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snowman
01-06-2010, 08:51 PM
Just wondering if anything has done anything similar to the project I am considering. In my basement I have both my electronics bench/programming area, as well as a small relaxing area with a recliner and an old television.

They back up to each other, and with a new and difficult semester starting right now, I'd like to have an area where I can use the computer in comfort...meaning, from my lazyboy. I've used my laptop for a long time, but I'm dying to have a little bit of freedom, possibly get two LCD's and have a dual monitor setup.

I'm just curious if anyone has done a similar project. Mainly, putting the monitors on some type of swivel base so that they can be swung in front of me in the chair, or back to the desk when a more upright stance is needed.

If so, did you learn any valuable lessons on what to, or not to do?

Evan
01-06-2010, 09:57 PM
http://metalshopborealis.ca/pics3/monitor1.jpg

http://metalshopborealis.ca/pics3/monitor3.jpg

Dawai
01-06-2010, 10:57 PM
Yep.. was a dentist light swivel last time I tried this. Looked a lot like the one Evan posted there.. now it holds the monitor on the cnc cabinet.

Then, we made the ARCADE cabinet, I tried to make it look like a old pacman arcade.. bought a trackball and all.. which the wife hated.. Then she painted it green to match the walls, so she hated it too. Monitor is on a 45 degree slope in it, keyboard on a shelf right above knee level. OR she hated the idea of a gaming console that was in effect before she was born??

We still use it thou. only as wide as a chair.

They make cable-less monitor-plasma televisions if you want to get that deep into gaming and networking. I got a microsoft wireless keyboard that works across the room.

I'm personally too cheap for all that.

Evan
01-06-2010, 11:26 PM
The monitor bracket didn't cost anything. I made it from scrap.

snowman
01-06-2010, 11:46 PM
Thanks Evan...gotta look in to the cordless keyboard

had one at work, loved the thing

Evan
01-07-2010, 12:40 AM
Here is a better look at the bracket. It also allows the montor to be tilted about 20 degrees up and down. The screws on the back are standard metric and are the same as 8-32 IIRC. The pattern is also standard for all LCD monitors with a couple of sizes depending on the size of the monitor.

http://ixian.ca/pics7/monbracket.jpg

Your Old Dog
01-07-2010, 08:10 AM
I just bought a new dual cores wide screen notebook that fits on my lap perfectly. It has a 8-9 hour battery that actually last that long. It's an ASUS. It folds up and leans against my table to my recliner. I also bought a new LinkSys 802.11N wireless router which really rocks and a new wireless mouse. Perfect setup for getting on line when the TV doesn't offer anything interesting or you just want to be in the same room with the wife.