Introduction: Apple G4 CUBE Tissue Box

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An oldie but a goodie, Being a macgeek I fell in love with this idea when I saw it in 2001
and I thought I would revive it for the instructable crowd.

Step 1: First You Need a Apple Cube

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Ebay, is your easiest place to find a Apple G4 cube, but for the case itself you will pay $70 and double that for a actual mac cube computer.

Step 2: Taking It Apart

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the Apple g4 Cube is a joy to service / take apart, you click down on the handle, and pull the whole computer assembly right out of the case, Put that aside
(you can still use the computer, without the shell)

Step 3: Removing the Upper Housing and Air Filter

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Four torx screws holds the top piece in place - just unscrew the 4 screws, and pull out the plastic vent,
leaving the two side panels.

Step 4: Putting in the Tissue Box

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Buy a square box of tissues, and using a small bungee cord, using the two side panels strap the box so it fits tightly between the two panels

Step 5: The Finished Product

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Now you will be the envy, or all the other geeks in your home, or office.
And when they start to cry with jealousy you can now hand them a fresh tissue.


pablobtown (author)2013-05-28

This made me want to cry when I first saw the picture...

GJERocks. (author)pablobtown2016-12-16

Then you could probably use a tissue

pablobtown (author)GJERocks.2016-12-16

That was 4 years ago man, I can't believe you just replied.

GJERocks. (author)2016-12-16

$70! I can't find it for less than a hundred at best!

rickard5 (author)2010-06-09

as an Original Day ONE Cube Owner I am appalled at this I just hope to G*D you put the left overs on ebay or to some other CUBE enthusiast to repair other cubes. I'm still sick about the guy that gutted a 20th Anniversary Mac to hack a PC in to it

TheDutchOwner (author)rickard52011-10-19

Well, admit, you rather have a PC init than a tissue box. A tissue box is way less respectfull.

Holden_vy_s (author)2010-02-03

Pretty silly, why do Apple buyers have the need to tell everyone that they use Apple products?

macgeek (author)Holden_vy_s2010-02-03

There is a book called "the cult of mac' which explains why the fan boy factor is
so high, how many people out there LOVE there dell?


Holden_vy_s (author)macgeek2010-02-04

I don't see how you can love an inanimate object though, especially a computer.

I used to own a Mac, it was an alright computer, but i never got to the stage of plastering everything with Apple logos.

macgeek (author)Holden_vy_s2010-02-04

Well, I guess I 'think different'



ElvenChild (author)macgeek2011-03-17

"iThink do you" that would make a great mac ad

macgeek (author)ElvenChild2011-03-17

iThink your right!

Holden_vy_s (author)macgeek2010-02-05

I dont think much thinking is involved...

Advocat (author)Holden_vy_s2010-02-06

Do you really not think about how involved much thinking is?

zack247 (author)macgeek2010-02-03

i do

led235 (author)Holden_vy_s2010-02-09

 Why do Windows 7 buyers have the need to tell everyone that they love their computer, when they half know how to use it and how they can't get it through their thick skulls, that on an Apple, its possible to run more than 10 applications at one time and not freeze or crash, where as a PC can only run 4 programs and then it has to take a break and it needs a reboot.

zchampine (author)led2352010-02-19

 It all depends on how much RAM and what type and what speed your CPU is, computer speed is not solely determined by your OS.

led235 (author)zchampine2010-11-18

actually i dont think it depends on your ram... the macbook air for instance, features Flash memory, no hard drive what so ever, and it has the new feature called instant on, which means that as soon as you open it up, it is ready to go... no pc can do that by the way

Holden_vy_s (author)zchampine2010-02-20

The hard drive would be a more likely candidate on computer slowness.

led235 (author)led2352010-11-18

It's like the pc says "I NEED A DRINK"
or "Get me a BEER!"

Holden_vy_s (author)led2352010-02-10

You're obviously highly uneducated in this subject so i'm not even going to bother retorting your comment.

Kludge420 (author)Holden_vy_s2010-05-15

 It is a little ironic that your comments are so ill informed yet you would say others are misinformed.

As ZChampine said RAM is the easiest way to speed up a computer if you are running multiple applications. The less memory you have the more often the system has to use virtual memory; which consists of saving memory blocks to your hard drive. Once you get the max memory for your system then upgrading the drive to a faster one might make your system faster.

