Picture of Yet Another Stupid Dance Pad
nothing special, just a 25 pound(11.3 kilo) wooden usb dance pad based on a microsoft keyboard
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Step 1: Drawing the pattern

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First you want to visualize how the pad should be, choose the sizes of the buttons and the layout you want
alot of people will choose a basic 4 button pad
while others will add 2 extra buttons to the top right and top left for a 6 button pad
you can also add 2 more to bottom right and left and possibly even extras for enter and escape(or extra functions)

Step 2: Cutting the pattern

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In this step i drilled out a rough pattern around each button(and yes i know they arnt perfect) and then used a dremel multipro with number 561 multipurpose cutting bit(although there is ALOT of bits that'd work just as good and probably some that would work better) actually used the dremel to cut the corners of the actual board too(through 2 inches of wood)

Step 3: Cutting a path for the internal wiring

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used the dremel yet again, freehand cutting a quarter inch deep path using another cutting bit to make a path for the buttons, same cutting bit but pressed deeper to make an area for the microswitches

Step 4: Solder it all up

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had to scrape the black stuff that contacted the membrane off so the solder would stick but other than that, it all went smoothly, used some regular wire i had laying around, match all the pieces together

Step 5: Secure the buttons

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any piece of cloth or vinyl or even glue will work here
here, i used a old pillow case, make sure the buttons have room to move upward so the switches can reset

Step 6: Put it together

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i placed all of the buttons back into the correct places on the foam rubber, proper positions and alignment makes things easier to get together
How well does the pad work? Can you perform jumps and hands on it?
Frogz (author)  metaknight25507 years ago
i dont even know what hands are but it can take a 200 pound guy jumping hard enough on the buttons to knock stuff off of a desk
Hands are Jumps with 3 or more arrows or holds...
Anyway, how well does it work? _
Frogz (author)  metaknight25507 years ago
i'd show you but i suck too bad to record a video also its too big to transport for my girlfriend to use
Frogz (author) 7 years ago
by the way, after cutting out the buttons i bolted the board stogether and cut out the sides