There's a number of them on eBay UK right now. One's ending in 13 hours is around £400. Someone's just listed one and it's starting at 99p (I know it WON'T stay that way). There's even a 21UX as well. I suppose the real question burning in the back of my mind is "if they're so good, WHY are people selling them?" No use for them anymore? Not quite what they expected? Any particular underlying issues? Can't justify the cost. At least with a DIY one you're building it YOUR way and you have the chance to improve on what Wacom didn't do right. I mean, really, who else but someone SERIOUSLY interested in art and/or design would cough up the money for one?
Those are generally actual retailers, or people who buy them on consignment to make a profit. Even with the 0.99 start bid they usually finish close to the actual worth and aren't worth looking at for a bargain hunter. By rare, I mean an honest-to-goodness used
cintiq. People generally don't give these things up. When the do it's because they need quick cash on a large ticket item, they've upgraded to larger unit, it's 20 years old, etc. Just like anything else, it rarely has to do with product flaw.
If you have the skills to work with resin and similar material, you personally have the ability to make a professional finished product ~ just make sure you leave an access point in case, say 5 years from now, a normal wear and tear type of situation occurs (lcds can burn out in normal uses too) . I'm working on my own intuos3 6x8 project with a 10.1" screen, so I can check any measurements if that will help. The intuos3 is as thick as a relatively thin notebook, so adding a 5.5mm screen and little amount of resin won't be that different from what your describing. Just put the wires and control on the side of the intuos inside your resin case. Or carefully arange things inside the wacom case if that's your route.
Getting upset over an lcd you haven't bought yet isn't the worse you can come across in this project. We're talking about live wires and delicate crystal displays, dangerous stuff if you're not careful (ask anyone on the forum). But you'll be fine as long as you apply some basic problem solving and thorough research before any purchases,
Bernard is just trying to warn you of the risks we all assume with a do-it-yourself, things break, people get shocked, etc resulting in extra cash and time (and occasionally band aids). But your working on a smaller than normal project, whose items are relatively cheaper. Depending on your choice, a 10.1" shouldn't run more than $70, any where from $25-$65 with shipping.
I don't have the time/patience/contacts (I get old phones from people instead of laptops with salvageable screens) to make a dirt cheap one myself, just as cheap as I can with the quality I want.
I know all that (well the safety issues and risks), I've worked with many electrical items and haven't killed any of them (many with even smaller screens, but they tend to be more durable), and I'm aware of what can happen (it still pains me when I see some people don't ground themselves AND the area they're working on! When I was first learning I did buzz myself, so I always use an anti-static strap and mat that has a built in resistor in case of shocks). My issue isn't with what can happen, it's more about not getting what I want. You say you want to build one with the quality YOU want. I'm no different from you. I want different components, that's all. I want to build it the best way I can since it is MY ONLY BUILD. Just like you I want a build that works with the quality I want. If there is a chance that I can get my criteria within my budget filled, then aren't I allowed to take that chance?
I believe there IS a chance. But I'm not getting the answers I need. I don't go to manufacturers expecting them make me something. That would be wasting their time and money. But if I go to a RETAILER and ask them for something they have and they won't sell it to me, or to work with me on their product and they flat out refuse me, I don't have a right to complain? Maybe this isn't the project for me. The procedure is sound, there is no doubting that. I want a decent screen as I'll be doing EVERYTHING art related on it. Why should I settle for a sub-par panel with poor viewing angles just so I can say "yay, I built a Cintiq!" If I'm going to be putting actual effort into this, putting my money into this, I'm doing it well or not at all.
Oh, and about the Cintiqs for sale. I don't think ALL of them there now are from retailers or people who are after a profit. I have seen some genuine used ones, though I do agree, they are hard to find. Funnily enough most of them are 12WXs... EDIT: Things may be looking up. Got an interesting email. Will need to see how this goes...