The unofficial one anyway... Wikileaks has just divulged the blueprints for the Instructables Suggestion Box and now it's awesomeness can be replicated. No corporate workplace or hackerspace should be without one. Install one today.
A suggestion box serves as an input point for creative ideas where one can submit anything and everything, anonymously or not. See your ideas take wings and fly. Always available for use. Contribution is open to everyone and participation is encouraged.
Step 1: Rummage About...
You could probably get this thing at that place that has the Easy Buttons, but just cobble it together from scrap material you might have in the shed.
You can fabricate the box from most anything, plastic, wood, metal, cardboard, etc.
I had a few scrap pieces of leftover mdf wainscoting that fit the bill. It is pre-primed so I don't think I will even bother painting it.
You will also need:
2 small hinges for the cover.
A lock hasp.
A small padlock to use on the hasp. If traveling, make sure it is TSA approved or it will get clipped off when they check your luggage.
You may need some more scrap wood to use as support blocking if necessary.
You need a drill and 1/2 inch diameter drill bit to make the mounting hole and slot opening.
You need a utility knife or saw to cut your pieces.
I was able to construct this with hot glue but you can use screws, nails, brads, or regular glue.
For decoration you will need the official Instructables sticker
CAUTION: Know your tools. Sharp things are sharp. Hot things are hot.
Step 2: Measure Thrice, That's Nice...
Layout your major pieces for construction of the suggestion box.
My scrap pieces of the wainscot paneling were already 13 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches.
They have this beadboard look to them so I just went ahead with what I got . I cut and measured easily along the indentations.
I cut one panel in half to form the two sides.
I trimmed off that tongue part of the panel which fits in the adjoining groove panel slot down the edge.
On a side piece, measure down 3 inches and then draw a 30 degree angle down from that point. We want to create a sloping top cover for the suggestion box.
Do the same for the other side and cut.
The cutoffs will be used as gluing blocks later when attached to the bottom.
Step 3: Front and Center...
Mark off on the front panel where the sides slope down at its lowest point.
The cutoff will be the top cover. There should be enough to cover the opening created by the slope.
Mark off where you want the slot in the top cover.
Measure in about an inch and draw in a 1/2 inch wide slot.
I used a 1/2 inch dia drill bit to drill the endpoints of the slot and a few holes in the slot so I could fit in my handsaw to finish the cut.
Use sandpaper or a file to clean up the rough edges in the slot.
Step 4: Slap It Together...
Have your parts laid out in the correct orientation. I wanted to match the lines in the pattern.
Glue the cutoff side pieces to the bottom of the sides. This will provide additional support for the bottom of the suggestion box.
You can bevel the top of the inside pieces to make a smooth interior and that paper will drop in easier in the slot without getting hung up.
Run a bead of hot glue down the side.
Attach the side and align it perpendicular to the back piece.
Repeat with the other side.
Attach the front piece. Align so everything is square.
Step 5: Fancy Hardware...
It's only brass colored hardware. Cheap stuff from the dollar store.
Since the material is thin, I can really just use hot glue to stick the hardware on. The screws would penetrate through the wainscoting panel. If you are really worried about the security of the suggestion box, make it out of thicker wood and then you can screw in the hardware.
Align the hinges and mark the outline so you know where to apply the hot glue. Test to see that the hardware will lay flat in the position you mount them in.
Attach the hinges to the top cover.
Attach the top cover to the back piece.
Attach the lock hasp to the cover.
Align and mark the lock ring with the cover closed and lock hasp down. Attach the lock ring to the front piece.
Step 6: Nascarize It...
Decorate with a real Instructables Robot sticker to make it authentic.
Stickers are available in the prize packs if you win a contest or see the friendly folks at a Maker Faire.
I used my labeling machine to make the rest of the labels.
Add a piece of paracord if you need to tie to something or you can't find a nail to hang the suggestion box.
Find a nice spot where everyone congregates and attach to the wall.
And there you go...