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    1st try: Housing for a bare LCD, Question for you Glassers

    Well, I'm mounting my Allbrite externally, and it's a bare LCD for those who are un-familiar. One of my problems is that the case can only be 7 1/2" tall, and the screen is only 7 1/4" tall :-(.

    Here are some pictures of my first try, i'm not completely satisfied, but it turned out better than i thought it would.

    I went to home depot and got some 24 Gauge black sheet aluminum, and went to town with a Dremel. I'm trying to avoid sharp edges, but i still have all 4 corners sharp enough to peirce skin if the thing breaks loose. I don't think i made it deep enough either, but the sheet metal was only 12" wide so i was limited as to what i could do, and i'd rather use black than your typical metal silver color. If i do go the sheet metal route, I'll use a peice of 16 gague steel as the backing plate, and cover it with another peice of black aluminum.

    To those fiber glassers out there, would i be able to use this as a template to make something out of fiber glass?

    EDIT: just measured, it's a fraction of an inch to tall, and i forgot to make it wide enough for my buttons... *sighs*
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    Looks ok just need to get straighter cuts. If thats the size you want it you could put fiber over and then straighten out the edges with some sanding.
    Starting new project. After some jackass broke in and stole my screen.

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    when you say put fiber glass over it, would that be using this as a mold, or would the glsss bondto the metal?

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    what on earth u cut that with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by djmickyg
    what on earth u cut that with?



    Quote Originally Posted by anaxagoras
    went to town with a Dremel

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    im going to try using a 1" thick pice of MDF to bolt my 10.4" screen to, and just mount video controller and inverter to back of it, should be simple

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    Yeah, i did it with a dremel. I'm considering giving glassing a try, what I have is almost the exact dimesions i want, i want it about 1/4" larger on the lenght, and 1/8" shorter on the width... it's just a bit rough around the edges

    I was thinking of mounting it to just a chunk of wood, but I want something that looks good (no offense to your plan), and i'm aware that what i did doens't quite look great either. What i'm doing is, taking out my radio, in the pod i'm going to mount some ball bearing drawer rails so that the screen will slide out, then attach the rails to hinges, which attach to a backing plate, so that it 'pop up'. now the screen is oriented in portrait mode and i want landscape, so I put an axel through the backing plate and attach it to the case i will have made for the display that allows the screen to rotate from portrait to landscape. and when the screen is fully retracted i will take the faceplate from my radio and use it to cover up the hole for a stealh setup.

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    well here is a pic of what i had done, i could go as big as 12" open case but dont want that i had cut up the dash trimming to much so now im going to get another one, my opening will be 7 3/4" and my screen is also 7 3/4" so there want be any MDF showing, iv done away wiht that datalux, and am going to order a Xenarc 10.4, witch brings to me a question why is the touch screen Xenarc 10.4 only 150 nits bright? and the one wiht the tv tuner is 500 nits? oh well ill just the the tv tuner one and add a ts to it
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    not bad, when you said MDF, i thought you meant it would be showing, lol, maybee mounted to some kind of gooseneck out of your cupholder . Thats actually looking pretty good. If i wanted to i could make my screen fit in my car, but i want to avoid cutting the dash as I hope to sell it by next summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anaxagoras
    when you say put fiber glass over it, would that be using this as a mold, or would the glsss bondto the metal?
    Nope, it won't bond to the metal.
    But fiberglass doesn't like to bend around sharp corners, so you should try to tape down the ends. When working with wood, I just staple it to the wood.
    Good luck.

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