This Instructable will show you how I built a large Digital Picture Frame, that will blow away anything you can buy at the store!
My Frame uses a 15 inch LCD monitor, that I had laying around the house, but theres no reason you couldn't use a larger one.
This is how I built it, use it as a guide to come up with your own Super Duper Picture Frame!
Step 1: The Monitor and Frame
As I said in the intro, I just happened to have a 15 inch LCD monitor I wasn't using, that was perfect for this project, laying around.
IMPORTANT: Make sure the monitor you use has NO buttons on the front of it.
This is so that, when mounted to the wood picture frame, the buttons wont be pressed against the back of the glass
IMPORTANT: Make sure the monitor has a flat frame on its front side
This is so that it will sit flush when mounted up against the glass of the wooden picture frame.
- To prep the monitor for mounting you will need to remove the bottom mount, and the plastic back cover. (I would guess that this would void the warranty of a new LCD)
I had the wooden picture frame made at a local framing shop. It's a "shadow box" style frame without a back and has hanging brackets added.
You will have to measure the dimensions of the LCD's Viewable area and get them to cut the matting of the picture frame so that only the LCD's screen is visible.
-Mounting the LCD-
I had some tin lying around, which I used to fabricate the mounting brackets (using a Dremel Rotary Tool). To attach the brackets to the LCD, I used the screws and holes that originally held the LCD's plastic back piece on, and then used wood screws to attach the brackets to the picture frame.
Take your time and make sure that the LCD is square and true (look at the front...not the back!) and then tighten down all the screws.