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I was sitting on my couch the other day, trying to play something on my laptop (can't remember what), and the framerate and low resolution were bugging me.

"Man," I thought, "I wish I could play on my desktop AND watch my large TV (I like to game have something else on), but my desktop is on the other side of my apartment!"

So, I built a solution!

Parts and cost:
- Monitor (I chose a TV because I wanted speakers and price was right - 22", 1080p) - $122, on sale
- Trunk - $15, Craigslist
- TV Mount - $40 (could have gotten for less, wasn't patient tho)
- Cloth - ~$12, 2 yards
- Padding - $16
- "Light duty" staple gun + staples - $15
- Bolts for the mount - $1
- Power cable - $8
- 6 pack Leinenkugel - $8

Total cost after tax (approximately): $250
Labor: ~2.5hr
Worth it: Definitely. Original and a great talking piece (and it works well, too)

I didn't really take pictures as I went, but its a fairly easy concept to follow.

Take your raggedy old trunk, mount the monitor/TV, punch a hole in there somewhere to run cables out of, pad the top to cover the bolts, and boom, "console" gaming wink.gif (get it? Its in a trunk, also sometimes called a console? Haaaaaaaaaaa) I already had a 50' HDMI cable and a bunch of USB cables, so the trunk also contains a USB hub for keyboard, mouse, and controller. I suppose I could keep an XBOX or something in here as well.

Look at the pics and tell me what you think!

Start with an old trunk (this is apparently a toy chest, 36" long, 16" deep)

I was happy to see it already had the chains to help it stay open slightly tilted back.

This is the mounting bracket I used (those are the bolts I bought separately). The mount tilts, swivels, and extends, but I don't allow it to extend until I find a way to make the whole thing stable enough for that.

Then I padded and covered the top. I used two layers of the padding/foam so you really cannot feel the bolts in there. I didn't do the best job (first time trying, my mom laughed at it), but it can always be redone.

Another shot of it a little closer...

Aaaaand enjoying the fruits of my labor (Saints Row 3).

I covered the bottom of the inside as well as the whole thing smells musty (I used some bleach and water to clean it). I put some "fragrance" on the cloth used here to help it smell better.

Some more pictures.



Edited by fball922 - 1/26/13 at 12:46pm
    
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