs to know. But does it really work?

The homemade projector in action - here, testing DVD playback. Its screen size is over six feet, and luminous efficiency is 3,500 ANSI lumens. Courtesy Artisan/Lightstorm

These cheap deals were reason enough for us to take a closer look at the construction guides on offer. A sample of the three different sellers shows that for that $20, you don't get what you need: the PDF documents are so poorly produced that the construction project is more likely to end in confusion than success. For the most part, the instruction manuals are produced by self-publishers who combine rather wooden text with their own picture strips taken from private websites in a rather horrible fashion.

Bought on eBay for $20: projector construction manuals with pictures and wooden text - stay away!

While these guides didn't seem like a great deal, they gave us the idea to stage our own "do-it-yourself projector" promotion. In contrast to the eBay offers we briefly examined, you should come away from our tutorial with a good foundation for building your own XGA projector, and of course, there's no charge! In order to offer a realistic impression of the picture quality possible, our new video provides a step-by-step guide to building and operating your own projector.

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  • ak13
    I'm trying to do this project with a laptop monitor. I paused and decided to seek advice before I took off all of the tape that said "no touching"

    any advice?
  • AXIS-013
    how do you insulate the LCD screen from the ohp?
  • catsplay
    Has anyone tried working with a Infocus 97600ws display, mine has no cables.

  • Anonymous
    I followed this tutorial, it worked great but when i powered it off, and then back on the screen was black, any sugestions?
  • MENT4L
    How about using an array of ultra bright LEDs? that would solve the heat issue
  • sirrell
    Has anyone tryed it with a lower watt projector?
    Like a 350 Watt, according to specs its 3200 Lumens.
    if so how low could you go? 250watt
  • Anonymous
    Hi Dear, It is not available in India Liesegang 400 W OHP 2510, I want to try this project but problem is how to get Liesegang 400 W OHP 2510.
  • Alishba
    plz give me the conclusion of lcd projector plzzzzzzzzzzz