End of Days Monitor [Part III] (Final!)

Posted on March 21, 2012

To be honest, I kind of wish I never called this a steampunk monitor, because people have certain expectations of steampunk. It’s a provocative buzz word, and I’m guilty of trying to appear in search results. Really, this is more of an “industrial grunge” or an “End of Days” monitor [Editor note: I originally titled all my posts Steampunk Monitor but have since changed them, and the accompanying URLs]. Anywho, onwards!

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.7
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • ISO: 200

Here’s the frame all painted. I used wrinkle black to get a rough texture, and it came out quite nicely.


Continue reading for the rest of the build, and the finished glamour shots
  • Aperture: ƒ/16
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • ISO: 200

I used a plug cutter to drill the holes, they made a nearly perfect sized opening for the 1/2″ copper pipe, I used some sand paper wrapped around a ratchet handle to smooth it a bit and get the sizing perfect.


  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • ISO: 500

These holes had a zero tolerance sizing, I had to hammer them in like pressure fittings. Mmmmm how I love well measured work.


  • Aperture: ƒ/22
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • ISO: 200

From the back side I used JB weld epoxy, and plugged the back holes. Some added stiffness for the protruding heavy piping.


  • Aperture: ƒ/22
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • ISO: 200

I screwed down the base, only two screws from the outside (each). Since I’m not actually using it for piping, I think the two screws should be enough.


  • Aperture: ƒ/22
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • ISO: 200

Frame + Base. Starting to come together!


  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • ISO: 200

Getting ready with some flexible piping. Excited to add some more copper!


  • Aperture: ƒ/3.8
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • ISO: 200

Right about now it looks ready to brace some sprouting plants. That’ll change.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4.2
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • ISO: 200

Bent around! I twisted the backs together to hold them into place while I skewered the inserted ends.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4.2
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • ISO: 200

And that’s it for the accessories! Time to put the screen in and started preparing for the final build.


  • Aperture: ƒ/3.5
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • ISO: 200

Real quick test with everything to make sure I didn’t break anything in my “adventures.” All good!


  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • ISO: 200

Mounted the back to the frame, and voila!


  • Aperture: ƒ/5
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • ISO: 200

Glamour shots


  • Aperture: ƒ/5
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • ISO: 200

Boy she shines


  • Aperture: ƒ/5
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • ISO: 200

Soooo…anyone want it?



Seriously though. I’m selling it.This monitor has already been claimed. I built it for the sole purpose of selling it when I finished. Contact me if you’re interested. I’m not charging a lot, I’m asking $175+S/H (or local pickup). The monitor itself is a 17″ 16×10, 1920×1200 gorgeous ultra fine pixel pitch.


  • Very cool, keep up the awesome posts

  • Joe Bruno IV

    brilliant work.  you were right, no need to let the copper oxidize, it looks grungy as is.