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Keyboard/Sudoku Rubik's Cube...dead computer contest

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Tired of the normal Rubik's cube challenge?   Have the keyboards from a dead computer?  Well, here is the thing for you!  The Keyboard/Sudoku Rubik's cube!

i got the idea when i popped off a key from my key board and looked at its shape, and it fit perfectly on my Rubik's cube

*thanks to the editors for the feature*
*thanks to all of you that have voted!!!*

 
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Step 1: Materials

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For this instructable you will need the following:

a Rubik's cube (maybe the one that your stickers are falling off of  =D
a tube of epoxy, or other strong plastic on plastic glue (I used clear drying)
guitar pick or razor blade
two (2) keyboards, one black and one white
small fan
clamps
fingernail polish remover/goo-gone or similar product (to remove residue from stickers)
thin wood or cardboard
flat head screw driver
needle-nose pliers
rubber/latex gloves
tooth picks
face mask (cause the epoxy smells)
six (6) plastic bags
spare thin cardboard, or something else to mix the epoxy on
dremel power tool (recommended but not necessarily needed)
roll of paper towels
lots of time
soonersseth10 months ago
Do you only remove on row of cubes, or is it vital to remove them all ?
majorson2 years ago
Funny! Learn the Rubik's Cube solution..
Now coming up with that was a great thought. Simple and really cool. I could have stared at my keyboard and a rubix cube for eternity and never considered gluing them together.
I want to do this, I experienced a hard drive error earlier this week and I think my laptop is dying. I want to have a funeral for my laptop.
laxap4 years ago
On Feb 23, in the free Swiss-French paper called 20 Minutes, they mentioned the Instructables website, illustrated by your cube!
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That's pretty awesome! He reached the news paper in La France!=P
in "la Suisse" (french speaking part of) to be exact.
Sorry for removing...=P What I ment to say is that overlord did a good job by reaching a newspaper.
Overlord5 (author)  laxap4 years ago
do u know where i could find this on the internet?
laxap Overlord54 years ago
It's no longer on their website. Hi-res version of the scan: www.instructables.com/files/orig/FHP/046O/G68GY9KL/FHP046OG68GY9KL.png
Overlord5 (author)  laxap4 years ago
thank you!!
seabananers3 years ago
awsome i can't wait till spring clean up so i can snatch someones old key board
ajjardin3 years ago
wow this is crazy. lol. too bad im on a lap top with no 10-key :(

does it only involve rubiks strategies or Sudoku Strategies as well?
Mr.A-Z4 years ago
I added some paint on each side , so I can play by the colour ,or by the numbers (of course , the number and the colours side isn't the same) . Thanks for your Instructable ! It's Very cool !!!!
naj_wolf4 years ago
I used a single keyboard, here's the result:
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Overlord5 (author)  naj_wolf4 years ago
nice!  i assume u used the letter keys, what was the 27th key u used, just wondering
At first, I used a german keyboard. So some keys may be different from your keyboard.

I used the F-keys, numpad and number keys, A-I, the nine keys in the upper right of the keyboard (page up, down, pos 1, roll etc). On the last side I put the four directions, -, /, *, ';' and _ .

Solving the cube might be very tricky, so it's just decoration at the moment :D

thanks for your instructions! I modified it a bit, but it worked perfectly!
Why do I try to describe it so hard... pictures tell more than words.

Sry for bad quality -> iPhone
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Overlord5 (author)  naj_wolf4 years ago
ah, nice work!
gurusean4 years ago
I like the way you think, I'll give it the old college try.
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Simmons4 years ago
I must add this to my stash of weird stuff I have made. Thank you!
Have you tried a cardboard computer?
Jayefuu4 years ago
Lol in the link to this from treehugger they spelled instructables instructibles. :D
jpnagle594 years ago
Hi there,
I don't understand how you removed the 'cubbies' from the Cube.

I am kind old and slow so sometimes I don't understand , do they just pull off? and in what direction do you pry them off??? If you can make this old guy understand, I sure would appreciate it...James
If you move one side so that the corners are sticking up above the surface of another side, you can pry one of the corners off and the rest will be easy to remove.  Another option is to pry off one of the middle side pieces.  That would be a piece with only 2 colors.  Again the rest should practically fall off.  Hope this helps.
Overlord5 (author)  qorlis4 years ago
yeah, if you take a flat head screwdriver and pry one of the edge pieces it should work, ill post a picture =)
Thank you sir, I do like the help.....J
Overlord5 (author)  Overlord54 years ago
your thumb works as well
Ok, thanks for taking the time to answer...my grand baby and I are going to start this on the coming weekend. Thank you again...J
Overlord5 (author) 4 years ago
i hope those pictures help you out, if not just say so and ill see if i can do something better for you =)
financial4 years ago
 i like this one, very creative
Overlord5 (author) 4 years ago
i really appreciate the comments! thank you so very much!!
Gonazar4 years ago
Could you please explain the notation for the algorithms?
is ' up or down/cw or ccw?
Gonazar Gonazar4 years ago
More specifically when your talking about R or L is R' up or down same with L'

If you consider cw and ccw then R would be up while L would be down
or are both R & L down and R' & L' up
Gonazar Gonazar4 years ago
Never mind i figured it out, R and L would be opposite so according to the cw and ccw rules

also i found a faster way to spin the top center piece 180

U R L U2 R' L' U R L U2 R' L'

(U2 being spin 180)
Overlord5 (author)  Gonazar4 years ago
im glad you got the problem figured out, but just for everyone else regular letters are cw and letter with a ' after them are ccw

and thanks for the faster algorithm!! that is way quicker than the one i found!! =D
XOIIO4 years ago
LOL I've noticed that too! Brilliant!
rko167%4 years ago
this is incredible, i love your idea
Very neat, I should go find keyboards to do this with.
geenahhh4 years ago
that is so cool.
once my computor breaks i will make this(: haha
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