So you like to take stuff apart and salvage stuff?! What do you do with those PCB boards after you take stuff off of them?

Well i made a Binder... its quite heavier than a regular binder, but its also stronger and looks kind of cool.

For this project i used the following materials

Wire Cutters
a Knife *
soldering iron
screw driver
a "dremel tool"
a paintbrush (mainly for cleanup or dust-off work)

PCB boards **
a Regular cheap Binder (if its used even better, free stuff rocks!... make sure it still works tho)
2 Screws with their nuts (around 0.5" long)
Contact cement ***
a sheet of foam ***
a bunch of jump rings (small rings used mainly to make Charm Bracelets)

*necessary to cut foam and pry stuff off your PCB, anything that does this job will do
** as big as you can get em, for this project you will need at least 2 sheets (11.5 " x 10.25") and 1 (11.5" x 1") minimum
*** Optional but you may decide to use Them in the end (it protects the back of your notes and also gives a padded support)

I have been asked where did i get those huge PCB's here is my response: (if you know the name or kind of the equipment im talking about please comment, so others know where to look :)

Well im not sure what it was, there were 2 huge metallic boxes (the kind you put on a rack thing) On the front one reads " COGNEX 2000 vision systems" the other one reads "Turbo HR+ ESI vision products" on the back both have around 4 camera outputs and the second one also has some serial ports marked "SIO"
i found this picture of one of the PCB sources
Box 1

i assumed they were some part of a closed circuit "surveillance system"... basically when they throw away stuff at the electronics department @ school they let us take what we want XD

UPDATE!!! googfan said he found some Server PCB's that are quite large, hope it helps

SAFETY FIRST! please! when using a cutting tool, or when you are prying things off your board wear eye protection, and cover your nose, i don't think PCB "sawdust" or solder fumes are good for your health, also i had a few close calls before i decided i HAD TO use the glasses

Step 1: Design

This step is important if you want the end result to look cool.

First of all measure your Old/Cheap Binder, you will need to know the size of each panel (from now on i will call them Front, Side and Back panel) as well as the placement of the "clamp" (thanx to technodude92) when i say placement i mean to check the location of the bolts that hold it to the back panel or side panel (depending on the binder you want to make)

i wanted to make it bigger

cheap/free old binder
front and back: 11.5" X 10.25"
side: 11.5" X 1.5"

My Binder:
front and back 12.5" X 10.5"
Side 12.5" X 1 5/8"

