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This Instructable will cover how to make your own DIY Cintiq made from a Wacom Intuos3 XL and a Dell 21" Monitor. It will also show how I integrated the finished tablet into a custom made digital drafting table(along with a few accessories.

I am submitting this Instructable in the hopes that anyone who wants a Cintiq and has an Intuos can have a clear and documented way of doing so. I love making DIY Cintiq's and it is the first of many to come.

I also am speeding up this Instructable to make it for the Full Spectrum laser contest so that I can put that laser and 3D printer(hopefully) to work making DIY Cintiqs. It would greatly help to make universal files for DIY Cintiqs of all sizes to be made with laser cut cases and fitted, tested hardware.

....Now on to the good stuff. :)

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Step 1: Parts and Tools Used

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The inspiration and ideas used in this instructable were started by the folks over at

There you can find compatible monitors for this project and a lot of invaluable knowledge related to DIY Cintiqs.

DIY Cintiq

Monitor Used: Dell ST2220L 21" LED Monitor

Wacom Intuos3 XL

2 X 2 Watt 4 Ohm Class D Audio Amplifier Board - PAM8803 2W(Optional)

Manhattan 161435 2600 Series Speaker System(Optional)

Screwdriver Set

IDE Cable Rainbow Colored-

Soldering Iron


Soldering Flux

Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil (the kind used for food)

Aluminum Sheets(Optional)

Thermal Paste

Copper Tape (Optional)

Wire Strippers

Electrical Tape

Hot Glue Gun and Glue

JB Weld

Double Sided Stick Tape

Duct tape

3M Carbon Fiber Vinyl (Optional)

Dremel Rotary Tool (more powerful=better)

Dremel Cutting Wheel

Dremel Drill bits

Various Metal files(If using Aluminum Casing)

Duck Plyers (If using Aluminum Casing)

Clamps(If using Aluminum Casing)

Rubber Hammer(If using Aluminum Casing)

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Digital Desk Easel

(thats what I call it)

An Existing Desk


2x4(dependent on desk size)

2x2(dependent on desk size)

Closet sized Dowel (dependent on desk size)



Drill bits

Door Hinges


Table Saw (or have your wood cut at the store like I did)

Wood Stain (Optional)

Various Nuts, Bolts and Washers( dependent on wood used)

Uffe1 month ago

Superb! Been thinking about something like this for a while now but thought it might be to much work. After reading your instructable i just put an old laptop screen on top of my drawing tablet and seems like the distance is ok as i can draw just like that. So in essence i need to get some components to make the laptop screen work on its own and build a frame.

Big thanks for this instructable, without it i might have just continued saving up for a ridiculously priced cintiq.

Lioncanvas9 months ago

Nice! How much did it all cost?

SharinganSilos (author)  Lioncanvas8 months ago

I had to buy the aluminum for the tabletsheet and the Wacom tablet. The rest of the tools were already available to me. I paid about 300$ for the tablet and 120$ for the aluminum sheet which I reused for many other projects. Thanks for reading

craftclarity10 months ago

Holy Cow this is rad. I've always wanted at Cintiq....this is super slick!

SharinganSilos (author)  craftclarity10 months ago

Thanks. Nice to hear Im helping.

This seems pretty fantastic. I must commend you on this

Thank you. :)

callmed710 months ago

is there anyway to tie in Bluetooth, headphone out, and HDMI out

SharinganSilos (author)  callmed710 months ago

Bluetooth can be achieved by using the bluetooth amp module instead of the normal one I used. I did not think of it before since I use wired turtle beaches when I play xbox. Using a bluetooth module can give any bluetooth headset owner the opportunity of also having a wireless Turtle Beach alternative.

As for headphone out, the monitor already has one equipped and I use it all the time for my Turtle Beaches(it uses the audio from digital input such as DVI or HDMI) you can wire an extra one up(as I did) but I taped mine up and left it inside the aluminum enclosure since I did not need two.

I am not sure what you mean by HDMI out as it is a monitor essentially it is only meant to have HDMI IN.

If you mean to have an HDMI OUT that mirrors whatever you plug into the HDMI IN, it should work if you use a female HDMI connector and solder every pin to the corresponding pin on the HDMI IN port of the LCD controller. This should mirror anything connected such as computers or game consoles plugged into HDMI port.