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Picture of Wooden mice by AlestRukov
You need CAD software, a CNC milling machine (you can rent time on it), a lot of spare time and even more persistence.

I don’t like plastic. Instead, I like nature and that’s why I have developed and now produce wooden mice. They are beautiful, pleasant to hold in your hand and make your hand less sweaty. 
I managed to obtain a decent result only after five years of work in my spare time. For already more than 4 years I have been using mice of my own production.  During this time, I had to develop new electronic stuff twice to keep up with the times and not lag behind progress.
 
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Step 1:

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Everything started with handicrafts. In these models, I used stuff from conventional mice.
These experiments resulted in the understanding of the impossibility of making a normally working mouse using manual technologies. It also became obvious that I would have to develop my own electronics to suit my housing without trying to adapt it to the borrowed stuff.  The maximum that one can produce with handicraft technologies is a single capricious specimen that will be worse than a conventional plastic mouse. This did not satisfy me and I got down to serious work.

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After plasticine experiments, prototypes were made on a 3D printer. First, to test ergonomics. Then, after correction, to test the ability to assemble the structure.
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alcurb1 month ago

Beautiful work. I particularly like the red finish depicted in the first photo.

I looked at your web site and found that the mouse is insanely expensive but I suppose that is because you make them in very small quantities and they are uniquely a piece of art.

I have an idea of possible solution for those of us who are lacking CNC machines, is to slice them up into layers in a CAD program, print the templates, and cut the layers out of thin sheets of wood. Then glue the layers and sand the stepped surfaces to a smooth finish. The result would be a striped finish mouse, but I think it would look super cool. I think a huge challenge would be creating the thin portions needed for the buttons. Those of you who are experienced woodworkers, do you think that idea would work?

Another ideal would be to print them in a 3D printer using wood filament. However, you would not get the nice wood-grain pattern.

nerd747311 months ago
hey this was a neat idea
These are to die for, I can't stand all the plastic either!

Do you sell them, like, on eBay or anything? They look like a major money maker!

HEY! My hands are totally too huge for most mice, can you adjust the size of the mouse and make one that is 35% wider and longer?
AlestRukov (author)  pddonovan20112 years ago
Yes, I can make the mouse a 35% wider and longer. But it may take several months. It's not so easy to do, have to change the design.
MAN! Has it been a year already?!? WOW! Say listen, if you are still making mice. Figure out the cost of a huge mouse for my huge hand and tell me what it costs. I may just go for it. My Other question is, can you adapt any mouse under this wooden beauty? If not, don't worry, I am still interested, but if you do I want to send you my mouse to have a look see!!
AlestRukov (author)  pddonovan20111 year ago
Hi! Yes, I can do it
Send me email: info@alestrukov.com or alestrukov@gmail.com
AlestRukov (author)  pddonovan20111 year ago
Hi! Yes, I can do it
Send me email: info@alestrukov.com or alestrukov@gmail.com
Fish2251 year ago
What ? No wireless meeses ? Very nice job Brudda...Gourgeous ...wish I had a CNC
grgbpm2 years ago
amazing work
good idea.
gera2292 years ago
I came here in hopes of learning how to use a 3 Axis CNC machine to mill complex components like these.

I want to know a step by step process so I have an idea and would know that it is possible to create my own parts.

Is your CNC Milling machine a 3 axis machine? Or is it a 4 or 5 axis? Does it have a rotational axis?
AlestRukov (author)  gera2292 years ago
3 axis.
The problem is not in the CNC machine
Problem in the design. Very hard to make everything work.
Hey, I really do want to see a complete video on how you milled it. Thanks.
AlestRukov (author)  gera2292 years ago
The complete process of milling the mouse occupies nearly the whole day.
I do not have this video
Okay, are there any step by step instructions of the most important parts to it? Rather than showing the entire process maybe show just a little bit of it so I can get the concept?
AlestRukov (author)  gera2292 years ago
I have no any detailed instructions. Make this manual is very difficult. The development took several years. A lot of the subtleties and details. My goal not to tell you how to do it. My goal was to say that this is possible.
You do not need to tell me how to do the mouse, but how you used the CNC machine to cut out the part. You do not need to show dimension and can actually show me how to set this up. It's up to you, however.

I wanted to know because I want to be able to make complex parts with my own CNC machine, not the mouse, but something else.

Thanks.
AlestRukov (author)  gera2292 years ago
I do not understand that you can not do on the CNC machine.
You can ask a specific question?
On a 3 axis CNC machine you are only able to cut 2.5D meaning it only cuts the top part of the object you are cutting and that's the part that is 3D, while the bottom is flat.

How did you manage to cut the bottom part of the object accurately? Did you flip it around? How did you align it if so?
AlestRukov (author)  gera2292 years ago
If I understand your question, it is very simple.
Have you watched the video with milling process?
See picture, please.
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ironman01042 years ago
I think this is wonderful. Anyone who does not have access to a CNC milling machine can use a Jig saw and sander. Yes it will take time to sand it some but I have built items like this with just a jewlers saw and a sander. So it could be done with simple tools but his mouse is made wonderfully.
zackatron2 years ago
are these up for sale?
http://www.alestrukov.com/

they are up for sale and since i would like one especially
for the volume function, which is very clever and i found his site
but blimey... prices range from 800 to 1200 Holy S#!t
Housedog Arghus2 years ago
Holy Crap! I thought you were kidding, until I went there myself. They are beautiful, but seriously?
Arghus Housedog2 years ago
dead serious,
i would pay a maximum 50 euro wired,
i guess but no more than that,
80 if wireless but that's it..
geovatt2 years ago
This is a nice demonstration "what i did", now do you wanna buy it.
but this is not an instructable.
AlestRukov (author)  geovatt2 years ago
You are right. This is not the instructable.
I was invited to this resource. My project is the industrial production and its hard to do in the Instructable format .
But looking at it, the other people may be a similar idea. I wrote my story to everyone could see the potential problems.
Your honesty is awesome.
Your mice rock.
I need to make a cordless one with copper buttons, you have inspired me.
I will post a pic once it is complete.
sconner12 years ago
I like the way wax finished wood gathers an antique patina look over time and use. Handsome.
JoeAconite2 years ago
A thin fabric sheath to the cord would give it a further retro look.
There's fabric insulated wire that is reproduced specifically for restoration of old tube radios and appliance cords. This could be used to cover the wire of one's mouse.
I want 1 there so awesome
AlestRukov (author)  GENERALCHAOS2 years ago
welcome to www.alestrukov.com :)
if 1 Disappear idk where it whent k ???? ........... XD
AlestRukov (author) 2 years ago
I want to thank everyone for the appreciation of my work.
Sorry, do I not thank everyone personally. I dont want to increase the number of posts without useful information.
qquuiinn2 years ago
Can you please, please, please post schematic files of the electronics. I am looking into a similar project
AlestRukov (author)  qquuiinn2 years ago
You will be much easier to take the standard schematic from the manufacturer of the optical sensor and modify it to your liking.
Alest, as a professional woodworker, carver, and amateur maker I have to comment on your work.However, considering the comments that have already been posted, there is not much that I can add except: I WANT! I WANT! I WANT!
thanks:)
robbied2 years ago
I am a sucker for timber, and these mice are incredible. I've learned from making things like cutting boards that if you heat them before applying oils and waxes, the wood will absorb more of it.
Did you have to play with the wall thickness of the wood or are they close in thickness to their plastic cousins?
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