A lot of you might recognize this problem. You are printing a booklet at home or at the office but you only have a normal stapler. With this normal stapler there is no good way to staple a booklet. There are special staplers for booklets, but they are very bulky and expensive (so nobody has them).

I was thinking that it would be possible to staple booklets with a small (and cheap) stapler when the head of the stapler would be turned 90 degrees. So I made some quick sketches.

This is my cheap way to make such a stapler.

You will need:
  • A stapler (I found myself a really nice small one for under 2,-)
  • Some metal profiles (I used aluminum) 
  • Bolts and nuts (I used M4)
  • A saw (could be a hacksaw, but I love my bandsaw)
  • Screwdriver
  • File (or sander)
  • A drillpress (or normal drill)

Step 1: The Donor

The donor stapler

To make it easy and compact I found myself a cheap, small and mostly plastic stapler. The plastic is easy to cut.
First you will need to cut of the bottom part of the stapler.
I had to cut off some sharp corners from the top part to clean it up.
From the bottom part I cut off the braces to make it smooth.

nice one! we heeded one last December 2012 to bind some missalete for a sister wedding, we bought a new one!
Amazing! Thanks a lot!
Great idea and execution! Congratulations! :)
This opens so many posibilities, like hole punchers :D
That's a pretty cool hack. Wile E. Coyote would be proud!
This is a very clever, out-of-the-box way of doing it. I love the clear, well-lit photos. I did a similar Instructable, but more along conventional lines. It is linked at the right side of the page. I recently modified it to remove some side-to-side play that sometimes resulted in misformed staples, but there are no photos of the modifications posted. Thank you for doing this.
Good idea, clever solution.

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Bio: I'm a social-worker, working with 12 - 23 year-olds. I used to be a printer and I worked voluntarily in Romania for a couple of ... More »
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