2023-12-08 (F) Weekly Summary

I needed a computer monitor for my cyberdeck and decided on a 7-inch touchscreen model. I found a cheap one for USD 40 and drafted a footprint based on its dimensions. I added holes for five 12mm tactile button caps and mounting holes, but I need to gather measurements for a suitable protoboard before cutting.
Screen panel draft

I used a laser engraver to cut the faceplate and tested the button caps. The yellow caps were too snug, so I widened the holes with a knife. Then, I painted black and yellow stripes.
Screen panel cut and painted

I installed the 7-inch screen with M3 bolts, but it was shorter than expected, leaving some red PCB visible. I decided not to create a bezel to cover it. I also swapped the encoder caps on the MIDI unit and plan to use a 24" hardboard for mounting.
Fastened screen and buttons

I chose birch plywood for the surface that would hold my screen and MIDI sections. I will cut out sections for the components to pass through and drill mounting holes to secure the sections. I ordered black hex socket bolts to complete the look.
Marking a plywood sheet to hold the screen and MIDI sections

I brought my plywood and power tools to the maker space. I used a handsaw and sandpaper to cut and finish the edges, then drilled and cut the interior sections with a jigsaw. I did a test fit of the screen section and had to trim a bit near the switches. The MIDI section required a lot of odd-shape cutting, but I worked it into the custom hole after nearly a dozen modifications.
Screen and MIDI sections in place

I painted the faceplate black, added a second coat, and protected it with polyurethane. I will use the same technique for the bottom, and this was my chance to test it. A yellow and black bezel would probably be overwhelming, so I picked a glossy black.
Black paint and polyurethane

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