Step 1: Tools and Materials
- A small piece of thin plastic sheeting (I used an old plastic credit/membership card)
- Super Glue
- Double sided adhesive tape (I used a type with thin foam in between the adhesive sides)
- X-ACTO or other sharp utility knife
- 3/8" Electric drill
- 5/16" to 3/8" drill bit
- a small punch (a small nail or screw could serve as well)
- a hammer
- a pair of scissors or kitchen shears (able to cut through the plastic)
- two small clamps to secure pieces while applying the glue
Step 2: Cutting the Pieces
Step 3: Assembly
1) Back piece with rails and filler stacked on top of it. Use the shutter to help align the rail spacing, BUT DO NOT GET ANY GLUE on it - use the glue sparingly and apply from the outer edges to minimize glue in the rails (area where the shutter needs to slide). I used the clamps to hold the rails in place till the glue was dry/set.
2) With all the previous parts securely glued in place, place the shutter in the rails, and make sure is moves back and forth freely.
3) Glue the front in place, on top of the rails and filler, lining up the hole in the Back. Again, take care with the glue, you can be a little sloppy at the "Filler" end, but extra careful not to get glue anywhere near the shutter.
4) Place a piece of doubled sided tape on the back. Choose whatever type you need for your system (depending on whether you have a rough or smooth surface to mount the shutter).
Step 4: The Final Product
Step 5: Lessons Learned
1) Thinner plastic would be better, so something like Mylar (with just enough thickness for some stability).
2) Black or a very dark brown or blue would be best, to reflect less light.
3) The hole or aperture of the shutter assembly needs to be either slightly larger (go with at least 3/8") or, with the thinner material, it can be positioned closer to the surface of the computers camera to avoid vignetting.
4) One other thing, some computers may need other cutouts for microphones or special sizing depending on where the camera is located. Also, some computers may use the camera or another sensor nearby to detect light for screen brightness adjustments, just FYI in case the screen dims every time you close the shutter.