What made me do this? It’s an idea I had a couple of years ago and had to have a go at it! I had the legs made 18 months ago, so I definitely couldn’t let them go to waste!
We wanted to make some interesting seating for our stand at Revival this year, to go with our Dual arcade table. Which would also have one of our Rubik’s Cubes on the other side.
555 timer storage seat
The arachnid IC was made from 18mm MDF, some timber sections to mount the legs to and the legs themselves being 12mm aluminium. I’ve documented my build below in case anyone else wants to have a go.
The assembly was achieved with a mix of biscuits and the use of the Kreg pocket hole jig.
One part complete after some filling and plenty of sanding. The pocket holes were also filled on the inside.
Timber sections on the inside were fixed again using the pocket hole jig and plenty of glue. These sections were used to mount the legs to on the base.
After fixing the legs, this was the first time I could see if it really worked as a shape. Slots were cut into the base section for the legs to come through.
The notch was added before I could start to finish it. The 555 was first prepared with 2 coats of sanding sealer, then 2 coats of primer. The final paint was then applied. The photo doesn’t really do it justice, but it was a dark metallic grey which gave it that graphite look of an IC.
Some text was then applied: ST UK, NE555N, AU0314 for manufacturer/country, model and date code.
What’s the point of having all that space inside if you can’t use it!
A comparison with the real deal. A through-hole 8-pin DIL NE555.
Here it is in place next to our arcade table at Revival 2014.
The over-sized 555 looked great at Revival this year. It really hit the right age bracket with all of the retro-gaming enthusiasts, many of which asked where they could buy one!