Step 10: The Box

I don't have much skill in wood working so I was fortunate to find a ready made box at the Dollar store. 

Also, you can get really fancy wooded cigar humidors that make for a great box.

The box you use need only be big enough to fit a battery pack and servo.  The one I used was about 5x4x3 inches.

I removed the latch that came with it.  The lid was carefully cut down the middle and the hinges were move from the back to the side.  A hole for the toggle switch was drilled in the other part of the lid about an inch from the cut side.
<p> I just recently saw one of this with a row of switches and the arm would go and switch them all off in the exact same order before settling down. </p>
<p>I love these :) Great job, looks amazing !</p>
<p>The &quot;troll machine&quot; sounds like a pretty good name for this device. I think it would make a great prank present for a close friend.</p>
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I found something similar. Make sure you watch until the end.<br> <object style="height: 390.0px;width: 640.0px;"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/UmQ5LsNMXZ4?version=3"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"></object><object style="height: 390.0px;width: 640.0px;"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/UmQ5LsNMXZ4?version=3"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/UmQ5LsNMXZ4?version=3" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640"></embed></object>
<p>Ok, that's an awesome mod!</p>
<p>This one is cooler XD</p>
<p>what happened there, AI!!!!!!!+ wheels.</p>
it's the useless-inator... i thought doofenshmirtz gave up.<br>ah well...
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get the sledgehammer<br>
haha saw this a couple months ago, still funny!
dude this thing is sico!!!
nice video<br>
I saw this video two days ago, and made one yesterday using Lego Mindstorm, and saw this instructable today
The exorcist meets the most useless machine ever. lol<br><br>Thanks for the nightmare :)
<p>Here's an animated schematic of the switch-only version (without crossed wires!!!) that explains how it works:</p>
<p>I used to have one years ago. It was a coin bank. If you laid a coin on the box the door would open, the fingers extend, grab the coin and slide it into the bank and the door would shut. </p>
<p>We have one on Kickstarter if anyone interested. It's kit with 45 pieces that you assemble without soldering to create the mechanism. Not everybody has a soldering iron. ;)</p><p><a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/67279121/useless-machine-in-a-can-fun-kit-for-everyone" rel="nofollow">https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/67279121/useless-machine-in-a-can-fun-kit-for-everyone</a></p>
<p>very, very good, usless it might be, amusing definately!</p>
<p>Just saw this. You've officially &quot;made it&quot; when your ideas are being knocked off overseas....</p><p>http://www.dx.com/p/neje-wooden-useless-fully-assembled-machine-box-toy-w-logo-brown-2-x-aa-365899#.VKtghyvF98E</p>
<p>This is interesting. I will try this out</p>
Hi, my servo is going only &quot;forward&quot; until it's stopped by mechanic lock. I dont know what is wrong. And sorry for my english.
<p>Hi, I just built one from the schematics as well and it does the exact same thing as yours: wherever the switch is it keeps on going on one direction and on one side of the switch if you press the button it stops. so did you find the solution ?</p>
<p>Not really useless.</p><p>It can be used as e Cat-Toy.</p><p>but add a small, but noticeable wooden plate to the small lever-switch, then the cat can better punch it to activate the box.</p><p>in this video at 2.07 a cat plays with something like this:</p><p><br><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PEykiwFg39k" width="500"></iframe></p><p>in that version the arm and the area around it are covered by plush.</p><p>That looks like a small kitten in the box</p>
<p>What are the advantages of the dead bug?</p>
I want to try to make this!!
<p>Same here!</p>
We simplify a circuit in the machine. Only a switch with two points is used. No chip, no servo, no spring and no additional switch are used. The movie below shows its structure and action. <br>http://youtu.be/3Pl0nNj8Q4s <br>
Newbie question: Why are there no resistors in the wiring (referring to the design which doesn't use the 555 timer)? Are the internal resistances of the servo, batteries, switch, and wires enough to prevent an overly large amount of current from running through the circuit? <br> <br>If that's the case, then is there a way to get the numerical values for these internal resistances?
You are correct. If wired correctly it is limited mostly to the resistance in motor, and it's only a few ohms (it will vary from motor to motor, but lets say 5-6 ohms). <br> <br>Ideally, the switches and wire should have no resistance, but in the real world they will add a tiny bit too. <br> <br>The battery, you don't worry about it's internal resistance. <br> <br>To measure the actual resistance, take the batteries out and measure the ohms across the + &amp; - of the battery-holder. <br> <br>So if the whole circuit is 6 ohms and you're using 3 volts, that's half an amp of current. Extra points if you can figure out how many watts that is!
Just finished mine and it was a little more difficult than i thought it would be, but worth it. I used krazy glue to hold everything in place. If anyone has an issue with your servo not being strong enough to flick the switch like it did, U can take switch apart and change out the spring in the middle of the switch ( i used a pen spring instead of original spring inside of the switch and it works flawlessly now.) I went with the simple method with the 2 switches and a cigar box which already came with a center cut in the lid. Will now make a great conversation piece on coffee table. Good luck to everyone who tries to build one!!! Well worth the few hours of effort.
Thanks for this. I had to do the same thing. Works great.
Right on. Sometimes you can 'break in' a stiff toggle just be flipping it on/off a bunch of times but replacing the spring, that's a new one!<br><br>Thanks!
Built a couple of machines using solarbotics Gm2 motor, toggle and micro switch. They work fine, but they shatter one time when hitting micro. Any idea on what is really happening. Motor does have a little play
This is so cute! there must be some ways to use them.
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What's the name of that song on the video?
Wow! This is great! Thank you so much!
Hi can you provide me the Circuit diagram and the PCB drawing as well as the ttemplates of the Ultimate machine please. I wish to make this for a school project but i need this infomation. <br>Thanks <br>Email to:yan0055@gwsc.vic.edu.au
Hi I made a useless machine (the version in step 5) and I have a problem of the arm jumping on the off microswitch. basicly when it goes back in it hits the off microswitch and jumps up and down and up and down. It is not ment to do this and I dunno how to solve it. I know the micro switch is working to turn it off becuase if I press it by hand it works. any ideas?
The bounce-back problem can be eliminated by moving the micro-switch to a spot were the arm doesn't slam into it. <br> <br>The Ultimate Useless Machine that I sell uses a 'cam' to activate the micro: http://frivolousengineering.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/06CUcam.jpg <br> <br>Check the above photo to see how it's arranged. Instead of the arm crashing into the micro, the bump on the cam activates the micro and allows the motor to continue moving a few degrees before coming to rest.
for some reason.....i find this robot cute.....wierd......maybe because i find myself annoying too... <br> <br>great instructable by the way!

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