With eight rat traps and a handful of LEDs, you too can make a loud noise that looks interesting with your very own glowing mousetrap machine.
Step 1: Materials
The most important part of the project is getting the right mousetraps. Don't be tempted into buying the little ones with the plastic cheese triggers - go to Home Depot and invest in the large Victor brand rat traps. While you're there, get yourself some wood screws and a circular mounting board (13 inches diameter).
Next, you'll need some 5 mm red LEDs. I got mine from circuit specialists in Mesa, AZ - $1.64 for a bag of 100. Don't get them at radio shack. You'll need at least 24. Any number divisible by eight should be fine.
Also get some hook-up wire, alligator clips, and a potentiometer.
For tools, you'll need an electric drill or a screwdriver and lots of patience.