Apple Puck-mouse/keyboard Coat Rack




Introduction: Apple Puck-mouse/keyboard Coat Rack

Got a couple of those awful Apple puck-mice in your closet? It's time to make a coat rack. Construction time is ~2 hours, plus glue drying time.

You'll need:
two puck mice
two pieces of dowel (1 to 1.5 inches, your choice)
four wood screws
two mounting screws (preferably black)
adhesive that works on plastic
2 washers with holes smaller than the head of the wood screws
some masking tape
A drill
A dremel or other rotary tool is helpfull
A razor blade or sharp knife

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Step 1: Prepare Parts

The image shows what you're trying to make. To get there, we first need to prepare all the parts.

1) Cut the dowel pieces to the size you'd like. The pieces I used was about 3/4 inch thick, and were 1.25 inches long. We need to be able to wrap the cord all the way around the dowel and have about 2 inches extra (one on either end).
2) Drill starter holes for the wood screws so the dowels don't split. One hole in the center of the dowel on each end. Cut a groove the diameter of the mouse cords on the bottom of the dowel. It should start at one edge of the circumference and travel at an angle about 1/2 to the center.

Cut the cords from the mice and keyboards. Cut them as close to each end as you can. You won't need the USB ends, and you don't want any wire sticking out of the hardware ends. Save the cords.

Mouse ball:
We'll need a little space inside the mouse, but we still want the ball in there since it's visible from the other side. Take the ball out of the mouse, and use a razor or sharp knife to cut an end off. Cut off less than 1/2. You should be able to slide the metal ball out of the mouse ball, and have a hollow rubber shell.

Bottom of mouse:
The bottom screw in circle from the mouse should be removed. Glue a washer centered over the hole of the bottom. (see image) Let the glue dry.

1) Decide where you want to position the mice. Drill a hole all the way through the keyboard at this point. The hole should allow the wood screw to get through without cracking the keyboard.
2) Drill a second set of holes on the back next to the mouse mounting holes. The second set of holes is to hide the end of the mouse cord in, so it should have the same diameter as the mouse cord, and should be close enough to the mouse mounting holes, that the dowel will cover it.
3) Remove the black screws on the back of the keyboard from next to the USB ports. Enlarge the holes such that a) the wall mounting screws can fit through, and b) the heads of the wall mounting screws will be sunken into the back. (see image)

Step 2: Attach and Wrap Dowels

Follow these steps for both of the dowels and holes, of course.

Insert a mouse cord into the mouse cord hole drilled in step 1.

Place adhesive on the keyboard end of the dowel, and place it such that a) the pre-drilled screw hole lines up with the wood screw hole in the keyboard and b) so that the groove in the bottom allows the mouse cord to come up from the bottom.

Screw the dowel tight to the keyboard.

Lightly coat the dowel in adhesive, then wrap the mouse cord tightly up the sides of the dowel. Once you reach the top, you can use masking tape to hold the cord to the dowel until the glue dries.

At the point where the cord begins to be higher than the top of the dowel, cut another groove. Snip the mouse cord so that there is about an inch of cord higher than the top of the dowel. Slice this portion of the cord, then cut the wires from it.

Wait for the glue to dry before proceeding.

Step 3: Attach Mouse Bottoms to Dowels

Apply a blob of adhesive to the top of the dowel.

Screw the mouse bottoms into the tops of the dowels until there is about 1/8 of an inch of space between the dowel and the mouse bottom.

Use a knife or screwdriver to wedge the empty plastic part of the mouse cord up the groove and under the mouse bottom.

!!! This is important as it will determine the final orientation of the top of the mouse!!!
Tighten the screw until the mouse bottom can barely move. Turn the mouse bottom until the Apple logo on the sticker is facing the top of the keyboard.

Tighten the screw completely. Let dry.


Use clear glue to position the rubber part of the mouse ball inside the top of the mouse. Let dry.

Step 4: Mount Mice, Mount Coat Hangar

Once the mouse bottoms are dry, you should be able to screw the tops of the mice onto them. With the mice in place, mount the coat hangar on a door or wall, or wherever your SO will let you.

Hang your coats with pride!

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    11 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    The real question I want answered, is whether or not you ever got the chance to slide the flatscreen TV into your stand-up piano??? And if you did, I'm still waiting on some photos and or instructions.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Hi MichaelD11,

    I did in fact get the TV in the piano! I didn't do a writeup. There were too many piano and TV specific steps that I thought it wouldn't help anyone. I regret not taking pictures of the steps now, but I have attached a couple pictures of the final product.

    The front of the piano flipped up to reveal the TV. I cut the bottom board and added a hinge and stopper chains so that part of the bottom board folded down like a shelf which held our Wii.

    The piano itself still worked, but the TV made it a hassle to tune

    It'd probably be much easier today since TVs are thinner. Look for one with side connectors instead of rear connectors.

    I'm speaking in the past tense because we recently took the TV out of the piano. We've wanted to use our basement as the TV/rec room and there's no way we were going to move the piano down there.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the photos. I can't imagine how you managed to slide the TV inside the piano and keep it functional. I'm not sure I have the cojones to give it a try,,,, but you never know.


    13 years ago

    That is a waste of a keyboard and puck mice...i mean come on, you cant call them ugly without first looking at every single mouse ever made, i mean there are some pretty ugly ones out there, but if you are (wich you arnt) a di-hard apple fan (lime me) you would do something cool with them like mod them into wireless opticle mice or somin, i mean when u make the keyboard and mice coat hanger it is ugly as hell... u should have sold them on ebay to make a few bucks to go buy a real one, not kill some poor inniocent apple mice... apple hater! -Steve_Jobs


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    i agree 100% Like someone who destroyed a full working camera to take apart the lenses....(is still here this instructables)


    lucky you. you have them i need a couple to complete my colection and you DESTROY them.


    13 years ago

    This has to be ranked up there with the Macquarium they made from the imacs. Great idea.!


    13 years ago

    FInally! A use for those Puckin mice! (couldn't resist, but IMO those were the worst designed mice ever. cool looking,but nearly impossible to use.)


    13 years ago

    Awesome. I'm no Apple fan boy but thats cool.


    13 years ago

    Hope someone enjoys this. There are more pictures of the process I followed here. -- Pictures will be there for the foreseeable future. Past the foreseeable, no guarantees. :-)

    The steps here are what I would have done had I known exactly what to do when I started. As it was, I just had this idea and kept doing things till it all worked out.