while you are measuring consider how the board looks, is there a component that stands out?, would it look better as a side panel or front panel? if i cut it this way this component has to be desoldered or cut in half?... be creative
<p>Hey man. I work as a student technician at my school and have access to a bunch of motherboards. I don't have what you have, but If you really could I would love some kind of instructable on how to make a binder out of motherboards! This would mean a lot to me, and I would really appreciate it! If you can email me about this, as I see I'm making this comment a decent while after this instructable was made! someone please help!</p>
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&nbsp;Holy crap, what's that front panel from!?!? Even a mobo doesn't have that many IC's!! I gotta get myself one of those!<br /> <br /> Awesome project, great idea. I love it.<br />
Your little yellow BATTRAY would LEAK soon or later.... and damage your other stuff, papers, boards ....u should take it off, this one.
i really dont know the internal structure of Lithium Batteries but, they are not electrlolitic are they????, i dont think it would have leaked... and as i said before, that battery sadly fell off and got lost, it looked pretty nice tho so even if i still had it and it leaked i'd probably just seal it off with some sort of resin
seal it off by resin-paint, maybe it ok. dont forget to seal the tiny trought-hole also....but these rust could crowl bellow green-resin of copperline. ive seen it before, just check your oldy abandoned board if u wanna be sure of. M/B manufacture might aware of it, and replace it with button Batteries. ;otherwise use button Batteries as replacement. u could add a flip-flop activated by a switch, it would glow when the book being token from it places or being opened... if u good on microcontroller like atmega128 + tiny wires + smd stuff(took it from your abandon boards), u could do more with it... ;) Lot of Love dude. u are creative. i like your idea.
thanks, it means a lot, im glad so many people liked it :)
lol that looks cool! I had a bunch of old server boards but then I ripped out some of the ICs and sold the boards to the scrap yard!
I came across 3 server pcbs that are twice as big as what he's got.
Great i think I'll update the instructable to include that, so many ppl are asking about it XD
Commercial PCB shops use strychnine during the fabrication process, so BE CAREFUL !!! Wash those hands. Also, FR4 is the most common material and it is fiberglass, so the dust from it will mess you up as well. Personally I would stay away from cutting up PCBs. It's not worth it for something that will probably be tossed in a few years anyway.
I love this. I just need to find some big PCB's
use computer motherboards. they work well
no they dont, they are smaller than a4
look at my pics
awesome dude. if I made one of these I'd be the king of my class. great instructable
finding PCB's that size seems to be the hardest part, if you do find em go ahead and make one, they are pretty resistant, and yeah its a nice piece of conversation
I made one out of 3 computer mother boards.
cool!!!! would it be possible for you to post some pics of it? Thanks
It would be cool if you would add LEDs and a small battery , it so it looks like the circuit-board is still "alive"
I decided to do something like that for my digital electronics class. I will use a couple of old computer motherboards, some LED's, and a cold cathode tube as well. Im really into this kind of stuff and its really funny to see the other kids reactions to flashing objects. I was also thinking of wiring a small pair of speakers that I could hook my MP3 player up to.....
it already has... um had those, the yellow thing WAS a lithium battery (wich fell of and got lost) and there are some led's (a row of 4) on it, perfect for a 4bit binary clock, but i have been procrastinating around that idea, sorreh
I once made a small note pad-ish book with a cover like this. Even after stripping off the majority of the things that would catch on other thing, I still find it catching on thing stuff. Any suggestions on how i could fix this, As I don't want to remove everything from the board.
well first if the stuff catching onto other stuff is lead residue you could reheat and try to get it as smooth as possible, but thats probably not the problem , and sanding it is also a bad idea cuz it would mess up the design .... what ___Phi__ said sounds good, im actually right now finding a solution for the back of the front cover since i want to fold the binder and rest it on the table to write directly on it that way too ... i was going to place a green sheet of foam as i did with the back but i migh use some sort of resin.... if/when i do i will update the instructable
It's probably also a bad idea to sand it, because if it is lead residue, you'd be breathing fun lead fumes into your lungs.
Mmmmmm.... lead dust....mmmmmm.... I'm rather sure it would be lead dust you would breath in, unless you were melting it smooth.. I would think that all you would need to do would be wear a respirator to filter out the dust.
lol I accidentally ate some lead pellet gun ammo and I'm still perfectly normal....Maybe
lead only affects a developing brain in small amounts......
PCB smoke, don't breathe this!
Will it blend? That is the question....da da daa da daa
the only epoxy that i can find doesnt dry clear unfortunetly...
ill be sure to ask around at school, theres a teacher that makes clearcoating magazine photos a class project, the polymer he uses seems like a good idea, im going to find out what he uses
Maybe before assembly / drilling, you could give it an epoxy or acrylic coat / shell
well its not the best looking board but i take dig. engineering and im deff. doing this one vary cool thanks!
thanks, glad you liked it
doesn't really look like a circut board, but more like circut board componets just attached on
trust me... it is this project would have been a lot easier if it wasnt
what i would do is put lots of gadgets and gizmos on it like a open curcuit calculator, a working touch screen(hard), binary clocks cool(except people dont really know how to read them), pop up fan, laser pointer, pop up light, mp3 player etc, etc. it would be hard to make it but you can probally sell it for <strong>a lot </strong>of money. Im going to try and make one. <br/> +1000 +fav<br/>Make more of this kind of stuff<br/>
GO FOR IT!! yeh i wanted to make a binary clock too but the litium battery fell off :( and i think it got lost forever, however im thinking of placing some 9v battery clips on it and some voltage regulators since im taking a course on robotics and instrumentation this semester and im gonna need a 24v supply
im just wondering where you got a pcb that big.
yeah me too, thing is that im not sure what that thing did before i took its guts out XD.... it was a video controlling thingy with a power button and a floppy drive in front and 4 or 5 camera outputs on the back and some parallel ports "cabinet" type thingy that goes on a shelf-like structure... i guess its the best description i can give apart from the link to a pic i placed somewhere on the instructable
Wow! I got to build one of those! That would fit perfectly into my personality! 5 stars!!!
Thanks! and yeah! that's what this is all about :)
my school probley would say i couldnt bring this to school.theyd probley say it could be used as a wepon or somthing.i say this because u get out of school suspention if they see you hugging a student or even a teacher.
too bad, that kind of stuff is what keeps us idle minds from experimenting and making stuff, keep out of trouble, you wont be at that school all your life (i hope) and you can always be creative out of school, hang in there :)
So <em>this</em> is what your first Instructable is?<br/><br/><h2>IT'S AWESOME!</h2><br/>Seriously, I didn't expect it to be as cool as this.<br/>It's so cool, looks awesome in the end, just everything!<br/>Wow!<br/>+1 rating.<br/>(added to favorites)<br/><br/>Definitely want to see more from you.<br/>
Thank you so much it feels like a nice welcome :)
...Can I have yours? ;-)
no, but thx for asking XD i hope to post another instructable soon i just have to get sum $$$$!

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