But my table is too small (and most time too crowded) for two monitors standing around.
So i thought, having a display embedded flat to my desk, would be comfortable.
This is not a very detailed instructable, because i couldnt take enough and good pictures with my crappy webcam. In addition, every TFT monitor is constructed in a different way, so it wouldn't make much sense to show in detail how i fiddled around with the one i have used.
The idea is not new and it would be better if it was a touchscreen,
but it's much fun using it and was not expensive.
Step 1: What You Need
15" and a position between the keybord and the edge of the table seemed to be good.
Then i ordered the cheapest but working 15" TFT display i could find at ebay: An EIZO L350.
It is used, some years old and only analog, exactly what i needed, because my graphic card just takes one digital and one analog monitor.
I also bought a 28,5x36cm and 0,5cm thick Windowpane (usual glass)
and black silicone.
And i needed black insulating tape, some screws and attachments made of metal.
Step 2: Disamble the Monitor
Now the monitor is naked and you measure how big the hole in the desk has to be.
Step 3: Preparing the Metallic Housing
Don't have detailed pictures, but this step would be different with every other kind of monitor.
To make the framework even and as one surface, i added some fitting polystyrene around the display.
Then i covered the whole framework with black tape.
Step 4: Preparing the Table
I took the chance of a clean desk by giving my table a fresh glossy painting.
Step 5: Mounting the TFT
These are mountet to the table by screws and nuts.
Now its time to place the glass, it leaves a 1mm joint to the wood.
You can lower and higher the Display by turning the nuts.
So you lift the screen right in position.
I left the display exactly 0,5cm below the tables surface, because my glass plane needed that room.
I covered the backside of the monitor with a part of the original case.
And i mountet the display's adjustment buttons beside and the power button under the desk.
Step 6: Making It Waterproof
I recommend black silicone, because it's waterproof and elastic.
(Unfortunately, i took the wrong material, which is black but not even and flat, when it's harden.)
Step 7: Enjoy Your New Workstation
While working on this, i worried about the viewing angle and if this would be ergonomic and economic at all.
But the result blasts away every second thought.
There ar many advantages of having a screen in your table.
And because the screen and the table are even, you still can use your desk in a regular way.
Or also use it as a light box for photo slide, to copy digital images by hand, or just as a animated glowing desk pad.
(to manage two or more desktops in Windows, i recommend the software ULTRAMON. You can set different Wallpapers and screensavers, arange programs permanently to a display and do much more)
Now can anyone sponsor me with a touchscreen display?