Build: Chumby Guts kit

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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

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16 thoughts on “Build: Chumby Guts kit

  1. Dale Wheat says:

    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


    1. Becky Stern says:

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

  2. KentKB says:

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


  3. Ryan says:

    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…

  4. Duane Maxwell says:

    @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.

  5. Mark says:

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

  6. Dan Watts says:

    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?

    1. Becky Stern says:

      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!

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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