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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.
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Step 1: Materials

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Four strong magnets (preferably rare earth)
Super glue

Drill and bit set
file or grinder (optional)

Step 2: Separate the Two Halves of the Stapler

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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

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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.
maliboo1 year ago

realy cool

Ken121 year ago
Did you get that idea from

That exact stapler design has been on production at for almost a year now .
DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)  Ken121 year 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" Then someone pointed out that almost the exact same thing had been posted on kickstarter a few weeks ago 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-dxb1 year 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.
batman961 year ago
You my friend, are a genius!
Thanks for sharing.
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.
caarntedd1 year 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...