Making a Useless Box

Last weekend I took my son to the Maker Faire, and of course while we were there we had to get a souvenir.  Kolya chose a “useless box kit“.  If you don’t know what a useless box is, read along.

Parts for the useless box

Parts for the useless box

The video below will demonstrate the silliness better than words, but in short it’s a box with an “on” switch on the top.  When you turn it on, an arm reaches out and turns itself off.  The magic is a small DC motor and a double-throw switch.  When you turn the switch on the motor rotates in one direction, moving the arm to flick the switch, reversing the motor.  There is a limit switch in the reverse circuit that is triggered when the motor reaches the retracted position.

Wiring complete, ready to assemble

Wiring complete, ready to assemble

The instructions were clear, and assembly was straightforward.  Kolya soldered most of the connections and assembled the box, I got to say (over and over) “did you read the instructions”?

Kolya assembling the box (but not reading the instructions)

Kolya assembling the box (but not reading the instructions)

Thanks to one of us carefully reading the instructions and testing the operation before we assembled it, the box worked on the first go.

It’s a fun little project, and now I want to make one for my office.  But with a nice dovetailed wood box.  I’ll let visitors discover it on their own.

 

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2 thoughts on “Making a Useless Box

  1. I’d buy one.

  2. Robert Demers

    Love it! Gotta make some 🙂

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