Introduction: Floppy Disk Notepad

Have you ever had way too many unused floppy disks and needed to write something down at the same time? Yeah. All the time. I know.

Here is a solution that solves both of those problems at once: a miniature notebook made with floppy disks. Geeky and stylish!

Step 1: You Will Need...

You don't need much for this project, and what you do, you should already have.

You will need...

6-8 Sheets of Paper
Something to cut the paper with
A Pen or Pencil
Drill with Assorted Drill Bits
Two Floppy Disks
Clamps
Stiff Wire or small Chain Links
Soldering Iron (Only necessary if you're making your own chain links)

Step 2: Make a Template

Unless you have floppy-disk-sized sheets of paper readily available, you'll need to cut your own sheets of paper. Now, this is not as tedious as it sounds, so you can stop freaking out about cutting out 30 sheets of paper one at a time.

First, we need a template. Lay the floppy disk on one sheet of paper and trace around it. Draw a couple of lines inside the template on the left and right sides, about .5cm in. Do the same for the bottom, too, then cut it out. This is so the paper is just a little smaller than the floppy disk, you don't have to do this unless you don't want the paper coming out the sides.

Step 3: Cut the Paper

Stack 6-8 sheets of paper on top of each other, lay the template on top, and cut away. Cut out as much paper as you like, but just know that the more paper there is, the bigger the chain link has to be. I cut just enough for it to be like a cheap little notepad. I won't run out of paper soon, but when I do, I can simply cut more paper and put it in.

Step 4: Stack and Drill

Once you have all the paper you would like, lay one floppy disk face down. Put your paper on top of it, then the second floppy disk, face up. Place the top edge paper close to the top edge of the floppy disk.

Mark where you are going to drill the holes, and put a some small marks there. Put the clamps right below the drill spots, to reduce vibration and provide a cleaner hole.

With everything in place, drill some small holes in the designated spots, through the paper and all. Then take a bigger bit, and drill a hole big enough to give your chain links just a little room to move around. The purpose of the smaller hole is to act as a "pilot" hole, and make sure that when you drill the big hole, the drill bit goes where it's supposed to.

Step 5: Make Chain Links and Solder

If you have pre-made chain links that are the right size, great! Stick 'em in, bend the shut, and you're good to go! For the rest of us, though, we'll need to make our own chain links.

Cut two pieces of wire a few centimeters long to become the chain links. You'll need more if you have more paper, but always try to get a little more that you think you might need. You can cut some off, but you can't cut it back on. (That'd be strange.)

Bend the wires into circular shapes, but leave the gap big enough so you can put them through the floppy disks and paper.

Put the open chain links through the whole thing. It'll be easier if you leave the clamps in place to hold everything together.

Bend the wires shut and shape them so that they are more circular. Solder the wires together, and you're done! Try not to have the chain links too big, or everything will move around too much, and don't make them too small, or nothing will move very well.

Step 6: Love It

Now use it. Draw a keyboard inside. Take orders at the Geek Cafe. Or show it off to all your friends. Just have fun with it!

If you run out of paper and you don't want to make a whole new notepad, just cut some more paper, desolder or unbend the rings, and add the paper.

Thanks for reading! Why don't you leave a comment? I really enjoy those. ;-)

Comments

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ezraG (author)2012-08-28

does anyone know where you can get those cool macintosh floppy disks from?

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jordan4762 (author)2012-08-12

You get 8 sheets of paper and 2 floppy disks of text-storage

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sabbott (author)2011-06-06

Nice!
I often save the plastic binding from spiral bound materials when i recycle the paper. but haven't figured out what to do with it yet.
this gave me an idea -- drill more holes, then thread the spiral binding through. You could hold a lot more paper that way, and it wouldn't move around too much.

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timothymh (author)2010-05-01

 Binder clip rings! You can get 'em for cheap at any office supply store.

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lieuwe (author)2009-05-23

couldn't you have used the write-protection holes? saves you some work :-P

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imaxtothemax (author)2009-05-18

i love the old macintosh floppys because i have abunch lying around... but i think they all have important information on them... heh

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metroid62 (author)2009-04-25

I made one, but the holes are messed up a bit. Oh well. Anyways, Great job.

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Dreamhacker#023 (author)2009-04-21

yeah brilliant. great floppy art

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ambidextrous1 (author)2009-04-11

I'm trying to find a "post it" pad that's the proper size to mount between the floppies. Thanks for the great idea!

