I found this microwave (pictured) lying around in the streets, I took it home with me and took it apart, meanwhile, I decided to make an instructable so you can get an idea of how to take apart a microwave and what its parts can be used for.
Step 1: What equipment you will need...
- A set of screw drivers with different shapes and sizes.
- Wire cutters
- Alligator clip
- Hammer (you don't need this unless something needs to be banged apart)
Step 2: Warning!
There is an high voltage capacitor in there that can be still charge and can give out an lethal shock.
Step 3: Begin taking off the cover
Step 4: Discharge the capacitor
You may get an loud "SNAP" (which is unlikely) and that indicate the capacitor is discharged, do this a few more time to really make sure the capacitor is discharged..
And you're done! The microwave is safe to gut out!
Step 6: What to do with all of this stuff?
Step 7: The magnetron
There is hardly any use for this device, but the magnetron have two very large and powerful ceramic magnets! You can hack the magnetron open and extract the magnets and use them for your other projects.