Introduction: Info Screen // Reuse Your Old Monitor Creatively
Welcome to my first Instructables... hope it isn't too bad ;)
Now one thing that is clear with all my creations is that I am a cheapskate who has no expensive tools and only do these projects for fun. This will become even more apparent when I maybe upload more Instructables.
Just for fun, I decided to go super cheap for this project and set myself a budget of 50€ - this included the micro-computer, all cables, the wood etc. Spoiler alert: I overshot that budget.
Just a small but important side note: I really don't have many tools, so if you have the proper tools you can make this much better. Also, my space is highly limited to a space of just 5X3 meters.
I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions/ suggestions.
- Raspberry pi (I used the raspberry pi 3b+)
Step 1: The Frame
!!Important!! Before this step, you should disassemble your monitor and check the measurements of the actual monitor part of it.
For the frame, I used some 90° wood (I don't know what the actual name is, but I have attached a picture) and cut that to length. Also, I cut the corners to 45° so that the corners look somewhat decent.
Once I did that, I glued the pieces together and created the frame.
One thing I didn't mention yet is that this was never meant to be an Instructable, so I don't have many pictures of the whole process.
During this step, I also spray painted the frame. This was a mistake as I had to re-do it all later due to scratches and stuff.
Step 2: Insert Monitor Into Frame, Glue and Add a Support Frame
This is a vital step, but also a simple one.
Center your monitor into your new frame, and glue it with a small amount of glue. During this step, lay out all your components and permanently mount them in place. To stop them from shorting, I used some old foam I had lying around.
If you want, you can add the Raspberry pi in this step if you have set it up already.
The most important step, which will affect your monitor wall mounting capability directly if done incorrectly is what I am going to explain now. You need to add another frame (this time made from "solid" wood beams) Around the entire perimeter of the monitor - permanently. You will hang the monitor up with this frame, so it's vital that this part is structurally integral.
Step 3: Add Extra (mostly Unnecessary) Components, Power, Buttons, Fan Etc.
This step is even simpler than all previous steps, including the frame.
I decided to add LED lighting on the frame, which required an 8V circuit (normally they run on 12V, but that was too bright so I switched it to 8V). That's the thing in the bottom left.
The switch and the power distribution can be seen on the left top side. I made this overly complicated - don't do that. The switch is also located there.
On the top right, there is a 12V transformer, which powers the raspberry fan (not necessary) and the LED in the switch (also not necessary).
If I knew more about PCB's and had a multimeter, which I didn't at the time, I could've powered the 12V/8V circuits from that but I didn't sooooo... I made it overly complicated.
Step 4: Paint...
Now is the time to paint your new monitor. I used black paint as it looked natural.
I don't have any pictures of this - just look at the pictures of the finished project above.
Step 5: Final Remarks, Price.
I received many questions when asked why I didn't just use a normal monitor.
There is a simple answer to that: I wanted a cheap, useable all in one that wasn't so expensive.
previously, I mentioned a budget of 50€ - long story short, I overshot that just slightly. Here's a breakdown.
- Wood: 5€
- paint: 0€ (Had black paint on hand already)
- Monitor: 35€
- raspberry: 10€ (bought used)
- miscellaneous parts: 10€ (this includes the fan and one transformer as I had the other one on hand already)
Total cost: 60€, but it was probably more like 70€ as I probably forgot something.
I'm sure there are many people with better tools could do this better but I just do not have the resources to do any better. I used a jigsaw and some wood glue, and as you may know, you can't exactly cut very straight lines with a jigsaw without extreme precision.
I hope some people try to make this - it is really simple yet cool.
Participated in the
Raspberry Pi Contest 2020