A very useless box

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Project by ChuckC posted 11-17-2011 09:18 PM 7741 views 16 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend sent me a YouTube link of a “Useless Box” one day. It’s basically a box that when switched on, turns itself off. When I saw it I knew I had to make one even though it’s admittedly the stupidest project I’ve ever done. Not everything has to make sense.

The wood is maple and padauk and it measures roughly 6” x 4” x 2”.

Anyway, turn up the sound and check it out!

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#1 posted 11-17-2011 09:23 PM

I think this would be the perfect gift for relatives.
Did you document the electronics involved?

very cool

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#2 posted 11-17-2011 09:59 PM

I love these things, definitely on my list of things to build someday

Have you seen the video of the dueling useless boxes? good stuff

nice work, and that is by far the nicest useless box I have seen!

-- Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do, and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. -Mark Twain

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#3 posted 11-17-2011 10:02 PM

Totally useless… but for some unknown reason… I LOVE IT….

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#4 posted 11-17-2011 10:10 PM

I’m with degoose. Its fun

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 11-17-2011 10:27 PM

Looks cool, and very funny!!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#6 posted 11-17-2011 10:40 PM

Useless to tell what I think!

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 11-17-2011 11:04 PM

Chuck, I too would say that is the nicest looking version of this that I have seen. A real fun project that is also on my to do list.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#8 posted 11-17-2011 11:14 PM

OMG !!!!! i love this box…. hours of entertainment LOL

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#9 posted 11-18-2011 01:21 AM

That is the nicest useless thing I have ever seen.
Nice production too.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 11-18-2011 01:33 AM

I have a sudden and irrational desire for one of my own. Where can I get the plans?

Edited to add – I found this:

I love the design of your box, by the way. Gorgeous.

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#11 posted 11-18-2011 03:54 AM

I gotta have one!!!

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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#12 posted 11-18-2011 04:05 AM

I Lol’ed…really! That’s pretty funny.

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#13 posted 11-18-2011 04:07 AM

Hysterical! Reminds me of Hollywood trailers: High production value promoting a less edifying product. Although, it is nice looking. Bravo.

-- If a tree falls in the neighbor's woods, and no one is there to hear it...can you take it home, mill it and turn it into a coffee table without your neighbor making a sound?

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#14 posted 11-18-2011 04:11 AM

Very cool box and a lot of fun to watch !
I made a fake laptop from a 2×8 with a couple of fake latch buttons and put it on the counter at work and we had a lot of fun with guys trying to open it . I guess what I am trying to say is these boxes are very useful items because the are simply fun!

Thanks Kiefer

-- Kiefer 松

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#15 posted 11-18-2011 09:39 AM

I love the box.. what kind of motor is that??

-- live your dream , don't dream your life

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