How to Build a Robot With Stuff Around the House

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A junk robot is a great craft project for pack rats. Broken action figures, worn-out electronics, tin cans, and any other pieces of rubbish you happen to have lying around suddenly become arms and legs, laser eyes and metallic pincers. Why just clean up your mess when you can turn it into your own evil robotic army instead?

Things You'll Need

  • Doorknobs
  • Cans
  • Epoxy
  • Nuts and bolts
  • Miscellaneous junk
  • Soldering iron
  • Solder
  • Broken electronics
  • Build the head and face. You can use nearly anything small and metallic for the robot head. Find a doorknob, a pipe cap, or a small food tin and some pieces to paste on for facial features. Cut out old Christmas lights for eyes, for example, and use a safety pin for a mouth. Use epoxy or glue to attach the pieces together.

  • Build robot arms. If you want suction-cup arms, take toy suction cups and attach small rods onto them. For a more articulated look, take the arms from action fingers and glue metal pieces on them to make them look more robotic. You can also use small wrenches or old silverware.

  • Build robot legs and feet. The most important thing is that the feet can support the robot. Use something big and flat for feet, such as model bases or feet from furniture. The legs could be heavy and solid or thinner and more graceful, as long as they can hold the weight of the robot.

  • Get or build a robot torso. Use a broken tape recorder, an old oil can or a used aerosol container, and attach the arms, legs and head to it.

  • Put it all together. Attach the body parts to the torso with epoxy, or solder them together.

  • Decorate the robot. Fashion weapons such as guns or swords out of small pieces of metal. Paste scraps onto the chest to build robotic "muscles" or clothing. Circuit components from broken electronics look great and are easy to attach with a little bit of solder.

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