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One limitation of a typical office stapler is that it only lets you staple about 3 1/2" into the paper. This isn't enough for a lot of projects. If you want to put together your own comic book or a large banner, you are usually stuck stapling your project onto a piece of cardboard or carpet and then bending the legs of the staple by hand. They do sell extra long staplers or staplers with swivel heads but they still have their limitations.  

A better option would be to make a stapler with a detachable base. The base would be positioned under the paper and aligned to the top half of the stapler with magnets. This would allow you to staple any area of a project regardless of location. So in this project, I am going to show you how to convert a standard stapler into a two part magnetic stapler.

Step 1: Materials

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Materials:
Stapler
Four strong magnets (preferably rare earth)
Super glue
Tape

Tools:
Drill and bit set
file or grinder (optional)
 
maliboo1 year ago

realy cool

Ken122 years ago
Did you get that idea from Quirky.com??

That exact stapler design has been on production at Quirky.com for almost a year now .

http://gizmodo.com/5944610/detachable-magnetic-stapler-works-absolutely-anywhere

http://www.quirky.com/products/310-Align-detachable-stapler#
DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)  Ken122 years ago
No. I had the idea independently. I was just stuck in a boring office job and trying to invent better office supplies to fill the time. Then only after I finished building it, I found it on quirky. This actually happens a lot. Just this last week, I posted an instructable for a "swiss army key ring" http://www.instructables.com/id/Swiss-Army-Key-Ring/. Then someone pointed out that almost the exact same thing had been posted on kickstarter a few weeks ago http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2065501355/smartkey-free-your-pocket. Its pretty annoying. I normally wouldn't might, except for the fact that now it looks like I was just copying someone else.
I just need to do better research before starting projects.
You have my vote!
dana-dxb2 years ago
great idea and thanx for the share
very nice idea that u can make a stapler instead of buying one and thanks DIYHacksAndHowTos
This is absolutely brilliant! I might have to make one of these for hard to reach stapling applications.
batman962 years ago
You my friend, are a genius!
Thanks for sharing.
karlpinturr2 years ago
Nice idea, and thanks for posting.

One slight (potential) issue I can foresee would be the 'danger' of aligning the top-front magnet to the bottom-back one, as you can't actually see the bottom section. If you made sure the magnets were arranged:

         Top-front - 'North',      Top-Back - 'South'
Bottom-Front - 'South', Bottom-Back - 'North'

Or vice-versa, then the top-front/bottom-back and bottom-front/top-back magnets would repel each other, preventing you from mis-aligning them that way.

Of course, the thickness/importance of your paper(s) and strengh of your magnets might not cause that much of a problem... most of the time... but it might be worthwhile for tthose odd times it does matter.
caarntedd2 years ago
This has just solved a problem for me. Thanks for sharing.
Quite clever! Kudos on this - I hate hunting for a large document stapler when I just want to join a few large sheets...