The PC and internet connection is an indispensable tool to the Garage Engineer. While I have a pile of books ready for reference, sometimes it is just quicker to have Google do it for you.
I have got a PC and blue cable into the man cave, but in this case I didn’t have a convenient location for the monitor. The tower is hidden in an overhead cupboard, and I didn’t want to waste bench space on the monitor, so mounting it off the wall (or more specifically, the side of the overhead cabinet) seemed like the best place.
- Purchase a fancy-arse LCD monitor stand (new or used) from a office supplier. No thanks
- Use galvanised plumbing pipe fittings and screw together a bracket to hang the monitor. No really “built” enough for me.
- Use some scrap aluminium to build a fixed arm….yep that sounds like it
Here’s how it went.
Standard Dell 15″ monitor, picked up on eBay, three complete PCs for $100.
Off comes the stand, just four little hex head screws. Measuring up the screw spacing with a steel ruler was accurate enough. Off the top of my head they were 100mm x 110mm.
Added some layout dye to a piece of 10mm scrap aluminium plate and marked up the outside dimensions of the plate. A carbide tipped saw blade in my DeWalt compound mitre saw is enough to chop it to the size needed.
Here is a view of the layout lines up close. I worked the dimensions off the longest straightest edge on the plate which I wanted to put against the fence of the saw.
Marked in, drilled and countersunk the holes for the mounting screws, using the Waldown of course.
Test fitted the plate in the back of the monitor.
Decided to mill the edges of the plate, because I could, no other reason. The saw cut was acceptable, it was just better after milling.
Used some strips of 10 x 30mm aluminium plate to form up a “L” shape and welded it to the plate at an angle to tilt the monitor down. Use the Miller welding app to determine the suggested parameters. Found I’d need more than 200 Amps (which is the max on the UNITIG). Melted the end off a couple of 2.4mm electrodes at that current. Turned it down and had to go a bit slower.
Done better welds in aluminium, but done lots worse as well!
And the result was a monitor bolted up to the side of the cabinet! Good little afternoon project.