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Earlier this year I came across some threads about building some DIY monitor mounts, and found something I really liked. <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/494272/project-triple-screen-mount">seven9st surfer's first monitor stand</a> stuck out to me, but there were a few things I did not like about it. I wanted to have a shallower angle than 45 degrees, and I wanted something that I did not have to bolt to a desk(since I am in a college dorm).<br><br>
The first step for me was to make my VESA blocks. I cut 6 5" x 5" pieces of 3/8" plywood(which is all I had, so I glued them together to make 3/4").<br><br><img alt="IMG_4033.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/eovnu87435ds/Hackintosh%20G5/IMG_4033.jpg"><br><br><br>
I then made a template in AutoCAD and printed it 1:1. I tacked it to the one piece, stacked them, and drilled holes large enough for the m4 screws.<br>
(by the way if anybody wants the template as a printable PDF, let me know!)<br><br><img alt="IMG_4032.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/eovnu87435ds/Hackintosh%20G5/IMG_4032.jpg"><br><br>
EDIT: I've been asked for the file, but I couldn't find one, so I made a new one just for you guys at OC.net!<br>
(Don't use this picture, the PDF and Autodesk IDW file are attached, and will print to 1:1 scale)<br><br><img alt="VESA-1.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/eovnu87435ds/Hackintosh%20G5/VESA-1.jpg"><br>
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After drilling them, I sanded down the edges and painted them so they wouldn't look so tacky when done.<br><br><img alt="IMG_4052.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/eovnu87435ds/Hackintosh%20G5/IMG_4052.jpg"><br><br><br>
My monitors came in, so I placed them on the kitchen table with their stands on so I could get a feel for what type of angle I wanted.<br><br><img alt="IMG_4056.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/eovnu87435ds/Hackintosh%20G5/IMG_4056.jpg"><br><br><br>
I then bolted the VESA blocks onto the monitors to help me work with my angles.<br><br><img alt="IMG_4057.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/eovnu87435ds/Hackintosh%20G5/IMG_4057.jpg"><br><br><br>
Here is a great little fact you may not know. If you put together a standard 45 and a street 45(which is a 45 with one side male threads, one side female), you can rotate them to create any angle you want! The only drawback is that your angled pipe will be slightly higher(although still parallel) than the original pipe.<br><br><img alt="IMG_4072.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/eovnu87435ds/Hackintosh%20G5/IMG_4072.jpg"><br><br><br>
I did this to make up my angle from the center screen to the one on the right. I then made the mirror by putting the center piece on the right monitor and the angle on the center one. this made sure I had a perfectly symmetrical angle for both sides.<br><br><img alt="IMG_4058.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/eovnu87435ds/Hackintosh%20G5/IMG_4058.jpg"><br><br><br>
I tightened them up after marking where they have to be for the angles with a pipe wrench and made sure they won't sag with the weight of the monitor. I then started attaching them to the upright and T fitting, making sure everything was level<br><br><img alt="IMG_4060.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/eovnu87435ds/Hackintosh%20G5/IMG_4060.jpg"><br><br><img alt="IMG_4061.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/eovnu87435ds/Hackintosh%20G5/IMG_4061.jpg"><br><br><br>
Then, to make sure my stand can, you know... stand, I bolted the flange to a 12" x 12" x 1/4" steel plate, which I then put rubber feet on the bottom. This plate is quite heavy which is very good for what I need it for.<br><br><img alt="IMG_4066.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/eovnu87435ds/Hackintosh%20G5/IMG_4066.jpg"><br><br>
Not to finish there, I decided to do some custom wiring. I hated how this would suck up 3 outlets on my power strip, so I took a large server power cord, cut the end off of it, and mated it with 3 ends for each monitor. One plug powers all 3! To make this even better, I used a die grinder and cut holes in the pipe to hide the cables completely. You see some ugly colorful stuff in the middle of the one picture because I did the soldering outside the tubing and did not pull it all the way inside yet.<br><br><img alt="IMG_4070.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/eovnu87435ds/Hackintosh%20G5/IMG_4070.jpg"><br><br><img alt="IMG_4068.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/eovnu87435ds/Hackintosh%20G5/IMG_4068.jpg"><br><br><img alt="IMG_4071.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/eovnu87435ds/Hackintosh%20G5/IMG_4071.jpg"><br><br><img alt="IMG_4062.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/eovnu87435ds/Hackintosh%20G5/IMG_4062.jpg"><br><br><br>
With the VESA plates attached, it was time to attach the monitors. It was as easy as:<br>
1:<br><br><img alt="IMG_4073.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/eovnu87435ds/Hackintosh%20G5/IMG_4073.jpg"><br><br>
2:<br><br><img alt="IMG_4074.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/eovnu87435ds/Hackintosh%20G5/IMG_4074.jpg"><br><br>
3!<br><br><img alt="IMG_4075.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/eovnu87435ds/Hackintosh%20G5/IMG_4075.jpg"><br><br>
Minor adjustments still have to be made by loosening the pipe hangers and rotating/sliding the monitors. but you can certainly see the full picture!<br><br><img alt="IMG_4076.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/eovnu87435ds/Hackintosh%20G5/IMG_4076.jpg"><br><br><img alt="IMG_4077.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/eovnu87435ds/Hackintosh%20G5/IMG_4077.jpg"><br><br><br><br>
I certainly liked being able to have the exact angles I want on this project, and I also like that since the VESA plates can slide, I can easily bolt the 3 monitors in portrait if I ever feel like changing, and all I would have to do is slide them in!<br><br><br>
And last but not least, a test run playing Dirt 3! (Note, I have not actually played Dirt 3 in quite a long time, and I am sitting far too close to the monitors to really see properly, so the actual skill shown sucks.) But the monitors are still cool!<br>
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Enjoy! And I hope that my thread as well as seven9st surfer's will help many more people!<br>
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damn.. looks easy to do.. im going on eyefinity soon.. just gave me an idea to do the same thing.. good job man! <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Impressive work, I especially like how you routed the power cable through the pipe for clean cable management. How exactly did you do the power cable routing in the pipe, is the pipe big enough so the end connector fits or was there more involved?
 

