I had an old carburetor I was cutting up to make a cutaway out of, and this project just kind of fell out of my brain and splattered on the table... Why not take the other scrap part of the carb, and turn it into a MOUSE for my computer!?
That was literally the extent of my planning. Next step: have at it with various sharp instruments!
1 working mouse
2 rivets or bolts to use as buttons
Misc. nuts and bolts
Sheet metal for base
Scab bicycle tire tube patches or other thin soft anti scratch material
Drill or Drill Press
Marking tools- awl, marker, ruler, etc
Additional metal cutting tools- aviation snips, notcher, punches, etc.
Step 1: Cleaning Parts
When cleaning carbs, I have settled on a process I thought I would share here. Turns out Pine Sol makes an EXCELLENT aluminum cleaner and degreaser- so I soak the entire carb, disassembled, in a vat of it for about 24 hours.
Once the carb has soaked, rinse with warm water.
Next, using compressed air and carb cleaner, clean it all again.
Finally, spray all the parts with WD40 or another light oil, and reassemble (except... we are going to cut it up some more!)