Introduction: How to Make Your Own Scratchtable

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How to make your own Scratchpad/Turntable using a pizza box and an optical mouse!

Watch the video for an overview.

Step 1: Supplies

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the supplies you'll need.

- 1 pizza box
(used or unused) in this case we're cheap so it's used and greasy.

- 1 optical mouse

- tape

- screw long enough to go through two pieces of cardboard

Step 2: Mark and Cut the Box

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Mark a 1in X 1in Square on the lid of the box
Flip the Box over and mark a 6in diameter circle on the bottom.
Cut out the square and the circle making sure to keep the circle intact.

Step 3: Attatch the Mouse

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Attatch the mouse to the inside of the lid using tape. Allow the "eye" of the mouse to look through the square you just cut.
Close the lid allowing the mouse cord to come out the side.

Step 4: Screw the Turntable On

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With the box right-side-up, screw the cardboard circle into the lid of the pizza box ensuring that the side of the circle overlaps the mouse "eye".

Step 5: Face the Music!

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The moment of truth!
Plug the mouse into your computer, open your favorite mixing, DJ program and test it out!
In my case I used FutureDecks Lite for Mac OS. There are comparable programs for Windows and Linux.

Rock Out!


pboom (author)2011-06-11


Meragness (author)2007-10-05

eew. nice grease. thats the FIRST thing i want to rub all over my mouse and hands. maybe an unused pizza box would be more appealing (for me) thats a cool idea though

If he uses a pizza box and the mouse is reading it go back and forth, can't you scratch by hand to mouse

yeah you can but thats harder and doesn't have the same effect (and way less fun :P )

dabusff (author)2008-03-24

*cough* 90%< *cough*
*cough* every game ever *cough*
what's with the MSC (mac superiority complex) everyone has?
Just because your computer doesn't have corners or a logo with colors doesn't make it any better
In fact, it just makes it more incompatible.
I don't particularly like Microsoft, but come on, man! you can't say that if it wasn't for the 'Microsoft Office for Mac' deal MS wouldn't exist! That's complete horse s***! And maybe your pretty little white box crashes less. But for comparable computing power it could cost twice as much. I'll agree with you on the virus thing, and i think that Mac's have a lot of fun software, but i don't see Microsoft going away any time soon.
I do want and iPhone though...

agent1022 (author)dabusff2009-05-13

Totally agree here. I recently got a Macbook and I keep getting continually disappointed that I can't run any of my favorite programs *cough*FL Studio*cough*. I keep wanting to go back to my PC...

gbone93 (author)agent10222009-12-19

 you can run anything you can run on windows on a mac

WhiteTigerTails (author)gbone932010-03-13

Oh yeah!? Right click!

 ctrl click
buy a mighty mouse
tap with two fingers rather than one

Can you use keypad gestures to zoom in/zoom out/rotate ect without extra software or hardware?

scott! (author)anonymouse1972010-11-27

On the new MacBooks you can just use the lower right corner of the trackpad

Limnox80 (author)2010-11-09

what progran did you use for that?

scott! (author)Limnox802010-11-27

On the last step he says FutureDecks Lite for Mac OS, but I'm pretty sure you can really use any software that you can scratch in, like DJay or Virtual DJ

l337phoenix (author)2007-10-02

Any programs for the PC that this works for?

hack124x768 (author)l337phoenix2007-10-03

TerminatorX is a good linux one.

Can you help me out with tX? I'm having some issues getting it to run.

Ward_Nox (author)l337phoenix2007-10-03

there a linux based prog they showed on AOTS (i think back when it was screen savers) but i for get the name

Oily Seldon (author)l337phoenix2007-10-02

It can be any program on any system that has onscreen slider buttons But if you want names try Cubase Nuendo Audacity Even if you wanna be fancy with your volume on iTunes or Winamp, its still the same principle

wolf5370 (author)2010-06-01

Do you mean when Apple accused MS of stealing the windows/mouse technology from them that they stole from Xerox? MS only has more viruses because it is more popular and big companies run on it - if Apple had the same market share, it would be Apple that had to run Virus Checkers 24/7.  Mac even dumped their hardware and moved to Intel - it more of an OS difference (and styling - really important!) than anything else - and its multiples of the cost like for like.

