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Kevin Rye

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Digital Photo Frame 1.5

The Digital Photo Frame 1.0 is almost a year old. It’s time for a new revision.

I built version 1.0 to take advantage of all the available I/O ports on the laptop. It’s been sitting on my desk at work for almost a year and other than USB, I have never used any of the ports on the back for anything. I use the USB ports for a mouse and a USB thumb drive when I am transferring new pictures.

I also built in a case fan to keep the machine cool. Since all it does is act as a screensaver, the machine runs pretty cool. The built in fan is overkill, and a waste of space.

By removing the excess I/O ports and the case fan, I should be able to thin down the case by a lot. I always thought that the last enclosure I used was way bigger than it should have been. Version 2.0 shall be thinner, lighter, and will only have USB ports.

I would also like the thing to have a stand, something like a pedestal. Maybe I can build the USB hub into the base. I would also like to build in an IR receiver and use a remote with it.

I found 2 nice wooden boxes at the craft store for $5 each that look pretty good. I’m actually only going to use the lids. My SketchUp files show how it’s going to look. Sorry if the images are a little blurry. That’s as good as the images get when you scale them down.

FRONT ASSEMBLY

Digital Photo Frame 1.5

REAR ASSEMBLY

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PARTIAL ASSEMBLY

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BASE

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FULL ASSEMBLY

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The workflow:

I will be using the guts from the Digital Photo Frame 1.0

Digital Photo Frame 1.0

Shrink the box by 1/2” by repositioning the inverter.

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Fits perfectly with about a 1/8” around to spare.

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Dremel out the sides to accommodate the motherboard. Also serves to hold the board in place.

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Dremel detail: left side.

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The board only sticks out by about 1/4”.

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Start with the LCD.

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Make a paper mat the size of the screen. Find the center and mark with an “X”.

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Find the center of the front assembly and mark with an “X”.

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Line up the center of the paper mat and the box and hold in place with a thumb tack. This is the window for the LCD.

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Cut out the middle, sand and file.

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Check with the LCD installed to make sure the opening looks perfect.

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Now for the back: Mark a line 1/4” all around.

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... and cut.

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Cut 1” squares and glue together to make the inserts.

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Drop the top on and make sure everything fits just right. Lookin’ good!

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Drill the holes and insert the screws.

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I glued little shims in to hold the LCD in place.

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More shims.

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Drill out the fan exhaust. Nothing special, just a few holes.

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Find the center of the bottom (including the back.)

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Drill a hole to pass the cables through.

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99 cents at the craft store, and the perfect stand.

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Make the hole in the center a little bigger.

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Line them up on the center and drill holes.

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Screw them together.
I just have to find a cool base that will house the USB hub.

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The guts: Dell Inspiron P4 @ 2.2GHz (CDROM for OS install only.)

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Mount the guts in the box and pass the cables through the stand.

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Screw the back on.

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A $5 box for the base. Removed the top.

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Find the center and drill holes.

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Drill holes in the stand to match.

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Screw together.

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Looks straight.

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Glue in wooden pegs. This is where the bottom cover will screw into.

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Apply a primer coat.

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Paint white.

Digital Photo Frame 1.5

Well, after seeing it painted, I can tell you that I’m not happy with the way it looks. I’m scrapping this one. I put so much work into this that it would be a shame to delete this page. I’m calling this one “version 1.5”, as a “version 2.0” is currently under way. I am focusing on a more minimalist design.