RECYCLE OLD PCBS TO MAKE
A CASE FOR STASHABLES.
In our consumer society, most
materials are discarded once they
become old or obsolete. Many of these
» German artist Kerstin Schultz
makes furniture art out of pencils,
like this pencil table.
rejects have a hidden beauty that can
be brought back to life in a new form;
discarded or never-used printed circuit
boards (PCBs) fall into this category.
A consequence of the high-tech
bubble bust of a few years ago is that
millions of PCBs were never used and
» On April Fool’s Day in 1976,
Apple Computer debuted the
Apple I, the first single-circuit-board computer.
are now resting in warehouses, waiting
for a new lease on life. This project
shows how to make a 2-drawer case
and “veneer” it with recycled PCBs. The
Photograph by Martin Broomfield. Illustrations by Tim Lillis.
PCBs’ coppery traces look like metallic
petroglyphs, and the case looks great » Researchers in Zurich are
developing a computer chip that
in any modern living room or office. could be inserted into furniture
pieces, to make DI Y furniture
Depending on the size, the case can building easier. Turns out there
are only 8 sturdy ways (out of
hold precious papers, jewelry, stationery, 44) to build an Ikea wardrobe. craftzine.com/go/ikea
pens and pencils, or CDs.
Andrew Argyle is a writer and inventor currently making things in his garage; sometimes they show up on
his website ( glowingtech.com). He lives in deep suburbia with his wife, stepdaughter Angie, and their two