Archive for December, 2008

MT Update – Table Body

December 29, 2008

I was able to go to Lowe’s today – picked up all the wood I need to build my table’s body.  I don’t have a very good saw, so I just used the cutting center there. The guy who helped me out was great – he suggested I just go with regular plywood and 2x4s – not to pay more for MDF or something like that. I took my sketchup model printouts with lots of measurements, and I got done pretty fast. Four legs, four ‘legs’ for the base, four panels for the side, and a top and a bottom. I used 1/2″ thick wood, and 2″ square legs. Feel free to leave a comment here if you want the sketchup model I used – or just look through the several that I attached in the previous post through rapidshare.

For the top, rather than build a frame with 4 pieces, he suggested I use a jigsaw to cut the middle portion out, so I picked up a cheap $25 jigsaw, along with the necessary blades. I got it all picked out and cut in less than an hour, so I’m pretty proud of myself, having done no more than very small wood working projects before 🙂

Planning to build this week, with pictures! Then I can disassemble my LCD…

Update

December 21, 2008

Haven’t posted in a couple of weeks…lots of action on the multitouch front, and not.

My monitor came in the mail. I started to disassemble it – just unscrewed a couple of screws and started to pry off the casing. I was talking to someone [Bridger Maxwell] about the monitor disassembly, and he told me that it was  a good idea to have your table and monitor mount 100% ready when you disassemble, so you can plant the monitor in its spot and never touch it again – the more you move it, the more likely you are to get dead lines/pixels, or break it.

So, I’ve been making sketchup models of what my box is going to look like – I’m going with a wooden frame, covered with MDF. One of my friends gave me a great idea regarding how to mount the LCD:ideaoverlay . That’s a very rough sketch, but you get the idea – I was going to use a dremel, etc., but this is so much simpler – the bottom piece would obviously be much smaller than the pic, of course.

I’ve done a bunch of sketchup models, for the various possibilities – 3/4″ thick wood, 1/2″ thick wood, with a lower frame, without a lower frame…here are all of them, from rapidshare [[UPDATE: NEW LINKS]]:

It’s winter break right now, so I’m hoping I get a chance to go to Home Depot/Lowe’s and pick up some wood. Itching to take my monitor apart 🙂

Getting a monitor!

December 2, 2008

Just won a monitor off of eBay! Yay!

Its the Acer AL1916W (19″) – nice discount, too. Much thanks to Bridger Maxwell for recommendation (http://multitouch.fieryferret.com). Can’t wait for it to come so I can RIP IT APART!

Yes! Will definitely post full disassembly pics when it comes in the mail.

Any advice on taking apart LCDs would be welcome and much appreciated (so I don’t kill it…)!

Thanks!