Introduction: How to Make a Swiss Army Key Ring

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"Oh My God, my key chain is just a trouble! "… "Can I have my keys organized neatly? "…

If you have these questions, you just need this blog - to make an army key!

No further ado, let's begin!

Step 1: Preparations

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Several keys

2 * Thigh plates of the SunFounder Crawling Quad Robot [1]

Several washers [2]

2 x M3*30 screws (or M2, length depending on how thick the keys)

? * M3 (or M2 if M2 screws) nuts (? >= number of keys + 1)

1 * Thick & Hard cardboard

1 * Screwdriver

1 * Knife

1 * Pencil

Step 2: Insert the Screws Through One Thigh

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Since I use the round-head M3 screws (5.5mm head), it sinks through the hole on the thigh plate. So I use two washers.

Tips: Here I use some acrylic washers. If you don't have these, you can make them with a thick cardboard or cuttable plastic board [2]. Then cut the board based on the holes' size on the thigh and the keys.

Step 3: Put a Key on One Screw and a Wash on the Other

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It doesn't matter whether to put which on which. But remember the washer should be almost as thick as the key.

Step 4: Put More Keys in the Same Way

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Place a key and a washer alternately into both screws.

Note: When placing the key, pay attention to the hole on the key and the washer's size.

Tips: Keys into one screw should be nearly as thick as those into the other, which would make it most convenient to rotate out the keys on two sides.

Step 5: Place the Other Thigh Plate Onside

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After putting the thigh, fix them with two M3 nuts. Remember to screw a little first, and arrange the keys and washers well - one key on a screw, one washer on the other in a same level.

Step 6: Done!

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Good job to myself! :D

Step 7: P.S. [1]: How to Make These Two Cover Boards If I Don't Have the SunFounder Robot's Thigh?

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Prepare a hard and thick board - better use wood, plastic, polystyrene (EPS) board, or other materials than paper in case of getting wet and soft. Or if you have access to a 3D-printer, you make design and make one. If you really need to use paper cardboards, find one with water-proof film.

I've uploaded a file for this thigh plate and you can download the photo to draw/print your own.

  1. I just happen to have a disused box and I've printed the thigh plate on a piece of paper (plate in actual size: 73*21mm).
  2. Cut the plate's shape out and press it on the box board.
  3. Draw along the outline and cut it out.
  4. Pay attention to the holes at two ends - you can drill or punch a hole with a drill or knife or just a screwdriver, and the diameter would depend on the screw size you use.

Step 8: P.S. [2]: How to Cut the Cardboard for Washer?

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Put the key onto the card, mark the edge with pencil. Cut the washer out based on the mark. Drill/Cut a hole in the middle, diameter a little larger than the screw size 3mm.

Cut more for sufficient thickness.

P.P.S.:
Thanks for our customer Seth C who had uploaded his works http://imgur.com/xHbfE2E on our Forum. Thus we are inspired to make this project for all of you. Enjoy!

Comments

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2017-06-17

Cool. I like how the clear sides let you see the key that you are pulling out.

Thanks. We'll keep on working. ?

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