19samman98 (author)2009-11-27

the video got taken off put it on again

AdamVigneaux (author)2009-10-29

The world runs on Windows.
The world runs on Microsoft Office.

Suck it up.

Over 80% of all computers are running Windows, and over 70% are running Windows with the full Office suite.
Almost all offices have completely Windows computers.
Suck it up.

The Mac OS will always be superior to Windows in many ways, and the design of all things Apple will always be superior to anything that runs windows. But, those are insignificant in the long run.

robdun (author)2009-09-29

True but who has the higher market share? Also you guys need to thank Microsoft, if it wasn't for them balling mac out when they were about to lose everything, than mac's wouldn't exist today.

WillTheRescue (author)2009-04-26

I'm sick today, and stuck in my room most of the day. It's 90 degrees in here and it sucks. I've been debating to go downstairs and take out my CDJs cuz I've been craving some DJing lately. This was the perfect thing to keep me entertained today! and so brilliant!

Brother_D (author)2008-11-13

Awesome idea! But it looks awkward to use. Your hand in the video seemed like it was having trouble rotating the disc smoothly.

pleereef (author)2008-07-19

Very cool idea! Have you tried giving a live gig with them?
We did something similar but then with TOILET SEATS. Check it out here: PleeReef @ YouTube. We're | touring through Europe with our ToiletStation right now :)

electrofry47 (author)2008-03-24

Can't we all get along i have both systems p.c. desktop and a mac laptop great for dj's and hackers/ modders on the go.but the only downfall of the mac all my favorite software dont work with mac

rocksalt2342 (author)2008-02-17

nice point,but, no ones dissing apple...

chalky (author)2007-10-03

you could have just used the pizza itself and "hey presto" edible decks LOL when you get peckish take a bite from your deck (I'm joking by the way)

ledzep567 (author)chalky2007-12-30

chalky, you wouldnt happen to be a member on would you? anyways, what DJ program would you recommend for a Emachines running on windows? (nice instructable by the way)

sk8terhippy (author)chalky2007-10-03

yo chalky how do you get a picture in front of your name in that little box instead of a gray dude. im new so could you help out a little

To change your picture, go to the profile settings, upload a picture, and select it as your "Display Picture"

noahms456 (author)2007-10-13

Cool idea, and simple enough that someone ought to have thought of it first. For the previous posters who didn't like the grease and the sound, I think they miss the point that in about 5 minutes with some noodling and an old pizza box, you can "scratch", no matter how it sounds. Bravo, keep up the good work.

paulm (author)2007-10-08

yuck. the grease is not exactly great for th comp... 1 take your time, 2 use a clean box 3 don't loop 5 secs of music 4 record the sound from your comp...

vehicle (author)2007-10-05

so dirty!

dominic.tarr (author)2007-10-04

wow, this is cool. how hard would it be to plug 2 mice into one computer?

JakeManes (author)dominic.tarr2007-10-04

It would be as easy as plugging another USB mouse into the back..............

dominic.tarr (author)JakeManes2007-10-04

sure, but what about configuring the computer so that you have 2 mouse pointers and they can both be used at the same time? i think you would need to write some software to do that especially.

JakeManes (author)dominic.tarr2007-10-04

Ohhhhhhh. 2 mice pointers
I was thinking having 2 imputs one mouse, we screw around with peeps in the computer lab by hooking up our mouse in the back and messing around.

Oh and that sucks that its for mac. IMO Macs suck. They base their whole product line on the fact that their users can turn a computer on or send a simple email.
Windows (blech I know) and Linux FTW.

dietz1 (author)2007-10-04

It sounds like you're scratching with a pizza box too! Hooray!

damntourists (author)2007-10-03

so you have to hold down the right click on the track pad in order for it to work, which leaves you with no hands left to cut

jakee117 (author)2007-10-03


diylover (author)2007-10-02

Way to think outside the box hahaha

Oily Seldon (author)2007-10-02

Hey yeah, thats a good idea i always hate trying to use my mouse on onscreen slides and the likes on audio programs, good work But maybe a clean pizza box would be good for long term use haha Cheers

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