This project is an attempt to rid myself of the traditional paper calender. I used some scrap wood to build a frame for the LCD screen I took out of an older LCD computer monitor. I wanted this to be somewhat portable so I found a monitor that will work on 12v D.C. . The Monitor only has a VGA input making it some what of a problem since the Computer output is HDMI or A/V. I was able to work around the issue with a HDMI to VGA converter cable, I also had to edit the /boot/config.txt file to force the signal into safe mode. The bottom line and lesson learned is if at all possible use a monitor with an HDMI input.
The frame is simple to build. I started by removing the LDC out of the monitor casing I used and Measured it. Using a miter box I cut the 45's needed to create a frame. I used a nail gun to secure the corners with 1 1/4 inch brads.
This is just the Back of the Monitor Notice the 4 metal tabs I used to secure the LCD screen to the frame.
This photo shows the back of the monitor the Raspberry Pi and the HDMI to VGA adapter. I used a wood screw to attach the monitor control panel to the back side of the frame out of site. I have not mounted the Raspberry Pi yet because it will require an insulator between the back of the monitor and the PC board to avoid it shorting out.
Here you see the Raspberry pi attached to the monitor. I used a thick piece of cardboard and 2 small zip ties to secure the pi to the card board. I used 2 small pieces of wood to hold the card board down. This was a great way to keep all the ports away from the sides giving me complete access to the PC board. I needed a VGA cable to connect the HDMI adapter to the monitor I secured it with zip ties also.
Here is the completed frame. I built the outer frame around the outside edge of the LCD this left a exposed metal edge around the front of the new frame. I used balsa wood to cut 4 small inner frame pieces and glued them in place with wood glue. Completing the frame.
Program your pi to display Photo's Use it as a live calender the uses are limitless. Have Fun Donovan "KF7CCY"