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My wife wanted some way to organize her closet so she could more easily find her clothes in a pre-caffeinated state. She wanted something similar to the plastic disks that separate different sizes that you see on clothes racks in stores. My solution to the problem was to modify some old CDs into labeled dividers that would fit around the rod in her closet.
 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

Here's the materials I used:

* Old CDs
* CD labels
* Packing tape

I used the following tools:

* Calipers (or other measuring device)
* Dremel (with high speed cutter, cutting wheel and grinding drum)
* De-burring tool
* Dust Collection System (Optional)

Step 2: Measure

Measure the diameter of the rod. I used a pair of digital calipers, but other measuring tools should be just as effective.

I then measured the diameter of the center hole in the CD.

The difference in size is the amount of material you'll need to remove from the CD. In my case it was 47/100ths of an inch. I rounded up to half an inch.

Now an error crept in, in my measuring. I measured a half an inch from the edge of the hole in the center of the CD. I should have measured a quarter inch so I would end up with a total of a half inch of material to be removed. The consequence is I have a much bigger hole than I needed. (Unfortunately I didn't notice anything was amiss until I was putting it on the rod).

This  measuring error happened to coincide with the transition from the clear plastic to the data area of the CD so I didn't bother to mark the outline. It was already done for me. When I make more of these (assuming Mrs. RadBear wants more) I'll need to mark the plastic so I'll know how much to remove.
Wasagi4 years ago
 Ingenious! 
You prototype clothes? Amazing! (Do any of them shoot lasers?)
RadBear (author)  Wasagi4 years ago
Not yet. Saving that for version 2.
Wasagi RadBear4 years ago
 Excellent... (Rubs hands menacingly...)
Chromatica4 years ago
Cool
Good way to reuse CDs that I believe will be out dated in a couple of years!