Holden_vy_s (author)Kludge4202010-05-15

Sure, RAM is a vital part of a machine. Sure you will notice a difference over 256MB of RAM and 2GB when opening 10 applications at once. The problem is that RAM is almost never the bottleneck of a machine with over 1GB of RAM doing normal tasks such as web browsing. Any casual user would notice speed gains with a faster HDD or better CPU rather than 4GB of RAM. People often refer to the speed of their computers by stating the amount of RAM it has, when the RAM is usually the least impacting piece of hardware in your system.

And when he refers to CPU speed, i assume that he is talking about clock. Many casual users think that the speed of the CPU is the determining factor. I mean a 3.8GHz P4 would surely be faster than a 2.66GHz i7, right?

macgeek (author)Holden_vy_s2010-02-10

We have a BE NICE comment policy here,
lets not get into a pissing contest on which machine is better.


they're really saying "i prefer style over substance and am proud of it"

 You clearly don't know anything about Macs. As a professional developer for over 20 years I can say Macs, with the advent of OS X, show a real dedication to user functionality. Everything is designed from the ground up with the user in mind. This is hardly style over substance but is in fact solid engineering and user driven design over cost cutting and a total disregard for the user experience.

I've never understood this hatred for good design some people have. I can only assume it's because they hate themselves so project that hatred outward when they see something wonderful.

settle down. you clearly dont know anything about sarcasm.

macgeek (author)crawlingdeadman2010-06-02

I'm Jewish, Sarcasm is my second launguage


led235 (author)macgeek2010-11-18


Yes, because your comment was so clearly sarcastic and is nothing at all like what Mac haters say all the time. Next time you want to tell a joke you might want to ring a bell or toot a horn or something so people will know when to laugh. It's said that sarcasm is the easiest form of wit. To which I reply, "Sarcasm is the easiest form of blah blah blah."

did you drop your $4000 mac on your sense of humor?

I love people that say or write things that are completely devoid of humor then when you don't laugh, you know, because there was no funny, they accuse you of not having a sense of humor. Ironically it appear that YOU are the one without the sense of humor as I clearly made a joke at then end and YOU didn't laugh so let me ask you, "Did your sense of humor get violently abused in a dark alley by a gang of iPhone welding hipster-dofuses? Or are you just naturally without the ability to recognize or emit humor?" Remember, a comic doesn't say funny things he says things funny. You did neither.

yes, yes it did.

aarone (author)crawlingdeadman2010-02-04

 I'd say it's more of a "I'm pleased with the stuff I buy from Apple, so I'm proud to show it."

No doubt there are people who consider appearance to be important while choosing electronics. If that weren't the case, Electronics manufactures wouldn't take the time to make units look nice. Apple is the new cool*, but that doesn't mean it's without substance.

*I'd actually say now days that Apple was the new cool 5 years ago. I haven't been paying enough attention to know what's trending now.

Kasm279 (author)Holden_vy_s2010-02-11

 Because it kind of shows status as Macs are expensive... Remember when they used to be the cheap computer? Apple really should fix their pricing for today...

penfold23 (author)2011-01-12

Way cool. I had to have one.
It took me a couple of months trying on eBay, but I finally got one for $50

The *most* I've ever spent on a decorative tissue box.....but well worth the giggle factor!

It holds a place of honor on my computer desk in my "Home Orifice"

Zephyr Wind (author)2010-12-01

When Mac meets tissue...

...This is the result

Asmodeous (author)2010-11-29

Nice work! What else to do with it, right?

agis68 (author)2010-09-19

I have to admit it, it's nice. But what humiliation for a glorious apple box! My man you can use it for many purposes and you choose this?

macgeek (author)2010-08-07


Smasher555 (author)2010-07-27

Nice thought...

joshfedo (author)2010-05-21

And with apples competitive prices you could sell this for like $300.

NerdSquad (author)2010-05-09

 Ooh, look at that Glossy coat! Awesome!

Mikenunb (author)2010-03-03

  That is the coolest aquarium ever for a Mac fan.  Also a really nice photo.  Good job.

xxx k550 (author)2010-02-22

Would that be a iTissue?

macgeek (author)xxx k5502010-02-23

iSneeze was my thought


xxx k550 (author)macgeek2010-02-24

Ha yah i like that!

macgeek (author)2010-02-07

erikals (author)macgeek2010-02-12

were you allowed past the sign
that must have been cool visiting Apple HQ
If you do, tell Steve Jobs I said hello.

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