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Have an extra LCD monitor laying around? I think most of us have upgraded their screen or TV at some point to a larger one and have their old one collecting dust. If you have the space, why not put it to good use and create a coffee table with a built in LCD screen?

- 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!

 
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Step 1: Disassemble LCD and Grab some Wood there Bub...

Careful when taking apart any TV or LCD panel!! I cannot stress this enough! Disassemble the plastic housing around the TV or LCD panel. Don't worry if you need to chip the plastic or break some buttons, just make sure that you don't have to fiddle with a remote or pressing of any buttons to get the TV or LCD to recognize your input device. Min was a TV, so I tested hooking up a PC, a Mac, and an Apple TV to test the three ports (HDMI, VGA, and DVI) to make sure I didn't have to fiddle with any buttons for the TV to turn on and recognize my source.

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
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great idea! doing that this weekend! but I'm going to put Plexiglas over the TV just to prevent any accidents. awesome project! really great! can't express how great this is haha.
LCD end tables with wireless HDMI inputs, setup a media computer and run music through speakers around the room. Put them all on a visualizer in any media player. Best party effects, ever. This is totally the shit, and thank you for this constructable, instruc-table, instructable!
ssmith1551 year ago
This is a really kool idea very impressive :) 5 stars!!
Wow James, I'm super impressed! Didn't realize you were such the wood craftsman! I especially like all the final touches you put on it.
jaycruz (author)  dbernstein-freeman1 year ago
Why thank you Day! :D I just added some under glow lights, and the feet are going to raise it up to let air flow.
nerd74731 year ago
wow I like the instructable I would like to do someting similar with a monitor my uncle gave me
just curious, how easy would it be to make an lcd a touch screen for a project like this?
ideaknock1 year ago
Wow! great! I want to make one
nerd74731 year ago
Hey what tools could I use on a bedside table to make it like this?
nsagez1 year ago
A simple mod would be to put hinges which could be hidden and arms on each side so you can adjust the monitor
How high is it?
maboy1 year ago
Splendid Idea. But are those Nintendo 64 games propping up the table?
jaycruz (author)  maboy1 year ago
Just temporary. I added the wooden triangles in later steps. I'll update the video to show the completed project.
maboy jaycruz1 year ago
But those poor poor games...
jaycruz (author)  maboy1 year ago
:( They will live on forever in the form of a ROM and emulator. A moment of silence for the silenced PP7.
pfurgiuele1 year ago
This is an awesome idea, love it! It would be cool to add a piece of glass over top the table to prevent the screen from being damaged.
Monomann1 year ago
Nice work son! It will look sweet in your new place! :0
pcherepnin1 year ago
That's a great idea! And there is plenty of space to continue working on it and enriching it, adding different thing and functionality
jaycruz (author)  pcherepnin1 year ago
Anything goes! MAME fun anyone? :D
tjboak1 year ago
This is fantastic! This would make couch potatoes everywhere drool... more than usual. What I would like to try is making the coffee table top detachable and rigging it up so it can be tilted upward vertically so you don't have to watch a horizontal tv. Then when you're done, you can just push it back down and it's a table again.
Great job!
jaycruz (author)  tjboak1 year ago
Totally saw a youtube video of a guy who made a table like mine, but he had a hydraulic system that raised it up so you could watch it head on. It was nutty. lol
calumam1 year ago
Brilliant idea, I'm getting rid of a monitor of my own after purchasing a Nexus tablet and found this very interesting for an idea. Look forward to seeing it with the glass top, are you using black rubber circles as the spacers? about 5cm in diameter. Only problem you may have with the glass will be the reflection caused between the gap in between the LCD and the glass, but that depends on the height you raise it.
jaycruz (author)  calumam1 year ago
I was wondering about it getting too hot with the glass on top. I was going to get wide, clear spacers. about 8 of them Make the four on the outside corners be bigger than the four near the inside corners. But we'll see when the glass is put on. As for the clearance between the glass and the table, it will be minimal, but heat will have to be taken into consideration.
redman32601 year ago
I like it a lot. You can have pics of the family scrolling when you have visitors. Very cool.
jaycruz (author)  redman32601 year ago
Good idea. Have a slideshow going of the previous family get together.
Awesome project! This would be amazing with a touch screen all-in-one PC.
A Raspberry Pi would work great in this setup. Less power consumption & less heat would be generated.
jaycruz (author)  jpharrington1 year ago
I'm not too knowledgeable with the RPi and what it can offer. I need to install some kind of remote desktop or something I can control from my phone or tablet. I don't really want to have a mouse and keyboard on the table at all times.
what about the g4s overlays from PQ labs? Its a overlay that gives multi-touch to any monitor. there is different versions, 2, 4, 6, 12, 32 points of touch. they are not exactly cheap but something very very cool
Eh Lie Us!1 year ago
I most certainly will NOT disregard that Lego gun, sir!
jaycruz (author)  Eh Lie Us!1 year ago
You will DISREGARD that Lego gun right now, good sir!
Man, that thing shoud have it's one instructable or at least make a cameo appearance in the background. It still cracks me up! :)
alster771 year ago
niiiice, love it!
elroy721 year ago
You should consider grounding the screws that hold the motherboard to the side of the table. You don't normally need to worry about this in a computer case because the base itself is metal and grounded through the power supply.
jaycruz (author)  elroy721 year ago
Didn't even think to ground the screws. Thats something I really should have thought of. Thank you. I'll have to re-evaluate that and find a way to ground it.
An easy way to do that would be to solder a wire to a screw and the other end to the power supply case. Takes about 2 mins, I had a similar issue with a case I painted inside and out. One of those facepalm moments
askjerry1 year ago
I can't disregard the LEGO gun... it has me in it's powers...

What? Oh yeah... nice table!
jaycruz (author)  askjerry1 year ago
I asked you nicely to disregard that Lego gun...

What you choose to do is your own fault, sir.

And thank you!
:o)
Just a note... Especially with larger LCDs and Plasma displays, be very supportive when placing the screen in the "frame" as sometimes even the slightest flexing with crack the screen.
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