Introduction: Keyboard Centipede

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This creepy little guy is an easy way to "recycle" your old keyboard into an effective magnet.

Step 1: Parts and Materials


1) An Old Keyboard
2) A Magnet


1) Super Glue
2) A Saw
3) Pliers or Wire Cutters
4) A Solder Remover (if you have one)

Step 2: Strip the Keyboard

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Use either the solder remover or your wire cutters to take off the parts you'll need.
The parts are:

A Resister
The PCB Board
The IC Box (Thanks to Cyrozap for that)

Step 3: Make the Bug Base

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Attach the box, LED, and resister together with super glue. It should look like this:

Step 4: Make the Shell

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Cut a piece of the PCB board with the saw. It should fit over the base. Glue it on with some super glue.

Step 5: Add the Magnet

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Turn the Centipede over. Insert your magnet into the cavity of the wires.

Step 6: Terrorize the Villagers

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Let the glue dry and stick your now fearsome robot bug onto the fridge. Sit back and watch the people run in terror


ChrysN (author)2009-04-25

To get the LED to work you just need a resistor and a small button battery. You will need to figure out the voltage of the LED though, here is a good guide to LEDs:

raykholo (author)ChrysN2009-05-22

yep... just put the bug on upside down and it would look like a firefly on the wall in the dark

qporis (author)ChrysN2009-04-25

Thanks! The only problem is the LED from the keyboard is really small.

cyrozap (author)2009-04-26

The "Box" is called an IC. Look it up on Wikipedia.

qporis (author)2009-04-25

I'm really bad with electronics, so if you find a way to make his eye light up, let me know, or just post pictures, either one.

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