This is my very FIRST Instructable! I've enjoyed this site for a few years and decided to contribute.
Yesterday I was admiring the USB drives in the Steampunk section and decided to create my own. With a few hand tools, a couple hours and some creativity I created my own. This drive doesn't reflect steampunk but fits my personality. I enjoy simplicity, originality and shooting sports.
For this project I started with two brass empty rifle cartridges. The idea was to shape but not stretch these to the correct size of a USB drive. I chose a 25-06 (same size as 30-06 and .270) and a 300 Win Mag (same as 7mm Mag). Rifle cartridges taper so I knew if the diameters of the body were close the would slide together then stop.
Step 1: Choosing/Disassembling a Drive
I went to Walmart and looked for a drive with the most narrow body. Through observation it appeared PNY brand would be my best bet. Luckily it worked very well.
1) Take off the cover with a screw driver.
2) Find the seam on the plastic body and line it up with you pliers teeth. Gently break the cover.
3) Observe construction. You will need to design your body to match. On this drive there is nothing holding the board in the metal sleeve on the backside. We will have to come up with a fix later.