Step 2: The LCD Surround

1| Strip out the Aluminum case of all of its innards, measure the internal dimensions of the upper case, keeping the sides as straight as possible so you get an accurate measurement.

2 | Using the measurements cut a rectangle from plywood and shape it to fit inside the upper half of the case. I used 3mm 3-ply plywood as this is what I had to hand at the time, you can use just about any thickness you like. Be aware that there are some aluminum rivets which hold the case together. You may need to make grooves in thicker plywood to make room for them.

3 | Centre the LCD panel on the board, and mark the area to be removed so the screen will fit inside the plywood. It is worth measuring the visible area of the screen and taking the time to correctly align it so that the visible area sits in the center. There will also need to be a cut-out for the menu board.

4 | I have used some scrap veneer and glued it to the from of the plywood. The veneer should exclude the LCD metal surround from view and leave only the visible area viewable.

5 | Check the wood panel still fits tightly inside the upper case.
<p>lol another guy answered it</p>
<p>Mr Grant yes it probably is possible you would just have to size it</p>
Question: Is it possible to use a bigger keyboard?
<p>I think so. You would have to make the cuts bigger if you wanted it to be integrated, but I don't know. You could plug it into the USB port and have it as an external keyboard, like with a tower computwer.</p>
<p>This is cool, i want to do the same but with a solar charged 7Ah lithium pack.<br>I also have a 15&quot; lcd in the parts bin and a wireless keyboard/touchpad, only need the raspbi and alu case :D</p>
<p>With the New Raspberry Pi 3, Wifi and Bluetooth are a Lot cheaper! But I still want Something I can charge with a MicroUSB. Anybody know how to do it?</p>
<p>Hi, I've added your project to the <em style="">&quot;</em><em style="">8 Impressive Raspberry Pi Laptops</em><em style="">&quot;</em> Collection</p><p>This is the link If you are interested:</p><p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Awesome-DIY-Raspberry-Pi-Laptops/">https://www.instructables.com/id/Awesome-DIY-Raspbe...</a></p>
Hehe, here in Finland we call the lapland lappi :)<br>But very cool project!
<p>One very cool project - I can see customization of the this project to suit the individual's needs. Could be made into a kit form and marketed or it could be cottage industry for PC enthusiast. I have been in the electronics/PC industry 47 years and this project as I said before has great potential.</p>
<p>One very cool project - I can see customization of the this project to suit the individual's needs. Could be made into a kit form and marketed or it could be cottage industry for PC enthusiast. I have been in the electronics/PC industry 47 years and this project as I said before has great potential.</p>
I made mine out of lego. I used an odroid x2 board. I powered the screen from an external phone battery charger, and the board from a 12v battery supply. The 12v supply was connected to a car usb charger.
<p>What keybord did you use???????</p>
<p>im making one! this is great!!!it is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! </p><p>im soooooooooooo happy that this does not have a 3d printer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</p>
<p>Great! I noticed your Pi looks different than mine. What kind is it, and will this work with newer versions of the Pi? Also, since you put the &quot;Fixing things that were wrong&quot; Does that mean the whole Tutorial has mess ups in it? Very Confused</p>
<p>Hi SilverJimmy! I am Sahas. I made My own version of the raspberry pi laptop. You served a great inspiration! Thanks... Check it out here: </p><p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Pi-Berry-Laptop-The-Classic-DIY-laptop/" rel="nofollow">https://www.instructables.com/id/Pi-Berry-Laptop-Th...</a></p><p>Also I have entered it into the Remix Contest, Raspberry Contest, Epilog Contest. </p><p>Thanks Again!</p>
<p>How long does the Raspberry Pi last on battery power with the 15w 3amp converter. and 8 1.5v AA batteries. I am looking at a portable project. A very low budget project.</p>
<p>In the process of building my own! This project Rocks!! Thank you for some great ideas! I love what you did here! </p>
<p>Is there an alternative to the raspy juice expansion board? They are currently out of stock</p>
<p>something like this would probably work | https://pi.gate.ac.uk/pages/mopi.html</p>
<p>I have a project of a small computer but with a DVD\CD Player. I know <br>that it's impossible to use a CD player with an Android Tablet so my <br>question is : Is it possible ? How ? (Hardware and Software ?)</p>
Would it be practical to make the case water and or air tight?
<p>Wifi, GPS, &amp; Bluetooth you decided the hard way. You can just use mini dongles.</p>
<p>Exercise me, how big the Aluminum Case should I buy?</p>
<p>Also keep the shields (wifi, gps, bluetooth..) in your mind. They all must be fit into lower area.</p>
<p>Depends on your screen size. You'll need to match it to your LCD.</p>
<p>about 7 inch lcd. A <a href="http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z0d.6639537.1997196601.4.26gwB9&id=20379451332#" rel="nofollow">25.5X16X8CM</a>(XxZxY) Aluminum Case? </p>
<p>So long as the internal space is large enough for the screen you'll be fine. Remember to account for a border around the edge to mount the LCD.</p><p>I no longer have the LapPi in my possession, or a 7&quot; LCD so unfortunately I can't take any measurements for you.</p>
<p>Oh too bad :(</p><p>I think 8cm whole tall and 4 cm per side tall is OK</p><p>Should I use bigger case like 9.5cm whole tall ?? </p>
<p>Approximately how much does this all cost? </p>
<p>from what I remember it was about &pound;200. I built it from spare parts so I can't give an exact figure. I imagine you'll be able to build it for a little less than that now.</p>
<p>make a larger keyboard and a thinner case. seriously. also polish the wood or replace it with plastic, doesn't fit well.</p>
<p>can you make me one? how much</p>
Sir, I recommend a larger keyboard.
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This is one of my first instructable but the battery is connected to the what
<p>Great project! I love homemade raspberry pi laptops ;)</p><p>Here's is a good webstore to buy the parts that you are using in your project: <a href="http://voltatek.com/en/7-raspberry-pi" rel="nofollow">http://voltatek.com/en/7-raspberry-pi</a></p>
I also am in need of a screen or a power source for my screen
how curious I am currently working on a raspberry pi laptop I call it the pi-top
I'm been thinking about making a raspberry pi umpc using a sylvania 7 inch laptop like the ones you can get at cvs pharmacy as a case. Does anyone know if the rpi will fit and if the circuitry such as the screen, battery pack, keyboard, ect. would work? <br> <br>UMPC stands for ultra mobile personal computer. (kinda like the open pandora) <br> <br>with that said please dont tell me about the red and black 3d printed cased one else has made, because that one is bulky and doesn't fold. i would try to build something much sleeker and more expensive looking.
Something like this?<br> <br> <a href="https://wiki.openjdk.java.net/display/OpenJFX/DukePad" rel="nofollow">https://wiki.openjdk.java.net/display/OpenJFX/DukePad</a>
Awesome! <br> <br>&iexcl;Alucinante! (In spanish)
What is this capable of? How much can it handle? Btw nice design mate.
It can do whatever a Raspberry Pi inside an aluminium flight case can do. Really it's a case of what can you do with it.
mate I will pay you cash + your time can you please make me one absolutely amAZING
How big and how heavy is the final product? <br>
Can you make me one? I will pay US dollars, name your price, I will pay for shipping and handling, I you want to make it! Thanks for listening, and bless your face! If you sneezed while reading this bless you, email me at nicholaslupo1@gmail.com <br> <br>
I scrolled already trough a billion pages on all diffrent sites how much did you pay for the case?
&pound;24.99 for 3 cases of different sizes. They were from Maplin.co.uk, but I can't find them listed any more.
Where can i get a cheap aluminum case

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