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
Four strong magnets (preferably rare earth)
Drill and bit set
file or grinder (optional)
Step 2: Separate the Two Halves of the Stapler
Most staplers are held together at two points on the stand where the metal is punched through holes in the base plate and crimped in place. To separate the two halves of the stapler, use a drill bit that is a little bigger than the holes to drill out these areas. On most staplers you will need to drill out both the top and bottom sides to remove all the metal. At this point the stapler should come apart.
Step 3: Drill Holes for the Magnets
If your magnets are larger than the holes that you just drilled, then you need to widen the holes so that the magnets will fit inside. The easiest way to do this is to drill them out with larger drill bits. If the bit gets stuck on a metal bur, turn the plate around and resume drilling on the opposite side. After drilling, use a file or grinder to remove any sharp edges. This will ensure that both halves of the stapler have a flat surface without any metal sticking out.