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This is a fun little side project I had running. I saw that it was possible to purchase keybard magnets for the fridge on Ebay, but seeing as I had both an old keyboard and some magnet strips laying around I thought it was possible to make these myself. And it turned out pretty well if I must say so myself.

You can purchase some keyboard magnets here:

Keyboard fridge magnets on Ebay.co.uk

If you do already have an old keyboard laying around, then £8 is a little expensive. I am sure you are able to find a magnet strip for around £1-2, and even the keyboard should not be too pricey when bought at a second hand store.

Have fun with this project and feel free to visit my site for more random guides: www.cavaleri.dk

There is a different way to do this, if you want to use hot glue instead. Have a look at this video tutorial on how to accomplish that.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Keyboard-Refrigerator-Magnets/

Step 1: Gathering materials

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The first step is to make sure you have everything. However, you will not be needing much. Here is the list:

  • Old keyboard
  • Glue (I used tact/contact adhesive)
  • A fine filler (I used a filler for painting)
  • Magnet strips (can be bought cheap on Ebay)
  • A small piece of fine sandpaper
  • Tools (Pliers/saw and small screwdriver)

These are basically the things you will need. I had access to all of this but I would expect the total price of these to be around £5-7.

 
pmagnets1 year ago

Great idea

Nice way to recycle one or other keyboard with PS 2 connectors who have many people laying around. (anyone remembers PS2 ;)
I would use flat coin shaped neodymium magnets instead, because the most fridge magnets I know are too weak to hold more than itself and a thin note.

MiCavaleri (author)  lathe_makeatio1 year ago

That is a great idea! It certainly turned out that these magnets aren't as strong as one might hope. However, they are fine for my needs because I only have paper notes on my fridge.

petrolon1 year ago

Isn't this a copy of DIY Hacks and How Tos Instructable: "Keyboard Refrigerator Magnets?"

You posted this 24 days after he posted his. Come on, be original.

MiCavaleri (author)  petrolon1 year ago

I actually only noticed that this tutorial had been done a couple of times after I posted it on instructables and my blog and doing a google search on similar guides.
However, as you see I am using a slightly different method but I can see that the hot glue would have been a little easier. Although I'm not sure if it would be a waste of glue to fill the keys up like that.

I will go ahead and add his link to my instructable just for good measure.

@ngtronix: Thank you for providing the link. There are apparently a bunch of these and nice of you to find the original.

Anyone who wants to try this you should definitely should have a look at DIY Hacks and How Tos Instructable "Keyboard Refrigerator Magnets", he is using hotglue to attach the magnets which seems to be a bit easier to me.

@MiCavaleri:

If this is a copy you should respect DIY Hacks and How Tos' licence and give credit to him.

@petrolon:

I know that I basicly copied your comment, but I wanted to add the links ;)

This is great! can't wait to try it.

Sure go for it! Feel free to post any images of the results.

Oho! These are way cool.