Introduction: Curiously Strong USB Mouse

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I was really really bored at work so I made this. I used a mouse with a broken cord and an altoids tin. This is fairly sloppy. I didn't have much for my normal supplies and didn't really take my time cutting. However overall this works well and looks cool.
USB Mouse
Altoids Tin (Full Size)
Small Amount of Foam Board
Double Sided Foam Tape
Box Cutter

Step 1: Choose Mouse

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I used this basic microsoft mouse because it was there for me. These aren't the cheapest so I suggest digging around a big (thrift stores = old junk heaven). After you've made this important decision its time to take it apart. Theres normall a few screws under the slidey pads (very technical term) after that it pretty much falls out of the top.

Step 2: Choose Housing

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I chose good ol peppermint altoids well... because I had it in my pocket. I don't think anything but the full size tins will work well for this however. If you find otherwise post it up so we can see.

Step 3: Examine Your Parts

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I figured I needed the clear housing around the LED so I permanently affixed it to the board. The wheel is just too big and I wanted to keep it looking like an altoids tin so I didn't use it.

Step 4: Fitting Your Board

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With the Clear section on it raised quite a bit to just sit in the tin. I used double sided white foam tape and a couple peices of foamboard to give it enough height to be flush with the bottom of the tin when its in place.

Step 5: Cut the Hole

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I measured the board and where the optical parts layed out and then marked on the bottom with tiny scratches cut lines. I made it so it went as far back as possible so the top had plenty of room for making useable button flaps.

Step 6: Clickers

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First I cut down the middle of the top of the tin. I cut about an inch long which is enough to keep them somewhat firm but easy enough to use. Then I just traced along the edge around to make the 2 flaps for pressing the left and right buttons.

Step 7: Making the Connection

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As is the clickers won't hit the mouse buttons. I used 2 small peices of foam board left over to make the perfect connection. Eyeball the space and just cut it from a guess and if its too big just cut it down until it can sit somewhat like this. I fit them under the ridge of the tin then for now used tape to keep them in place. The pressure is enough to keep them in place but just in case I used the tape.

Step 8: Uncut the Cord

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Since mine didn't have a cable I have to solder on a new one. If yours did all you have to do is plug it back into the board and cut the cord slot. (Since I am soldering mine from another usb cable I am going to just use a hole if you have the connector you can just cut a slot.)

Step 9: Success

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Use in public and be praised with wha? If anyone can figure out how to fit a wireless one into this post it up. I can't find a resonable mouse thats small enough with batteries to fit. Thanks for checkin this out!


ethan124 (author)2009-11-07

 the Microsoft wireless notebook  optical mouse 3000 is pretty small it might work

jas330 (author)ethan1242009-12-20

the microsoft wireless notebook optical mouse 3000 will fit i own the mouse and i have tried it

Krayzi99 (author)jas3302011-07-21

logitech m305 works perfect

thoraxe (author)2009-06-11

aww you should have kept the scroll wheel....i'd prefer a scroll wheel to a right click anyday

wiljo94 (author)2009-04-17

can you use a ball mouse for this instead of one of the light ones?

jeoncs (author)wiljo942009-04-17

eh I don't think it would fit (thats what she said)

mason0190 (author)2009-01-21

smart!'' i oughta try dis i got much tins and a new soldering iron too itl work perfect!

jeoncs (author)mason01902009-01-21

My only dissapointment was I wanted to use my Creme De Menthe tin but I forgot it at home :/

jeoncs (author)2009-01-17

@ Budsiskos & Spoonty: Thanks!

budsiskos (author)2009-01-16

very cool

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