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

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

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

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

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
How well does the pad work? Can you perform jumps and hands on it?
Frogz (author)  metaknight25506 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)  metaknight25506 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) 6 years ago
by the way, after cutting out the buttons i bolted the board stogether and cut out the sides