Introduction: How to Make a Magnetic Tray

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This is a simple and easy way to make a magnetic tray on the cheap.

You can use this for any garage or workshop to help prevent the loss of nuts and bolts during repairs.

Thanks to the magnet taken out of an old speaker, you can attach the tray vertical, upside down on any steel frame.

Step 1: Watch the Video

Watch the video and see how easy it is to make this project.

Step 2: Gather the Material

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You will need for this project:

- Magnet ( taken out from an old speaker )

- Silicone Tray ( easier to clean )

- Duct tape ( to avoid scratching any surface )

- Hot glue gun ( and glue sticks also )

Step 3: Get Started

Assemble all the parts, you can follow the video step by step.

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BeachsideHank (author)2015-02-03

I've got a bunch of donut magnets I saved from microwave oven harvests, this is a good use for one of them, thanks.

namora (author)BeachsideHank2016-05-12

Noisey hard drives are a good source for strong magnets.

No problem, let me know how it turns out, thanks.

Probably the same, They're both ceramic magnets

Thanks for this idea and magnet sources...i use magnets for pet collars ...for electric pet doors.It is most convenient, however, to have a hole in middle to fasten with a cable tie to collar.

garg11 (author)2015-02-08

Wow! It is free without purchaise or with any purchase in Harbor Freight Tools...

I got mine for free.

JoeB3 (author)garg112015-02-08

I found a $3 one but can't seem to find the free one.

dsantil71 (author)JoeB32015-02-24

it's the same one, u just get it for free when u use the coupon from the mailer.

garg11 (author)JoeB32015-02-10

Honestly, I got it by coupon.
What you should do? When you came to this store sign up for mail from them, you will receive every month coupons from them. Also check the Sunday Records with coupons, I observed these coupons very often there.There also other good stuff see on pictures, I got already dozen flashlights, couple tarps, rope, half dozen of screwdrivers. AA batteries(24 in pack) it was free and so good for small presents to your friends and relatives.

JoeB3 (author)garg112015-02-08

That link goes to a catalog of wrenches; could you please link to the exact link you got that? I am very interested...

garg11 (author)JoeB32015-02-10

I am not work for them, but I want people to save some money. :)))

dsantil71 (author)2015-02-24

We get the Harbor Freight ad mailed to us too!! Love them!! Their magnetic trays r awesome & cheap w coupon but even better free with purchase!! Your idea is good too for recycling stuff that's not being used & to keep it out of our landfills, save money, not have to spend money u that u don't need to either.

R.Y.Haddad (author)2015-02-11

Why pay anything when you can just follow this an make one for free. The only change I would make is to a rounded metal piece to fit inside and sandwich the magnet on the inside of the tray, that way you won't have a wobbly tray. Nice job Engineer of none

That's the whole idea, make one by yourself.


That's a nice idea, thanks!!

HeidiJ1 (author)2015-02-08

This would also work for pins and needles in the sewing room.

Engineer of None (author)HeidiJ12015-02-08

That's a nice idea.

mworrall (author)HeidiJ12015-02-08

I stuck a speaker frm a broken transistor radio to the lid of a jam jar [actually it stuck itself magnetically].I keep needles and pins in the jar-very effective

fishisteve (author)2015-02-08

I think I can manage this one.Fun and pratical.

Thank you

Thanks, let me know how it turns out.

yla (author)2015-02-07


Excellent !
...I've made one some time ago with a magnet from the motor of an old 5 1/4" floppy drive...
If you happen to get your hand on one of these drives, don't throw it away ! the
magnet of the motor are so powerful you'll find many use...

Engineer of None (author)yla2015-02-07

Hi!, thanks

Nice tip.

anees.ibra1 (author)2015-02-06

on ? right time ,thank u

Kafukai (author)2015-02-05

1st) Nice instructable :-)

2nd) Nice music in the video :-)

3rd) I would used a magentix sheet for the inside or a megnetic paint - but to lower the cost an old speaker magnet is also great.

Engineer of None (author)Kafukai2015-02-05

Hi!, you made my day with this awesome comment.
That's a great idea using a magentix sheet for this project!
Once again thanks for the comment.

Kafukai (author)Engineer of None2015-02-05

LOL :-) You had copied my typo, I ment megnetic sheet.

Raitis (author)Kafukai2015-02-06

Magnetix sounded like brand name for me, would've copied that as well lol

Engineer of None (author)Kafukai2015-02-06


tomatoskins (author)2015-02-04

This is great! I love simple fixes like this!

The simple the better!

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