Got a LCD flat screen that has gone out for you?  Too many "taps" on the screen to get that web browser moving "crack" now you have a pretty rainbow.  Well inside that thin wonder of a screen are some pretty neat parts that you can recycle and make a few practical everyday use products.

My son, Brennen, and I have come up with several useful products from that flat screen.  They include this instructable, a cutting board, we also made flashlight light diffusers, notebook sheet protectors and a great windshield ice scraper.

Will try to set-up an instructable for each but once you open up that flat screen you may figure it out we go on the bread/cutting board.

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Pull out that dead flatscreen.  If you don't have one I would suggest going to your local e-cycle drop off and they will most likely be happy to give you a dead one and then bring the unused parts back for proper recycling.

Tools needed: Phillips screwdriver (small and #2), Flat screwdriver (to pry open outside covers).

Tear down is quit simple. Remove the stand, a few screws that hold covers on,  outside plastic covers snap on so alittle work and they will pop off.

Some things to be careful about are - some capacitors on the inside boards, nothing major like an old CRT but be aware, sharp edges on some of the metal parts (we don't want any blood on the cutting board yet), usually two fluorescent lite tubes (they will go the width of the screen, toothpick size in diameter and usually have a pink and white rubber type wire attached) don't break them they are the same as a regular home/office fluorescent tube and contain a small amount of mercury so recycle or use in another project.


Now that was not hard at all.

What we find inside :
-Plastic covers (recycle)
-The first outside layer is the digitizer, haven't found any use for this (recycle).
-Several layers of thin plastic sheets (maybe we could use these as notebook sheet protectors or cut out circles from the opaque one for a great flash light diffuser?)
-Circuit boards (small one is the best ice scraper I have ever used and I live in N. Wisconsin) . If the screen was only cracked but still lit up the HVT & Power supply board may be worth some cash on an on-line auction.
-AND.....the plexi glass....."the cutting board"
Most of these are almost 1/2" inch thick and tough as nails, I gave out dozens of these to all my "green" friends and they just love them!

Check out the next frame for some extra ideas with this cutting board.


Well a board is a board, you got it in your hand right now but lets make it alittle better.

Remember that monitor stand we took off?  On the bottom should be four rubber feet to be removed to make your new cutting board stable on the counter.

One other add on will send you to the local e-cycler.  Stop by and see if they have any older rear projection big screen TV's.  If they do ask for the outer plastic layer (this is the stuff that made it hard to watch the TV at an angle, it's like mini-mini corrigated cardboard).  Cut to size and glue this to your cutting board with the groves going up and down and you have the BEST non-slip cutting board ever.  You can fillet a fish one handed!

Hope you enjoy your new "green" cutting board!

Remember to recycle any unused parts!

Scott (Dad), Brennen (Son)

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    7 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I've made a few of those (before finding this instructable), and they are excellent. The totally smooth surface makes it really easy to keep clean.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    It is great to see someone else recycling the excellent resources in LCD screens.
    I was pulling apart LCD's nearly all last year to measure the layer thicknesses as part of a research project. Just like you and your son I have salvaged a whole lot of useful materials. The materials are very special of the highest quality and thickness is controlled to the highest precision. It is almost a shame to use them for something as prosaic as a cutting board but then I have a ruler made from one of the long narrow circuit boards. i{^_^}
    I have to say though things must be very different in the US. I never saw any layers thicker than 1mm let alone nearly 1/2". Also I notice the LCD in the picture above is almost square???
    I also should add to the warning you gave about sharp edges. In all the LCD's I pulled apart there were two layers of very thin glass with razor sharp edges. The glass was covered with two layers of plastic ~90 micron. Between the glass layers was the very thin layer of liquid crystal compound that we were told by the manufacturers contained some poisonous additives. I got a cut from the edge of one of these panels and it was like a paper cut on steroids. It took nearly a month to heal and stung the whole time. Make sure that anything you will use for food or even skin contact is completely cleaned.
    Usually the light source was a cold cathode tube with some mercury in it. The amount is very tiny but if you are salvaging parts from a lot of LCD screens it would be advisable to work in a ventilated area in case of tube breakages.
    If you are careful you can salvage a lot of great materials that are almost unobtainable anywhere else. (I even salvage the nuts and bolts and I strip every appliance for bits before I dump.) Right now I have 3 ancient laptops sitting outside my office ready for, fun fun.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Are these plastics food safe? I would never think of ingesting any shavings or breathing in the particles when I worked with plexiglass.

    4 replies

    Yes they are safe!!!!
    The LGP (Light Guide Panel) is made of transparent acrylic.
    Google up "acrylic cutting board" and you will find that they run about $16.00 for a small thin one, from hundreds of sources.
    Acrylic has a 93% transparent rate (makes it the clearest materal known), is light in weight, will not yellow, will not get brittle and scratches can be buffed out.
    Acrylic is used in the food industry, aquariums, hospitals, "popes" booth, airplane windows, 1 inch thick it is bullet proof and best of all it will not dull knives.
    Wish you would of made a comment on the instructable itself also, instead of trying to look for a possible drawback of the project my son and I made.

    1. I am commenting on the instructable itself.
    2. I have never taken apart an LCD panel so I do not know exactly what type of plastic the internal parts are composed of.
    3. I have had a few plastic cutting boards from slabs to the flexible chop and scoop types.  I no longer use them after I noticed that my knives do cut and can create tiny shavings off of them. I have worked with acrylic and polycarbonate materials for building materials and do know of their properties.
    4. As a parent too, I have concerns about subjecting anyone to particles that may not be good for you.

    In no way am I looking to degrade your instructable at all.  And all the better that you worked on it with your son.

    No ill feelings meant by my comments or have been received from you.  Thank you for your comments, the more information on anything the better.  As an engineer and a parent of a son with many allergies (latex, milk, beef, soy, eggs) I understand your concerns of indigestion or contamination by any products.