Posts Tagged ‘body’

Progress Update

March 30, 2009

So…went to Lowe’s (again) and got some MDF  – medium density fibreboard. My plywood had warped, and I wasn’t particularly enthusiastic about h0w the box was turning out. Great guy at Lowe’s, cut my wood perfectly and now it just has to be screwed on.

LCD monitor is a massive pain; there are these little tabs that I’m apparently supposed to pull out to detach the metal frame from the matrix, no luck. Screwdrivers are to be avoided as they could easily puncture the underlying ribbon cable.

Just a quick update; not too much action as I’m occupied with other projects.

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Back after a while…

March 9, 2009

Hi guys…
Haven’t posted in a while…heard people were actually looking at this so I figured I should post an update. I’ve partially disassembled my Acer AL1916W monitor, and I’m taking pics that should be up very shortly. I’ve nearly finished constructing my table’s body – legs and walls are done; just the top part that will hold the monitor itself to go.

I’ve planned out my monitor-holding design, so that’s good to go. I’m doing some other MT stuff right now – namely playing around with editing a book to help people get started with multitouch. Using InDesign CS4…trying to find my way around.

Just wanted to throw up a quick update 🙂

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 🙂