Eco-Friendly, Geeky Thumb Tack Board of Awesomeness




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This Instructable will show you how to build thumb tacks out of microchips. I got the idea when searching through junk during Spring Cleaning, and happened to come across a pack of computer chips. They were stuck in this foam-like substance to keep the pins straight. it reminded me of cork board. I later experimented with putting the chips straight into the corkboard, without a thumb tack glued to the back, and it bent the pins. which brings us to this idea.

This Instructable is in the Earthjustice United States of Efficiency Contest, so please vote.

Step 1: Materials

for this Instructable, you will need:

1) 2 pairs of pliers (one has to be able to cut)
2) a thumb tack
3) super glue or Instant krazy glue
4) computer chip

Step 2: Preparing the Thumbtack

Now you need to take off the plastic covering. use the pliers to bend the plastic piece off.

After, you start cutting the thumb tack's back so that it will fit on the computer chip.

When you notice a crease in the thumb tack, start bending it with the other pair of pliers.

Step 3: Super Glue!

having cut the thumb tack, you now need to glue it. You might want to consider putting paper down.

Open your glue and place a drop on the chip.

Then quickly press the thumb tack on the back.

Wash your fingers quickly, it hurts A LOT to pull them apart.

Step 4: Ideas

One idea is that you might boarder the board in these thumb tacks.
You could also use magnets, and put it on your refrigerator.
Try experimenting with different kinds of chips!

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    6 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Hey it's your cousin Joey saying that I have no idea how to vote for you but if I can't vote just know I would have voted for you. I'll email you so if you see this and haven't checked your email.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    By the way, this I'ble isn't part of the Epilog challenge, apparently. At least, it doesn't have the usual contest banner up at the top. I also just checked the current entries for the contest and don't see it there. Just FYI.

    1 reply
    your dogkelseymh

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    It says it takes up to 48 hours, and I made this Instructable on April 10, 2009 But your right, I should have waited for the instructable to be entered in the contest


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I guess it didn't occur to you to type the chip number in to Google.

    The very first hit tells you it's TTL-compatible static RAM, and the contents of that hit (after you get past the advertising) is:

    QS8886-20P - 05/01/2009 at 18:09
    Quality Semiconductor
    General-Purpose Static RAM - TTL compatible
    Number of Words=16k
    Bits Per Word=4
    t(acc) Max. (S)=19n
    tW Min (S)=19n
    Output Config=3-State
    Nom. Supp (V)=5.0

    2 replies
    kelseymhyour dog

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Fair enough. There were half a dozen decent hits, but that was the only one which claimed to be a spec sheet. The ads on that page were pretty irritating. In any event, if it's a 4-bit word static RAM, it was probably buffer storage for an old-style FPGA.