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Construct a Magnetic Dickies Workshirt

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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
 
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Nice Stickie Dickie you have there. :)

And congrats on your first Instructable! You did great.
Can you please convert a metric butt load to pounds? I can't seem to find my conversion chart...

Awesome idea by the way!
nikolardo3 years ago
I love it when I have an idea independently verified. This is awesome. And very similar to my most recent instructable, http://www.instructables.com/id/Invisible-Usable-Back-Scabbard/ BUT you obviously started this before I published that. Great minds think alike.
ThorsMitersaw (author)  nikolardo3 years ago
OMG. I think i don't feel so ingenius anymore after seeing this... : / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyYTYqIB3-Q
Your idea is still great. Even though the arm bands can be bought, it's still cool to be able to do your own. Besides, one can make a more custom system.One idea is to put this where items can be held on the outside of my pants pocket to hold things like scissors, mini-metallic flashlight, etc.

Could also be used inside the pocket, to keep things from moving around a lot and becoming irritating when walking, sitting, etc.

Basically a magnetic pocket organizer. :-) I'm sure there are other ideas for this out there.

Good job.
That sucks man. Like so many people before you, Billy Mays beat you to it.
ThorsMitersaw (author)  nikolardo3 years ago
Whoa. Never thought of that. I think you jsut came up with an explanation of how so many video game characters swords stay on their backs without a visible scabbard. haha
*lol*
LifeWarrior2 years ago
Great Idea, I'm always doing something under my car I always lay a wrench or something down and have to scoot around on my creeper till I find it again. Great i'ble.
dad453 years ago
great idea - it could also be used around Halloween. Love your precise instructions - how much is a butt-load?
ThorsMitersaw (author)  dad453 years ago
Lol. A butt-load is the metric equivalent of .8 crap-tons in standard
yes. a crap-ton being relitively the average amount of crap produced by FOX news during primetime.
tulekah3 years ago
this is great!...for young people without pacemakers. don't hug your grampa while wearing!
Animador3d3 years ago
Great Idea! But I guess you must be completely aware when you are wearing this thing , so no to leave scissors or knives unatended. I mean, I would not want any sharp metal object flying towards my chest.
thoying3 years ago
Love the line about futurama.
This is a great idea. A few years ago I built a belt clip with a magnet for holding screws, I stopped wearing it when I got stuck to a car I walked past. That said, any problems with you sticking to things? Is the insert annoyingly heavy?
ThorsMitersaw (author)  mattthegamer4633 years ago
I am editing the last page of this instructable with things like this. The weight IS noticeable but not so much that I mind it. I think i would have made the strip a bit longer and less wide, which would give me more coverage up and down my body and weight a bit less. I havent stuck to anything yet but I tend to jack my car up really high.
tyride3 years ago
Lol, I can just picture a bunch of sockets flying off my shelf and hitting me in the chest. But still, this is a great idea. I'll be making one (I just need to be carefull about where I wear it).
ThorsMitersaw (author)  tyride3 years ago
lol, hey you shoudl gimme some stars or some such
5/5 dude!
le-Sid3 years ago
great! Gotta try this... probably with hard drive magnets
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