Introduction: Construct a Magnetic Dickies Workshirt
Huh huh huh... I said "Dickie".
I often find myself under my car doing stuff. And while doing said stuff, I often find myself putting my tools on my chest. Why? Because it is a strain reaching back behind my head or across from myself and i don't have to go very far to get them. No forgetting where I put it too if it is sitting on my man bosom. Only problem is they fall off sometimes, like a lot.
So I got the idea to cram some magnets in a work shirt on my right side (since I am right handed). Personal solution to make my life friggin' easier.
I basically added a handy dandy pocket which has a magnet covered insert slid into it. The insert is removable so that the shirt can be rung out in the wash without sticking to the washer and everything else in there. The insert is made from oil/water resistant/proof stuff so that you taking a spill under the car doesn't ruin it. I chose a semi-rigid plastic for the insert to keep the magnets from folding up the shirt and sticking it together.
...This is my first instructable so bear with me
Step 1: Materials and a Precaution
- Dickie brand workshirt or some other brand workshirt if you are a Nancy Boy
- plastic signs you buy at Lowes. These yellow ones for posting private property are perfect. just flexible enough
- butt-load of 1.5" washers. This is actually optional as I will explain later. I chose this size, you could choose a smaller one for more force.
- butt-load of 1" diameter rare-earth disc magnets coated in epoxy (the epoxy: I was concerned about chipping, scratching, water and oil resistance)
- duct tape - duct tape really does do everything, don't it?
- a big hankerchief. I bought mine at a fabric store. It doesnt really matter what it looks like since it is going on the inside. You better get pink though... Wuss
- Steam a Seam! or some other woven interface mesh. Ask an employee at a fabric store. I hate sewing so this stuff is awesome
- marker, tape measurer or ruler, scissors, towel or ironing board, and an iron.
Step 2: Planning
lay out the shirt and plan out where you are gonna put this thing. I opted for the upper right chest. I may add a second one of these for my stomach area later. The red border shows where I was thinking it would go. Be sure to flatten it out on the inside and get an idea of where that will end up too.
I don't recommend having this thing too high on your shirt or going too far toward your armpit. It is not flexible enough for that and doesn't seem a good place to keep your tools for ease of reach.
It may help to lay on the floor and get an idea of where you want this to go. Be sure to take pictures so everyone can laugh at the out of context hilarity.
Step 3: Measure the Shirt
Next you are gonna wanna measure the area out that you want to magnetize. I went with a 6" wide area on my chest with an extra inch for when I seal and turn the pocket inside out. I made it about 11 inches deep again with an extra inch for the seem.
BE SURE TO LEAVE ROOM FOR THE SEEM YOU FREAKING IDIOT!
^ seriously. I pee'd myself off hardcore the first time I tried this.
"FFFFFFUUUUUU!!!!!" - me.
Step 4: Measure and Cut Out the Pocket Pattern
Time to take those measurements and use them. You want to cut out an area equal to double the width of the pocket. Or double the length, actually in retrospect that is probably the stronger thing because the bottom of the pocket will take the most force being as we have this whole gravity nonsense. But anyway... I doubled the width and got 14" (remember we are adding one inch for the seem) and measured out 12" for the length.
Step 5: Cut Out Interface Mesh to Seal Pocket, Iron, Turn Inside Out
Do exactly as I said there. Cut out a 1" strip of that Steam a Seam junk and follow the instructions to iron the edge together at the side and bottom.
NOTE: I only took a photo of the cutting it out for the side. Make sure to rememebr to do it for the bottom too
Now iron it and be sure to burn yourself. This is why I have the towel, because I do not have an ironing board.
Then, turn it inside out. Voila!
Step 6: Making the Insert
You have to stop with the pocket at this point and measure out the width needed for the insert. Why? Because I said so. Make it JUUUUUST under the total width of the pocket to make it snug but not a pain in the bum to remove and insert.
huh huh huh... "insert"
Same goes for the height.
You also want to round off the corners with your scissors for these purposes as well. And also to protect the fabric from getting a hole poked in it or something.
Step 7: Attach the Pocket to the Dickie
Cut out a big friggin' piece of that fuseable mesh stuff to cover the entire pocket. You want this sucker to hold come tornado or hurricane.So measure out a piece and cut it and iron it into the pre-planned place inside the work shirt.
I have mine place a few inches below the top button as shown and slightly under the buttons fold there. Be sure to not damage the buttons when ironing.
Step 8: Finish the Insert
OK time to attach the magnets.
These powerhouses should be spaced apart fairly well and taped down with the duct tape to keep them from sliding around and flipping over and pinching you and smacking into themselves and breaking and other nasty stuff.
On one side you may want to add washers. If you face this side outwards it will make the pull of the magnet a bit weaker and less 'sticky' which I prefer. They also prevent unnecessary snapping to the magnet. Like I said, these things are kinda fragile. So if something is gonna snap/slam onto your chest it would be nice if it was snapping to steel and not to your magnets... potentially breaking them or scratching the epoxy covering.
Lay down the magnets one at a time with the tape! Also make sure they all have the same pole facing outwards at the washer optional side.
Don't worry about the washers moving around. These magnets aren't letting them go anywhere, trust me.
Step 9: Finished + Hindsight
Bam. You should be able to stick various tools and bolts to your chest now like this sexy guy here.
If I were to do this again, What would I do differently?:
I might make the stick area a little thinner and longer down the shirt. I may do just that very soon. I figure this will save a little weight and give me more coverage up and down. Depends on how I feel about this width... need more test run uses "in the field".
I may also ultimately get some stitching done to it here because I imagine this mesh stuff will not hold forever.
I think i may also find a prettier way to attach the magnets like epoxy or some such instead of ducktape.