Rotate or Pivot Lcd Monitor





Introduction: Rotate or Pivot Lcd Monitor

This fixture is very usefull for rotate 90 degrees the monitor in order to see o read documents in in a portrait fashion, there are drivers for video card that support this modes, in my case i use it to read pdfs.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Wood, 4 pieces, (1 column, 1 base, 2 pivots)
lazy susan or turn base,
4 screws for the monitor
3 metal angles
12 wood screws


Step 2: Attach the Pivotal Base

fix the pivotal base to the wood, previously make the drills for the screws of the lcd monitor,

the secuence of assembly:

1. the base to the monitor
2. the turn base o r lazy susan to the base 1
3. the base 2 to the lazy susan
4. the column to the system

Step 3: Fix the Column

fix the base and column with screws and the 3 angles

Step 4: Put All Together

screw the column to the pivotal base,

Step 5: The Pivot in Action

the monitor rotates with the fixture..

Step 6: Close Up of the Bearing Lazy Susan

Some views of the lazy susan used



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    How has the lazy susan held up with the load of the monitor? Thanks.

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    Five years has been working and supporting the lcd monitor

    I think this ring might be overkill. Do you really need something that's so complex? Why not simply use a door like hinge considering it really only needs to pivot 90 degrees? It would be stronger and less likely to break. I am not sure the best/cheapest way to fabricate the wall mount part with this design, though. Maybe someone else could come up with that design?

    Thanks for this guide! I did exactly this tonight and it took me very little time. I am loving having a portrait monitor next to my widescreen. =)

    Windows XP also supports a rotated LCD monitor. All you need is to press a key combination before or after rotating the LCD.

    On Dells this is: CTRL+Alt+Arrow keys

    There's No Need For A Driver, Most LCD's Can Rotate The Picture On The Screen By Either Going Into The Control Panel, Or In My Case Hitting Alt+Down..etc

    I'm thinking of doing the same thing. My question to you is does the bearing you have rotate freely, or does it have stop points, so that it takes a little effort to turn? I'd hate that a jiggle to the table could make it turn a little.

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    rotates freely but slowly, so it can stop where you want

    Very good, very simple. Although I'm slightly unsure about the lazy-susan bearing like other have said, it's likely to work fine. You could always stress-test it by mounting one of the bearings and hanging weights from it until it fails... I suspect the failure point is much higher than the weight of an average LCD screen.

    Too bad my dell 28 inch doesn't have vesa mount which Sucks... maby I can Jerry rig it! A Future Instructable!!!!!

    I modded my monitor stand to get brackets and now my monitor is held to my wall by an old antennae (from a pair of broken "rabbit ears"), it is safe (knock on wood), easy, and cheap.

    Very great instructable and comments. I gonna make one this weekend! Thanks a lot.

    ive spent the last 2 months designing and making a product that does exactly the same job as this for my college diploma, i concur with parman0 that the bearing you have used is not designed to hold a load in this plane and may fail without warning. in my design i overcame this by using an M10 screw through the two rotating plates and pre loading the thrust bearing in the rotational axis, however any method of fastening the two plates together whilst still allowing rotation should provide a safety net for your (expensive) screen should the bearing fail. i feel it would be only fair to post my version of this adaptor, and let you all give your criticism constructive or otherwise. ( users can normally rotate the screen image by using the keyboard shortcut.... Ctrl + Alt +(any direction arrow))

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    OK, i appreciate your comments, but after review this lazy susan gear i found that it is very robust and has resistance to traction sideways beacause it has a lock-stop around the circumference, as you can view on the picture attached (picture 6), i do not know what could it be the resistance of the sideways traction but i think that it will be greater than 30 Kg, and the monitor just weights 2kg.

    Be careful with the design. The lazy Susan bearing is designed for a load in the different axis. The two piece of casing may fail to hold and come off.

    Where did you get the lazy susan bearing from?

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    i get the lazy susan in the home depot...