About: I'm a social-worker, working with 12 - 23 year-olds. I used to be a printer. In 2018 I opened a small makerspace (www.imdib.nl) in my house, where I have lasercutters, 3d-printers, Arduino's, Mindstorms and ...

Inspired by a Kickstarter project, I couldn't walk past the spare-parts box at my local Ikea. So I took a bag and filled it with hardware parts. (mostly kitchen cabinet hinges) A big bag filled costed just 1,50 Euro.

Back home, I can't find the Kickstarter anymore. It somehow disappeared from the site, so I can't link to it. The idea was to build a robot from just hardware parts you can find at your homedepo. The guy who sold them on Kickstarter made really cool, big, robots. Mine is a lot smaller, but it is still really fun to do!

This robot will make a really nice gift that is easy, cheap and fun to make, for someone that already has everything.

Step 1: You Will Need


  • All the hinges and other metal parts you can fit in a bag at Ikea (or you find your hardware somewhere else)
  • M3, M4 and M5 nuts and bolts (or whatever size fits het holes in your parts)


  • screwdrivers
  • spanners

I used mostly kitchen-cabinet hinges.

Step 2: Sort Your Parts

To find out whether I have all the parts I need, I first put all the parts I want to use on the table. I design my robot according to the parts I have. My first attempt looks a bit like a stick-figure.

Step 3: Put Your Robot Together

Now it is time te screw it all together.

I gave myself the "rule" that I'm not allowed to drill or cut the parts, so I need to use the holes that are already in the parts.

The only thing I added to the bag from the Ikea, are some nuts and bolts.

You must take in account that the robot must be able to stand, so balance is important. When you make your robot four (or more) legged, this will be easier, but I wanted a two legged robot.

Step 4: New Design

My first design wasn't very stable, so I took it apart again. I did like the face, so I recycled that part.

I gave my new design bigger feet and a shorter body to make it stand better.

The result is really great, and it is a lot of fun to build. Because I didn't cut or drill the parts, I can change and redo things whenever I feel like it. The robot is posable through the hinges.

This project costed me only 1,50 Euro for the Ikea parts, and 18 bolts and nuts.

Have fun!

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    15 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Great idea!


    4 years ago

    Very nice. I like the concept. I might have to give this a try with some old rusted parts too.

    3 replies

    Reply 4 years ago

    cool, post a picture if you do.


    Reply 2 years ago

    A+ great work you guys


    4 years ago on Introduction

    How could have I did not think of this! My baby boy would go crazy especially with all the flat pack assembly leftovers at work...

    1 reply

    4 years ago on Introduction

    I can't watch this... My spare parts are inside my organizer drawers sorted by size and color :-)

    But when I was little kid I was done a lot of cool stuff made by spare parts and junk. Maybe I don't have some extra time for creative imagination - maybe after I'll finish my degree. It looks fun with kids, I must try this again in the future :-)

    4 replies

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    You should galvanize it. You can use a cold galvanize spray for that: 1 coat of a metal primer spray, and 2 coats of the cold galvanize spray -1 can is enough for something like 12 robots ;-). It would last for long time, it is like those lighting poles galvanization that can last for a few decades before the weather start to ruin them. Galvanization is cheaper than using stainless steel or aluminum for artistic stuff, also you can paint it nowadyas there're metal paints that can last for at least 10 years before a repainting.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Do you have a picture of an example? I don't know what it is and where to get it.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    You can get it in every hardware store, it usually used for after welding for antirusting coat. Ask the seller for that, it should contain zinc in it - don't let them sell you an ordinarymetal paint, check the label if there's zinc in it, for a good use it should be at least 70% but it's usually sells in 80%-95% of zinc.

    I'm sorry I don't have a photo, but you could search online to see how it looks like.