The director of my school asked me if I would have a go at designing and building a projector stand that could be used in any of the classrooms that need one. So, not wanting to disappoint, I gave it a go!
- Sadly, I didn’t take many photos at the beginning of this project, but you can see what I did. I started by cutting two identical upright supports. I also cut two pieces for the base, which I joined with dowels. I also gave it an underlay of scrap 3-ply to reinforce it. The uprights were screwed through the bottom with three screws each. You can see in the photo below that there are two holes drilled in. The bottom hole is for a guide bolt, and the top one is for the locking bolt. On one side I countersunk with a large spade bit for the shaft of the knob that would later be installed.
- I spent some time tidying up the stand using my drum sander.
Next I gave it a coat of clear varnish. It’s starting to look nice!
- The centre of the stand is made of two lengths of pine, joined at the bottom with a short crossbar. It was then inserted horizontally into the stand along the bottom guide-bolt. I then straightened it up, inserted the locking bolt, and screwed down the table-top. This is of hollow construction, pine framed, with twin centre bars, and 3-ply top and bottom. It was then screwed down to the centre-piece which was also reinforced with two short crossbars on either side (as you can see in the second photo below). If I get further orders for this stand I will purchase an 8’x4′ sheet of this same Boonwood and cut the base and top out of it so that they are solid.
- Testing the stand. Basically, the two uprights form jaws that camp the centre support by tightening the black knob. All is good.
- I had some plastic feet left over from building my tool cabinet last year, so put them to good use.
- Finally, I finished the varnishing, and tested it out.
- I am very happy with the result, and so is the teacher who now uses it!