You've seen it copied around the internet, but here's the original!
This is another SYAH (Stuff you already have) Instructable. In it, I will be showing you how I created a secret compartment for money or paper that fits inside a working pencil. It can also be used as a handy way to store a grocery list, reminders, or pass secret messages to friends. It may take a couple of tries to get one that comes out right, but it is pretty simple to do. I used a similar idea in a pen, but I was not as pleased with how that turned out. As a result, I have chosen to come back to give this one another try in a more effective, sleek, and clever design.
If you are interested in the original pen version, click Here.
Step 1: Supplies
- A paperclip
- Something to put into the compartment (Paper, money, note) and of course, a...
For tools, we will be using...
-Drill press (With a vice or some other method of mounting the pencil vertically to the press)
Step 2: Opening
Step 3: Prepare for Drilling
Step 4: Prepare for drilling part 2
I also set the height of the bed such that the drill would bottom out before it hit the two-thirds mark of the pencil. When I was sure that the all of these things were true, I set the bit to line up with the center of the pencil. With everything set, I drilled away all that I didn't want, and I had a hollow pencil. When I was done, I marked how deep in the hole was. It's information that will come in handy later.
Step 5: Adding a hook
To use the paperclip as a hook, I simply straightened one piece of a paperclip and cut off the rest that I didn't need. I compared the length of my wire to how deep the hole was, and found it was far too long. To fix this, I trimmed the excess off, too. When I had a satisfactory length, I pushed it into the eraser that we removed earlier. I then took two pliers to add a small bend in the end of the wire.
Step 6: The inserted
Step 7: Completion
Step 8: TaDa!
If you want to see the original pen I was talking about, you can see it Here.