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maslo (author)2009-03-10

Nice i'ble. It reminds me of me making a spiral notepad out of my favorite postcard and a copper wire.

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akinich (author)2009-03-10

hey you can always use a soldering iron to make a hole . thats what i did since i do not have a drill any way this idea rules

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cdwarch (author)2009-03-08

You can use binder rings from an office supply store if you want to refill the notebook many times. Drilling through the floppies and the paper is a good idea!

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CybergothiChe (author)2009-03-07

That is wicked, G! god damn man, that is like totally rad to the power of sick, man. I'm gonna go and buy a whole heap of floppy disks and paper and make a whole heap of these and then sell them on the black market and make a killing, oh yeah, look what you have created... well, I'm at least going to make one... but yeah, rad, sick, fully wicked, aiiiiiiight!

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fedecale (author)2009-03-07

SO FKING AWEZOME :P srusly pretty cool

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maxman (author)2009-03-07

You have inspired me to make my own. Any ideas on how to attach a little pen/pencil?

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Vynash (author)2009-03-06

Dude.... This is amazing, it would be perfect for my homework assignment pad! I must build this in my free time! Fived and faved!

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greensteam (author)2009-03-06

This is great. Another super repurposing of old computer junk. We may never need the new electronic waste disposal regulations at this rate. I would reccommend using keyrings or split washers to save on the faff of making copper rings.

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rosquillo (author)2009-03-05

Thanks! I've got a wire spring binder and I'll try to make one like yours with two 5 1/4 inch floppys (remeber, those greater and softer).

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maxxxem (author)2009-03-05

i made one of these like a year ago and i still have it 5**

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memyselfand1 (author)2009-01-25

This is an absolutely brilliant idea!! I am a reasonably geeky person and i just have to try this.

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munchman (author)2008-09-30

Awesome. I'm making one of these

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completegeek (author)2008-09-06

Dang. I was meaning to do this instructable for forever but kept putting it off. Great instructable, with the floppy disk pen holder and this, everyone can insure their status as the uber geek in their office building.

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ICE_T (author)2008-08-08

this and the floppy disk pen holder were the perfect birthday gift for my dad, he loves 'em both

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DuckyMakesWhat (author)2008-06-30

I made these last year with my students, but they were a little more simple. We used the holes that are already in the floppies. We also used key rings that could be taken off to easily replenish paper. They are quite fun. Good job 1up!

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1up (author)DuckyMakesWhat2008-06-30

Thank you! I didn't use the original holes because the rings would have fallen over to the side, making it hard to open. Nice idea, though. ;)

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computergeek (author)2008-05-03

Really cool Idea! Good use for old floppies. Good job explaining how to do it to.

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Also you can use a computer to make templates with lines.

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Derin (author)computergeek2008-06-25

then write the file on the front disk! the irony is that you destroy the template before you use it

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1up (author)computergeek2008-05-03

Thank you. :)

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Pixel_Master (author)2008-03-27

Dude! this roxorz! I'm making one right now, but it's kinda late, so I'll finish it tommarrow! :( Oh well. Great instructable, by the way! Faved

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1up (author)Pixel_Master2008-03-28

Cool! Post some pics when you're done! :D

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Pixel_Master (author)1up2008-03-29

sure!!!! i'll post some pics as soon as I can!!

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lawizeg (author)2008-03-24

I love you.

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1up (author)lawizeg2008-03-26

Oh really? Got plenty of floppy disks? :)

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computerwiz_222 (author)2008-03-25

This idea has been posted in a video already! It was on metacafe and is now posted on instructables.

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1up (author)computerwiz_2222008-03-26

Really? I didn't know somebody had already made a video about it... Oh, well.

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GorillazMiko (author)2008-03-20

Another great Instructable 1up! I'll ask my dad if he has any at work, I want to do this. Maybe cram some LED's in there, that would be awesome! +1 rating. (added to favorites)

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Goodhart (author)GorillazMiko2008-03-22

really, about 3 months ago I threw away about 1200 used 720k disks. Sigh oh well. I am sure there are a few hanging around somewhere

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1up (author)GorillazMiko2008-03-21

Really? Sweet! Post a picture for me if you do! :D

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brainwise (author)2008-03-21

Great idea for recycling floppies. You get a +1 just for using classic Mac floppies.

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1up (author)brainwise2008-03-21

Hehe, thanks. :P Don't forget to vote, too, if you like it.

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gmjhowe (author)2008-03-21

OMG i love the classic macintosh floppy - it makes this project 5 times better!

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