Introduction: Portrait Monitor Easel - Designed by Apple in California.
This a quick one, so simple, and great I had to share. For the past week I have been thinking about setting up my second screen in portrait mode.
Mac OS X supports easy resolution rotation of most monitors, i had already flicked the switch and tried it.
The main problem, my monitor was a 'media one' and came with no form of VESA mount. So i decided the best solution would be to make an 'Easel' of sorts, to hold my monitor as if it was a painting.
Here is how i did it.
Step 1: Finding Some Good Items.
I had recently picked up a cheap stand off the back of an iMac, i figured due to its solid construction this would make an ideal stand.
I was stuck for how to make the monitor remain still. At this point i remembered that i picked up an iMac VESA adapter kit.
Both of them are made of hefty aluminum, they both read, Designed by Apple in California.
Step 2: ULTIMATE DOUBLE SIDED TAPE
Next I needed to combine the two items, thus i introduce the ULTIMATE DOUBLE SIDED TAPE
I purchased this tape during my PC modding days, its a great super strength double sided tape, its made of like a plastic gel stuff. It easily holds several pounds.
I saw i used to hold perspex windows inside PC cases, i spent 50 GBP on this massive roll of the stuff.
Step 3: Apply the Tape
I applied three strips of the UDST (ULTIMATE DOUBLE SIDED TAPE) to the underneath of the VESA mount section.
I then worked out the correct place to attach the VESA mount to the stand, i marked it with masking tape, so i could place it perfectly.
The tape is super strong, and will never budge, especially on metal like this. However, the tape can be removed and leave no marks.
Step 4: Stick Them Together!
I carefully peeled back the strips from the double sided tape, the best thing i have found for this is to use the back of an X-acto or scalpel to peel it off.
Carefully line up the pieces by eye, and place, press firmly.
You can see the tape easily holds the two pieces together, the picture shows how the tape supports the weight of the stand easily.
Step 5: Finish.
Thats it, i knocked the stand of the monitor, and sat it nicely on one side.
The final stand is very stable, and the aluminum matches in with the rest of my apple goodness.
A simple Instructable, but as you can see, the portrait screen, running at 1050 x 1680 is the perfect proportion and resolution for viewing web pages.
Just look how much of the instructables front page fits on there?
Instructables needs to be viewed in portrait, just like the rest of the internet.
As you can see, Picard approves.