How to Make Your Own Scratchtable




How to make your own Scratchpad/Turntable using a pizza box and an optical mouse!

Watch the video for an overview.

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Step 1: Supplies

the supplies you'll need.

- 1 pizza box
(used or unused) in this case we're cheap so it's used and greasy.

- 1 optical mouse

- tape

- screw long enough to go through two pieces of cardboard

Step 2: Mark and Cut the Box

Mark a 1in X 1in Square on the lid of the box
Flip the Box over and mark a 6in diameter circle on the bottom.
Cut out the square and the circle making sure to keep the circle intact.

Step 3: Attatch the Mouse

Attatch the mouse to the inside of the lid using tape. Allow the "eye" of the mouse to look through the square you just cut.
Close the lid allowing the mouse cord to come out the side.

Step 4: Screw the Turntable On

With the box right-side-up, screw the cardboard circle into the lid of the pizza box ensuring that the side of the circle overlaps the mouse "eye".

Step 5: Face the Music!

The moment of truth!
Plug the mouse into your computer, open your favorite mixing, DJ program and test it out!
In my case I used FutureDecks Lite for Mac OS. There are comparable programs for Windows and Linux.

Rock Out!



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    42 Discussions


    11 years ago on Introduction

    eew. nice grease. thats the FIRST thing i want to rub all over my mouse and hands. maybe an unused pizza box would be more appealing (for me) thats a cool idea though

    2 replies

    11 years ago on Introduction

    *cough* 90%< *cough*
    *cough* every game ever *cough*
    what's with the MSC (mac superiority complex) everyone has?
    Just because your computer doesn't have corners or a logo with colors doesn't make it any better
    In fact, it just makes it more incompatible.
    I don't particularly like Microsoft, but come on, man! you can't say that if it wasn't for the 'Microsoft Office for Mac' deal MS wouldn't exist! That's complete horse s***! And maybe your pretty little white box crashes less. But for comparable computing power it could cost twice as much. I'll agree with you on the virus thing, and i think that Mac's have a lot of fun software, but i don't see Microsoft going away any time soon.
    I do want and iPhone though...

    5 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Totally agree here. I recently got a Macbook and I keep getting continually disappointed that I can't run any of my favorite programs *cough*FL Studio*cough*. I keep wanting to go back to my PC...

     ctrl click
    buy a mighty mouse
    tap with two fingers rather than one

    Can you use keypad gestures to zoom in/zoom out/rotate ect without extra software or hardware?


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    On the last step he says FutureDecks Lite for Mac OS, but I'm pretty sure you can really use any software that you can scratch in, like DJay or Virtual DJ


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    there a linux based prog they showed on AOTS (i think back when it was screen savers) but i for get the name

    Oily Seldonl337phoenix

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    It can be any program on any system that has onscreen slider buttons But if you want names try Cubase Nuendo Audacity Even if you wanna be fancy with your volume on iTunes or Winamp, its still the same principle


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Do you mean when Apple accused MS of stealing the windows/mouse technology from them that they stole from Xerox? MS only has more viruses because it is more popular and big companies run on it - if Apple had the same market share, it would be Apple that had to run Virus Checkers 24/7.  Mac even dumped their hardware and moved to Intel - it more of an OS difference (and styling - really important!) than anything else - and its multiples of the cost like for like.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    The world runs on Windows.
    The world runs on Microsoft Office.

    Suck it up.

    Over 80% of all computers are running Windows, and over 70% are running Windows with the full Office suite.
    Almost all offices have completely Windows computers.
    Suck it up.

    The Mac OS will always be superior to Windows in many ways, and the design of all things Apple will always be superior to anything that runs windows. But, those are insignificant in the long run.