On my normal day to day web browsing I came across a news post about wooden USB sticks, I was intrigued by the idea of incorporating wood into a pc and it sure was a fashion statement… As was the price! A 1GB wood stick costs 70 Euros (or about $90 US).
So why not make it yourself for a fraction of the normal costs, all you need is a USB stick and some epoxy glue, that and the gift that nature provided trees? Remember to speak softly and carry a big stick.
Now I don’t want any tree huggers on my ass, nor do I want to chop down the rain forest, but just go out into the local woods and stare down on the ground until you find a piece of dead wood that you like, best is to take some samples with you about 1inch is a nice thickness, but if you want half a log that’s up to you as well… Just make sure that the twig surpasses the width and length of your USB stick.
Also, don’t forget to look up now and then or you’ll run into a tree (we here at OCMS aren’t responsible for cranium defects). Then again if you put a USB stick inside a tree then there must be something not functioning 100%, just like me ?
So after you have recovered from the mild concussion you got from not looking up enough, it’s time to sort the pieces you gathered. It’s all up to your imagination, cut the wood to the desired length, but keep in mind it still has to stick out of an USB slot so adding half a tree is a bad idea. In general it’s wise to use a miter box when possible to achieve a straight cut.
You also might want to inspect the wood’s quality. Make sure there aren’t any wood worms, the wood is not soft, or any other defects. If so, just discard the wood and get a new piece. Though the size of your twig isn’t the only important factor, mini USB sticks are easier to use than larger ones, since you can only go as deep as the shaft of your drill permits, so it’s wise to check out dimensions.
Once you’ve made up your mind about the length, pull out your trusty swiss knife and cut it down to length (or just use a normal saw and miter it down to size). Now just take your victim, errrrm I mean your USB stick and discard the plastic covering, which can be done with a flat screwdriver. To create the slot I used my trusty Dremel and accessories. I used a straight router for the rough cuts, but it sill cut away the wood very quickly, so a firm grip and steady hand is needed to freehand it (as in material in one hand, Dremel in the other). You can also use a clamp to secure the wood as you route your new slot.