Wooden Repurposed Laptop Display Frame




Introduction: Wooden Repurposed Laptop Display Frame

When my old laptop finally died, I didn't want all of the perfectly functional components filling up a landfill. Therefore, I salvaged the LCD panel and built a simple wooden frame to hold it for use as a stand-alone monitor. I designed this product to look good but be relatively simple to build with relatively few supplies.

Materials Required:

  • LCD panel
  • Display driver board and power supply
  • 1"x2" wood (length varies by display size) <- lumber size (actual is .75"x2")
  • .25"x5.5" ( wood (length varies by display size) <- actual size (not lumber size)
  • .25"x3.5" wood (length varies by display size) <- actual size (not lumber size)
  • #6 wood screws
  • Wood filler, glue, and finish of choice
  • Small hinge

Tools Required:

  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Saw of choice
  • Drill with driver and #6 pilot and countersink bits
  • Screwdriver
  • Sander/sand paper
  • Wood finishing supplies

Step 1: Aquire and Test Display and Controller

Before you get started, you need to get your hands on a LCD panel to get started on. I salvaged mine from an old laptop.

After you have your panel, look up its model number to find a driver board on eBay. Ensure the board you buy has all of the ports you need and is suitable for your panel.

Finally, connect your driver to your display and test with a video input to ensure both your display and driver are functional.

Step 2: Finalize Design and Cut Wood

I have attached a ZIP folder at the bottom of this step containing my display holder design as it was to fit my 15 inch 16:9 display. There are drawings in PDF and DWG formats, as well as 3D models for Autodesk Fusion 360.

Measure your panel and adjust the dimensions of my design so that the opening of the display holder is the correct size for your panel.

With this in mind, you will need to cut the following pieces from a 1"x2" board (dimensions from my design):

  • Front frame vertical pieces - 2 (10.5")
  • Front frame horizontal pieces - 2 (13.75")
  • Rear frame vertical pieces - 2 (9")
  • Rear frame horizontal pieces - 2 (16.75")
  • Back cover vertical cage pieces - 2 (6")
  • Back cover horizontal top cage piece - 1 (5.75")
  • Back cover horizontal bottom cage piece - 1 (8.75")
  • Leg (with 45 degree angle on one end) - 1 (10")
  • Back mounting blocks - 4 (1.5")

Also cut the following from the listed boards (dimensions from my design):

  • Top back cover piece from .25"x5.5" wood - 1 (15.25")
  • Bottom back cover pieces from .25"x3.5" wood - 2 (4.75")
  • Bottom inside piece from .25"x3.5" wood - 1 (8.75")

Step 3: Assemble the Frame

Assemble the frame according to my drawings.

First drill countersunk pilot holes, then screw the frame together.

Next, unscrew everything and reassemble using wood glue.

Step 4: Assemble the Back and Mark Frame

Glue the back of the display together according to my drawings. Additionally, glue scrap .25" thick wood to the inside of the back to provide mounting locations for the driver board, as pictured.

After the back is complete, place it inside the frame as pictured and mark its depth. Test mount the back holding blocks to the frame, and then mark and drill holes to screw the back onto these blocks. Remove the back and mounting blocks for the next step.

Step 5: Finish Wood and Install Leg, Display, and Driver

Use wood filler to fill screw holes on the frame, and sand all pieces of display holder.

Finish the wood as desired (I used a dark stain and a couple coats of polyurethane).

Screw the leg to the back as pictured to make a pivoting stand.

Tape the display to the inside of the frame to position it, then screw on the display. After this, screw the mounting blocks to their correct positions inside the frame.

Screw the driver board on the back of the back piece, and screw the back onto the frame, remembering to connect the driver to the display and leave the control buttons sticking out of the plug slot.

Step 6: Put to Use and Enjoy

Your display is complete! I hope you enjoyed this Instructable.

If you have any questions, you notice any errors, or you need any clarification just let me know in the comments and I will do the best to help you.


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    5 years ago

    I never considered repurposing an old computer except to scavenge a few parts.