As we all know, there are more than 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer
. The possibilities are infinite. Yet, let's be frank for a moment, not all of these infinite things are going to be good. That is why I made a couple dozen extra projects while writing the book. Most of them were failures which will never see the light of day, but a few stood out as worthwhile projects.
One such project is embossing a notebook with gears. The execution of the project was not the greatest and I was never really happy with the fact that you never really technically ended up with anything new made out of old computers. Nonetheless, it did make into the book as a footnote to project 4, as something you can do with all of those extra gears.
Anyhow, here are some full instructions for embossing a notebook using gears, when starting with a dead optical disc drive.
You will need:
1) A broken CD or DVD drive
2) A moleskin notebook
3) A table vise
4) A C-Clamp (or two)
5) Two wooden boards slightly bigger than your notebook
6) A Phillips screwdriver
7) A computer tower or chair