When I put together my Chumby Guts kit, I had to stop and scratch my head a few times because I didn’t know how to orient a part or which screws to use. I filmed the second time around, to share with you how easy it comes together! Now all that’s left is to build a plush enclosure for it. Keep an eye out for an upcoming CRAFT Video about that!

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Chumby Guts

Chumby Guts

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • Dale Wheat

    Excellent video! Thanks for sharing. You make it look so easy! Is there anything you can’t do?

    I’d really love to play with one of these Chumby Guts kits. Let me know when you get tired of your and I will take it off your hands :D


    • Becky Stern

      Yeah, there’s a bunch of things I can’t do, like reach things on tall shelves! =]

  • KentKB

    As always you nailed it,I can hardly wait to see a plush body take form.
    Hmmm, maybe a Cyclops?


  • Ryan

    Is it important to leave those pink putty pad things on the boards? It seemed like leaving them on made it more difficult to set the boards when screwing everything down, so I took them off…

  • Duane Maxwell

    @Ryan – yes, it’s very important to have those. They are used to transfer heat from various components to the heatsink. Without them, the electronics may overheat and fail.

  • Mark

    I think my odds of putting this together without this video would have been approximately zero.

  • Dan Watts

    There is no way that I would have figured out the correct assembly procedure without this video – thanks!

    However, after I powered up my Chumby I found one problem – it wasn’t responding when I clicked the flex switch (i.e. no control panel). According to a Chumby forum post, the 2 leads from the plug should be soldered to the switch at the positions marked “COM” and “NO”. On the switch I received, the COM position is the bent brass tab on the side of the switch. The video shows the leads soldered to the 2 straight plugs at the end of the switch. Perhaps there is more than 1 switch type shipped with the kits?

    • Becky Stern

      Nope, I have the same one, but I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working! Thanks for fixing the problem for both of us! I’ll put a note in the YouTube video about it. Cheers!