- Stream anything from Mac OS or iOS with an Apple TV! (Airplay mirroring)
- Use it as a fully functioning PC! (with a bluetooth keyboard and mouse)
- Control your table from your tablet or phone! (with LogMeIn)
- Turn things on or off using an app on your phone or a small remote! (with Belkin WeMo or a remote power strip)
I have always wanted to do this, and when I got a 27 inch monitor for cheap, I decided to browse YouTube for some ideas. ( http://youtu.be/SxvrpkABloY?t=9s ) The best one I found I decided to build, and here is the result!
*EDITOR NOTE*: I got the glass cut finally and have posted the finished project! :D
I've got a lot of comments on my photos, be sure the check them all out!
Step 1: Disassemble LCD and Grab some Wood there Bub...
If you can't get around the pushing of a button to turn something on, think about a switch. I suggest using the wireless Belkin Switch Memo for ease of use and price. ( http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Automation-Switch-Apple-iPhone/dp/B0089WFPRO )
Once the TV or LCD panel has been disassembled, think about getting a plank of wood. My parents had this piece sitting around, but if you are getting a piece from Lowe's or Home Depot, think about the thickness of the wood, the finish, and the durability. We're going to be using screws for the assembly, and you don't want something cracking or splitting. Also think about the finished look, do you want to keep it fresh or stain it? Paint it maybe? Think about it before you buy.
Next, think about the wood. My parents had this piece laying around, but if you're going to buy a slab, think about the thickness, the finish, and the quality of the wood. Remember, we're using screws, we don't want to split the wood. Think about the finish. Do you want to paint it? Stain it? Keep it fresh looking? Also, take into account the kerf, or the thickness of the blade, when you cut. Get a pice of wood with some extra length, don' get it exactly the right dimensions. Cutting wood to the same dimensions -> ( link )