I sat down one day and thought about ways to simplify that process. My first inclination was to create a small box that housed everything I needed -- had an industrial strap to carry it with. I was even thinking of using old jean legs for the strap material (recycling).
As I was measuring everything out on the computer case, I realized how heavy something like that could be. I've already hurt my back a few times - didn't need to do it again. I also couldn't think of anyway to do it - cleanly... professionally. I don't mind the home grown look, but nothing trashy.
I looked at the back of the LCD - noticed the four mounting holes. The PC case has two side panels - one with a fan and plexiglass - one plain. After taking the plain panel off, I thought it couldn't hurt to try mounting the LCD to the plain panel. Here's how I did it...
Step 1: The Monitor
Step 2: Marking the Side Panel
You'll want to be aware of how the monitor will appear once mounted. Will there be enough room for cabling, keyboards, etc.
I then center punched each mark with a nail, then drilled through the panel. If you haven't drilled through metal before (and even if you have), you'll really want to do this. Drill bits tend to move all your work piece - punching them beforehand leaves a divit in the metal surface, which will help prevent the drill bit from 'walking' while in use.
Step 3: Mounting the Monitor Onto the Panel
I stacked the rubber washers two at a time over the mounting holes on the back of the monitor. I then lined up the side panel - put the screws in - along with a metal flat washer. I didn't bolt these down real agressively, but they were indeed firm. If I were to move this as often as a laptop, I would consider locking washers and some lock tite type glue onto the bolts as well. I've moved this for at least a year now - no problems.
Step 4: Mounting Panel Back Onto Case
Step 5: Mounting the Carrying Handle
As with the monitor, I first found my desired mounting points, marked them, punched the points, drilled, and bolted it onto the top panel. These holes were a little larger - I drilled using a smaller bit first, then moved onto the larger size.
Unlike the monitor, I cranked these bolts down a bit - I didn't want this going anywhere! The metal did dimple / dent a bit around these bolts - which is fine.
Step 6: Putting It All Together
Two things I changed months later.
I trimmed the handle bolts - they were just a little too long and it took all sorts of strength to slide the top cover back onto the case. Just used my dremmel - made life a lot easier for servicing.
When I first put this together, I had some small straps that I tied around the entire case - connected that to a shoulder strap. I was leery of putting too much faith into the top portion of the case - didn't want to drop it. These straps were a complete pain in the rear - and weren't needed. I'm always careful when I carry this thing around - and I think the handle / top of case can deal with the weight - so I removed them.