|Project by sandflea||posted 03-14-2008 05:31 PM||1145 views||5 times favorited||8 comments|
I just got a new camera so I thought it would be a good idea to finally show some of my stuff.
I work at a software development company and a few months ago our IT department decided to sell of a bunch of old laptops that were too slow to be useful for the company. They were selling them for only $30 so I tried to think of something I could do with one. Being a computer geek also, I remembered a project I had seen on another forum where a guy took some desktop components and a store bought shadow box style frame and turned it into a ‘digital picture frame’ where the computer is set to always run its screen saver and the screen saver simply scrolls through all the pictures on the hard drive. Remembering that I thought I could 1-up him by building the frame from scratch.
The frame is Spanish cedar with a dutch oil finish. The legs that hold it up are cocobolo. I used Kreg pocket screws to join the face to the carcass because I liked how the color of the screw heads worked with the color and grain pattern of the Spanish cedar. The backing is a piece of hardboard with slits cut into it for air flow to keep the computer components cool.
I removed the laptop guts from its chassis and them removed any hardware that was unnecessary like the speakers, keyboard, etc. I then added a receiver for a wireless keyboard and mouse combo. I flipped the screen around to face away from the motherboard and then mounted the whole thing inside the carcass I built using the mounting holes that the manufacturer built in the laptop parts to mount them to their chassis. I also set an automatic startup so the laptop boots up 5 minutes before I get to work and shuts down 5 minutes after I leave. The frame is networked with my work computer so if I ever need to add more pictures I just copy them from my work computer to the frame’s hard drive. The keyboard and mouse rarely get used but I keep them there in case any settings need to be changed or anything.
When I get the parts I plan on making a larger version of this frame to hang in my living room at home.
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