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Nice. Build me one <img alt="biggrin.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Too awesome. Did you ever consider a table clamp version? Or would that not be feasible?
 

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Looks very nice. I'm going to have to keep this in mind, I plan grabbing 3x 24" monitors in the near future, and was having trouble finding a a mount for all 3 that was less than the monitors. Making my own didn't even cross my mind.
 

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Man make that base bigger, I would freak out putting monitors on that.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Ben the OCer</strong> <a href="/t/1195618/diy-triple-monitor-mount#post_16120219"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br>
Impressive work, I especially like how you routed the power cable through the pipe for clean cable management. How exactly did you do the power cable routing in the pipe, is the pipe big enough so the end connector fits or was there more involved?</div>
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The connectors did not fit through the pipes, but I am very handy with a soldering iron, so I cut the ends of, fished the cables through, and soldered them together at the T fitting with some slack, and pulled it all inside the T. Oh, and lots of heatshrink to keep any shorts from happening.<br><div class="quote-container" data-huddler-embed="/t/1195618/diy-triple-monitor-mount#post_16120385" data-huddler-embed-placeholder="false"><span>Quote:</span>
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Too awesome. Did you ever consider a table clamp version? Or would that not be feasible?</div>
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I considered a clamp version, and even have clamps. It's just that my desk has a vertical wall on the back so I can't put clamps there for me. I'd assume it would work fine as long as your clamps dont crush your desk.<br><div class="quote-container" data-huddler-embed="/t/1195618/diy-triple-monitor-mount#post_16121938" data-huddler-embed-placeholder="false"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Simonzi</strong> <a href="/t/1195618/diy-triple-monitor-mount#post_16121938"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br>
Looks very nice. I'm going to have to keep this in mind, I plan grabbing 3x 24" monitors in the near future, and was having trouble finding a a mount for all 3 that was less than the monitors. Making my own didn't even cross my mind.</div>
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This is exactly why I built mine!<br><div class="quote-container" data-huddler-embed="/t/1195618/diy-triple-monitor-mount#post_16121994" data-huddler-embed-placeholder="false"><span>Quote:</span>
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Man make that base bigger, I would freak out putting monitors on that.</div>
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Actually, that steel plate is about 30 lbs, and really holds this thing in place! But I did do some things to prevent catastrophe, like mounting the stand to the back of the plate. Since the monitors are front heavy, this helps prevent it from tipping foward. Side to side is then balanced due to good ol' symmetry.<br>
I've been checking my mount since this post, and so far have not found any sagging, loosening, etc.<br><br>
 

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Awesome stand, way cool! <img alt="thumb.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/thumb.gif">
 

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Awesome stand, way cool! <img alt="thumb.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/thumb.gif"></div>
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Thanks, I wonder where those awesome monitors came from...
 

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Nice work! Could you send me the PDF file? Whats the hole in the inside clamp on each VESA mount? What size Monitor did you use. I have 24 inch ones I want to mount. Where did you buy the quarter inch steel base mount? <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Awesome!!! I'm going to do this myself now that I am getting matching Acer's to flank my center screen.<br><br>
I have one quick question that I did not see answered in the thread. How did you calculate the offset of the clamps so the heights would come out even?<br><br>
Thanks.
 

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I just edited my first post to include the PDF of the template I made for making these mounting plates. enjoy!<br><br>
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You got featured on Lifehacker!!<br><br><br>
<a href="http://lifehacker.com/5914266/diy-triple-monitor-stand" target="_blank">http://lifehacker.com/5914266/diy-triple-monitor-stand</a>
 

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You sir, just made my day! I am glad everybody likes the design!
 

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Just found this from lifehacker. Nice work!
 

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featured in spiceworks through lifehacker lol <img alt="thumb.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/thumb.gif"><br>
<a href="http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/229916-diy-triple-monitor-stand" target="_blank">http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/229916-diy-triple-monitor-stand</a>
 

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Awesome job!<br><br>
Quick question for the builder: you obviously have a good "feel" for the stand and for how sturdy it is. Do you think that one could substitute an X-fitting for the central T-fitting, make 2 tiers of monitors and double it to a six-monitor stand? I think it could work, but it might be necessary to jump to 3/4" or even 1" RSC. But I'm curious if you think the 1/2" conduit & fittings could handle it, and also if there would be balance issues.<br><br>
Thanks for sharing this project!
 
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