Toggle Fun

I just have to say this. Any project that gives me an excuse to install good old fashioned toggle switches is going to be extra fun.


I love toggles!

(I wonder if you can guess what I’m making? There are possibly enough clues.)


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9 Responses to Toggle Fun

  1. Philip H. says:

    Looks like an audio splitter of some kind. Perhaps to send your fantastic stereo signal to different parts of the house as you move about during the day.

    Either that or you are planning some kind of nefarious signal experiment with a Wii.

  2. Kortney says:

    Hmmm…Fun game…Perhaps an amplifier for your guitar or keyboard?
    Ode to Joy` in the New Year !

  3. Happy new year!


  4. Kortney says:

    Back again…On second thought, an amp would only have one in/out cable line, rather than left/right. Hmmm….still thinking….Phillip may be on to something with the stereo line channels through the rooms, but still seems like it is amiss. Whatever it is, remember to unplug all power sources before connecting or you may have an unexpected blast for New Years! Probably a good idea to save the toast until project is complete…Enjoy!

  5. Philip H. says:

    I based my response on the RCA plugs and 2 conductor cable. Looks too much like audio cable to be anything else.

  6. Clifford says:

    Ok.. warm… but the cable has *three* cores… and the colour coding on the RCA jacks are misleading.

    Clues also two posts before. 🙂


  7. Athena says:

    When I first read this post, I was going to say that you are making a home projection or a home theater system because of the prior post referring to your making a projection screen. But then I was mislead by the RCA connectors, which I thought were for speakers (black and red for left and right).

    Since you are a fan of movies (from reading your blog, I’m assuming that’s true!), it would be a fitting project. Connect a dvd player or a computer to a projector, hook up sound system… Just a guess — could be totally wrong, which wouldn’t be unusual. 🙂

    Have fun building, and have a Happy New Year!

  8. Clifford says:

    You’re all warm.

    Three cores means that it’s carrying something else other than audio (which has only the two channels, typically.) It’s a “component video” switchbox… or will be when I have done it. There are three SPDT (Single Pole Double Throw) toggles because I could not find a single Triple Pole Double Throw. Three cores, lines? Those three cables you might have connecting your TV to some other device (red, blue, green). RCA plugs are used for this too. I simply could not find any RCA plugs of those colours in Fry’s. Tired of switching from one thing to another by pulling plugs out of the back (and it risks damaging the main units too) and so this is the solution. Switchboxes, given how trivial they are, are utterly overpriced and I decided that I could not stomach paying that much for something that a small child with a soldering iron* could make in a short time with reasonable quality parts.


    (*A suitably informed small child, you understand.)

    (Update: I’ve changed the toggles to a different sort.)

  9. Clifford says:

    And indeed, Happy New Year to all too! Thanks. See the next post.