Motherboard Clipboard

30 09 2008

So I was wandering the Internet bored and found this link for clipboards made out of motherboards. Instead of hitting the buy button I thought to myself, I have motherboards! I used to strip parts off things when I was a kid and organize them all into parts drawers, yes I was a strange kid. Now anyway, if you want to make your very own circuit board clipboard, here’s what you’ll need,

  • Circuit board larger than 8 1/2 x 12
  • Heat gun
  • Pliers
  • JB weld
  • Laminating material
  • 99 cent particle board clipboard

Okay, now lets get to melting! First off, take your heat gun, and apply heat to all the joints of the circuit board. For a motherboard with all those connectors, this will take a while. Apply heat until the solder melts, and then give it a good whack on the ground to knock off the solder and parts. Stubborn parts may need more finessing with the pliers. This took me about 30 minutes, but I’ve stripped boards before. Also, don’t leave the heat on too long, else it’ll warp the board, not the best thing for a clipboard.

After this step, clean off any solder that remains stuck to the board (again with copious amounts of heat) and try and get it somewhat smooth on one side. The other side? Do with it as you wish. I personally left all the surface mount components on one side just to add to the awesomeness.

Next up, cut/tear off the clip from the cheap clipboard you got. Leave some wood on, since you’re actually going to glue to it. Unless you can unrivit the clip… but I didn’t have any luck with that.

Next up, laminate the board with some think clear plastic to make it smoother. Leave a cutout for where the clip is going to go.

JB-weld time! Just follow the instructions on the bottle and stick the clip on. This stuff will glue anything.

And finally, enjoy your new geeky clipboard. The downsides: it’s not very smooth, and in my case it doesn’t quite fit a full size piece of paper. It does however fit the paper I have in my little note notebooks I get from walmart and use for each class, so whatever. In my case, the paper size is about 8 1/4 x 10 1/2, just shy of what I needed. Look for older motherboards, they tend to be bigger. The perfect use for all those 486’s in the basement!

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