How hard is it to build a toy control panel?
October 23, 2012 7:04 PM Subscribe
I want to build a control panel for my sons - how much do I need to know about electronics?
posted by lieberschnitzel to sports, hobbies, & recreation (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I have a 2 year old and a 5 year old. I want to build a generic control panel for them. Lights, switches, buttons powered by batteries, set in a wood/plastic housing. This seemed simple at first. Batteries plus wires. A bunch of simple circuits, a collection of stuff from home depot. Fin. Then I picked up a book on electronics and my head is spinning. The gist is: if you do things wrong THERE WILL BE FIRES.
Now I'm staring at breadboard diagrams and trying to figure out what kits to buy from Amazon to train up to a place where I am control-panel competent. I exaggerate, but, um, was my faith in myself and Duracell AAs misplaced? How do I do this without getting a BA in electronics for dummies. Or: if I need a BA, where do I start. Please help a simple man who thought he had a simple idea.