Steampunk USB Drive Thumbdrive

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Project by mbfunke posted 874 days ago 2079 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been amused by the steampunk movement for sometime now and decided that a friend needed to have a steampunk usb drive as a gift. This is a theme in my woodworking, I want to build something and so someone must need that thing, whether they know it or not.

The construction is simple, a small piece of mystery hardwood from a futon was cut to rough size, sliced in half and a section was routed out to fit the USB drive. I cut the lid from the body and placed the USB in the body. Then I glued the halves back together and cut the blank into a roughly violin shape on the band saw. I then sanded and carved a relief for the placement of some parts from a broken wrist watch. Unfortunately the pictures don’t show this, but the bigger gear at back is open in the middle and contains a red light that illuminates when the drive is active.

Then I decided that the drive would likely be a show piece and not used often so a box might be a good idea. The box is just a simple pencil box style, but uses a watch winding handle for the knob. Also, I tried, only with limited success, to iron on a laser printed label. This is the barely visible lettering on the side of the box. Others have had much more success with this technique, but I figured that the box is supposed to be 200 years old, so it works. Part of steampunk culture involves creating overly complicated names for things, so I placed a paper label on the bottom of the box that reads “Professor Funke’s Diminutive Record Storage Cabinet.” It seemed appropriate :)

Thanks for looking.


-- Mike Funke

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#1 posted 874 days ago

That is cool! nice work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#2 posted 874 days ago

That is awesome. I love the write up and I love the steampunk name. I may have to comeback and steal your pencil box idea for a plan I have in mind.

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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#3 posted 874 days ago

I thought I had seen just about everything in wood here on Lumberjocks….....and now this. Amusing project and great description especially the part that says….” building something somebody needs, whether they know it or not”. I imagine this won’t be the last wood clad thumbdrive we will see on LJs. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#4 posted 874 days ago

Awesome, love it. I took apart a watch to make something steam-punk…only newer wristwatches have micro sized movements…whoops

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#5 posted 874 days ago

Veeery Coool!

-- Doug...

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#6 posted 873 days ago

Love it! The ring of the key fab to my car just broke, and what does a true Lumberjock think to do? Build a replacement from wood! I thought I was a little crazy – then I saw your project. Thanks!

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."

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#7 posted 871 days ago

That is so cool looking i love it. My wife loves it more though…..

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#8 posted 870 days ago

That is too cool!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 586 days ago

This is pretty sweet! I may have to lift this idea to build some for my brother, the computer programmer.

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