Most remote controls look pretty much the same, they serve a purpose.....they could look good too. This is for my Steampunk sound system. I haven't seen any steampunk remote controls on the web (googling 'steampunk remote control' - virtual ones exist though) so I thought I would create this one. The hardest part is making the levers, which I thought would make this more authentic, I know I should have done this electronically.....but obviously I needed a greater challenge!
The pictures have explanations (some pictures you have to click on to see the description) as well as the text...if you have any questions please ask in the comments or PM me.
For some reason the video has no sound but it shows the remote control working. You will still be able to see it working, just the music is not there...which is probably a good thing by not infringing copyrights.
Step 1: Getting the 'stuff'.
Items to get:
Wood Stain (optional)
Brass Plate + Brass strip for battery compartment
Typewriter Keys (10)
Compression Springs (10)
Thick Copper Wire (approx 2-3mm thick)
Varnish (I love Danish oil)
Brass Tubes (approx 3mm square and one that slides inside of this)
Small magnets (dia 3mm)
Small piece of mesh
For tools you will need the standard (or not so standard) power tools:
Router (preferably set up in a table + bits)
Dremel (or equivalent with metal cutting blade)
Drill (plus bits and brass brush for polishing brass)
Saw (I used a band saw)
Soldering Iron + Solder
The usual hand tools (screw drivers etc).