I always wanted to have a secondary desktop to manage all open windows and programs at one time.
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
At first i desided where the embedded screen should be placed and how big the tft has to be.
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
Remove the stand and take apart the platic hull of the TFT.
Now the monitor is naked and you measure how big the hole in the desk has to be.
Step 3: Preparing the Metallic Housing
Because some parts of the metal would reach into the table, i cut some of them a bit smaller.
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
Now, saw out the hole just big enough to hold the modulated monitor.
I took the chance of a clean desk by giving my table a fresh glossy painting.
Step 5: Mounting the TFT
To hold the monitor in position, is attached several pieces of metallic punched tape.
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
Finally, the little groove between the glass plane and the table has to be filled.
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?