Fix Broken Keyboard Leg With Office Supplies

Introduction: Fix Broken Keyboard Leg With Office Supplies

About: I'm like to think ourside the box and be funny with things. I use my ingenuity kind of like "Red Green" if you youTube him who conjures up some funny ways to create and fix things with duct tape. Maybe in ...


With just ordinary Office Supplies


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Step 1: Parts List

Complementary Glue Stick - you know the one you haven't the foggiest why you got it and what you'll you'll use it for?
1 Chop Stick - There's always someone who needs the full ambiance of chow-fun, fun eating!
Sharp Scissors - You know the one for possible postal worker protection?
Writing tool to measure That's a tough one, you may have to buy this one yourself. I mean it's rare we should ever use one! But gladly they gave us that Glue Stick!
Desk Drawer - Just clear out a corner. You'll need the 90 degrees to keep the sticks in place.
Thumb Tack (Plastic type)
BIC Pen Cap This is to use glue in heaps
Emery Board or Sidewalk - Getting your new leg level is not easy, you'll have to sand it down to make it level. I'm sure there's a kind female coworker who has them emery boards for nails, or one of them long nailed guitar playing guys. If not the sidewalk outside makes a mighty fine sanding instrument
Black Sharpie After all, paint is not one of them common office supplies. But permanent markers sure makes a good alternative.

Step 2: Measuring

Measure the height of the good leg of the keyboard.
Use your writing tool to place a mark where to cut.
That first piece will be your template for other cuts

Step 3: Cutting

Cut the first one off the stick. This is tricky, the scissors won't cut all the way through. (Keep that in mind when defending yourself from postal workers)

Use the one you cut to measure the next to keep them as identical cuts as possible.

You'll need 4 of them

Remember Safety Last when you can get a settlement.

Step 4: Gluing

Use the Glue Stick to glue one side of the chopstick.

Step 5: Leveling

So you wanted to know how the desk worked into this project? Gives a nice 90 degree angle.

Before the glue dries it will keep moving the sticks around. Well to get them even as possible, you'll have to use the corner of your desk drawer to put them together.

Let dry for about an hour

Step 6: Strengthening

Use another piece of the chopstick to now put some glue into the grooves of the new Leg Propping Apparatus.

Get it all in there like caulking your bathroom tub!

Step 7: Grouting

Use one of the million tacks you have to really get into the grooves.

Step 8: Leg Is Complete!


Step 9: Attaching the Leg

It's a bright picture, the pen cap works like a shovel, and trowel. Pack the area where the device will go.

Don't be shy with the glue, you'll need to wedge the device all up in that piece!

Step 10: Cementing!

OK it's more glue, but cement sounds cooler.

As you see here, gluing is the most important part!
Once this baby dries it's going to take a pounding!
Let this dry for over an hour since the glue is thick and needs more time.
I guess it's time for lunch?

Step 11: Analysis

Now that you're back from lunch... Time to get back to work!

As you see my cutting technique needs work.
Nothing my neighbor's nail file can't fix!

Next we'll get to painting and sanding

Step 12: Painting

It's time to get this baby to blend! I'll have to do the sanding later cuz there aren't many emery boards around. Should've used the Sidewalk first! Well Hinds sight is mad dog 20/20.

Those sharpie tools are just the thing! Just coat this baby a few times. Drying time is fast!

Sure you can maybe use some Balsamic Vinegar from the cafeteria, but soaking time is to long.

The other option is soak it in dark roast coffee. Maybe a neighbor has a venti cup. By the time they're done it should be ready. The glue will likely melt, but it should be eatable.

Step 13: SANDING!

Well Lookey Here!
Took a few hundred drawers to search through.

I'll have to paint again!

Before you steal it watch how a Woman uses it!
One Directional swipes!

Step 14: COMPLETE!

Well there you have it. You fixed it.
This baby is still holding up to this day as you see in my desk picture!
And as you noticed I was never rudely interrupted with work!

Granted you could have just asked IT for a new one, but what's the fun in doing that?

To quote the master of fixing things:
"If Women Don't Find you Handsome&
They Should At Least Find You Handy!" ~ Red Green

Your's Truly - Jasper175

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    5 Discussions


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    But then you'd be giving in! And using your keyboard with the legs down is a pain. Well, it is with my keyboard, anyway. Alternative- bring your mini glue gun to work, find the broken off piece of leg and go to town. I've been meaning to do this for.. (checks date of Hackaday article) almost a year now, since I broke my keyboard leg on may 13th last year. Might do it tomorrow. A stack of Post-its has done the job since then (and driven my boss insane every time he uses my keyboard :D).


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I might be giving in, or I might be working with it. Anyway, credit to the author for fixing it eh? L


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    If I did find the broken leg I might have gone the glue-it-back-on way. But I couldn't find it. So I felt like pulling a Red Green who you must YouTube! Rob - (Jasper175)