@jcasman Good question! First, the frame: I’d reinforce the corners rather than running struts across the middle. I thought the struts would be dual-purpose, holding in the display as well as strengthening the frame, but as you can see in the pics the frame is bulging a little on the left side. I think I’d strengthen the corners and then just put a couple of blocks about 40% of the way down to hold the display in place. These would be screwed to the side of the frame rather than running the full width or depth across to the other side.
Second, I’d fully disassemble the display, taking the LCD controller and power circuitboard out of their metal housing, to decrease bulk and weight.
Third: shorter cables. Everything I’ve used for power, usb, etc on the back side is what came with each piece, so a full-length power cord, full-length USB, full-length HDMI… All of that adds bulk. I’d get the shortest versions possible next time.
Fourth: glass mirror. While the glass+mirrored film works, it was a pain to get the film to adhere properly, with bubbles or cat hair in between it and the glass, and took a long time to fully cure. The end result, as i said, works, and the text is quite legible through the film, but the mirror does have a bit of a funhouse effect (note top of door on the left).
All said and done, this gives me a great idea of how a finished version could look and it lets me move it around to try different positions, walls, rooms, etc. Doesn’t feel like I wasted any time and I’m not really out of pocket for any of the parts except the film.