Back in 2007, I was struck with a common fever among digital artists: the Cintiq envy. Since I couldn't afford one, I decided to make one. After all I had a 4x5 bamboo graphire 4, how hard could it be?... Quite hard. Not only was my tablet small, but my 4x5" tv was ridiculous. Sadly, I just couldn't get it to work.
Another 4 years flew by, and I still didn't have a Cintiq. This time though, I had the 9x12 Intuos2 (the professional one) and thought I would give it another try. I scoured the internet and found some information on making my own. All I needed was a driver and a controller board. And of course a matching LCD monitor. I was set. I purchased the items on eBay and began building a Cintiq.
At first I tried making my case out of thermoformed plastic. I wanted it to look nice and shiny. So I build myself a thermoforming table. It was just a air hockey-like table connected to a shop-vac. The idea was get the acrylic sheet sagging hot. You would then take the acrylic out and try to quickly set it on the mold sitting on the vacuum table, then turn on the vacuum. I almost got it, but sadly I just couldn't get it to work no matter how many times I tried. My mold was too cold so it stiffened the acrylic, the heat was too hot so it caused my acrylic to bubble. The entire situation was just one big hassle.
But I wasn't going to give up. I had plan B: to making the case out of wood. After many hours of planning, cutting, gluing, and painting, I finally was ready to assemble my baby. My Cintiq. It was glorious. Despite some minor flaws in the viewing angles and some pretty terrible colors, I loved it. It worked pretty good too.