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This instructable is intended for the I could make that contest. 
For a while I have been intending to make a key holder out of a folding allen key tool, replacing some of the allen keys with actual keys. The aim being to have a nice compact set of keys, with no sharp edges to wear through pockets.
However I recently came across this
Key Holder
which coupled with the current I could make that contest running, and my long overdue intention to stop lurking and make an instructable made me decide to go for a leather design.

First off things you will need:

Ingredients:
Leather 
Interscrews ( I used these)
Snap fastener (or other closure method)
Washers (Optional)

Tools:
Scissors
Dremel (Optional)
Super Glue (Optional)
Paper (Optional)
Calipers (Useful)

The leather I used was a leather patch designed to be sewn onto a garment, this was restrictive in size and also wasn't as stiff as I would have liked. I would recommend spending more time sourcing your leather than I did.

The Interscrews and washers can be cannibalized from a cheap folding allen key tool such as this

 
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Step 1: Prepare Keys

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To get started, check that your screws fit through the holes in your keys. If they don't fit then you can widen the hole using either a file or a grinding bit on a dremel. If you are doing this to a car key or other key containing an RFID chip or similar then be careful not to damage the chip.
3366carlos6 months ago

very nice, I used to have one of these back in the day. 80's.

paulcoyote made it!6 months ago

Hi MaxAB:

I made it!

I've uploaded an SVG file with the shape of a 9 cm long key holder. You can resize it to fit your key size. I don't own a car so my apartment and office keys fits perfect in it.

I couldn't find today (May 1st. everything is closed due to Intl. Worker's Day) the screws but will search for it in saturday, meanwhile I've used a plastic strap and a metal ring to keep the keys in place.

The total cost was about USD 4,oo, it's about 10 times cheaper than the fancy ones you can find in the internet.

Thanks for sharing!

Paul

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valkgurl1 year ago
Very nice idea! For stiffer leather try looking on line for people selling bundles of scrap leather---this is often the type of size needed for these small projects and sometimes you get nice colors too! You can also look for stiffer leather at thrift (charity) shops in the form of womens purses---I see these all the time and often for a dollar or so you can get a lot fo useable leather with hardware included.

If you want to stitch the edges you can use a sewing machine to pierce holes along the edges--sometimes they won't SEW thru but you can get the needle to PASS thru and make neat spaced holes---and then use WAXED THREAD to stitch for a finished look and to prevent fraying.

The screws you used are also called CHICAGO SCREWS in the USA and are used in harness working and other applications. I know you can also find what I believe are called BINDER SCREWS or POSTS at office supply places ---these are what are used to hold those big "drilled" stacks of print outs or legal papers. Don't know what lengths these come in tho.

Great first post!!!!
neo716651 year ago
Dip the leather in hot wax, let it dry, then buff excess off. Can be repeated as many times as you see fit. That will stiffen it, seal it, and make it water proof.
MaxAB (author)  neo716651 year ago
Thanks for the reply.
I read a little about this method whilst I was doing this, however I didn't have enough wax handy nor a vessel I was happy to end up coated in wax. However I may give this a go with the other patch of leather.
maybe a dollar store candle and an aluminum foil pan?
Thrift shops, I have a big stainless steel pan I do knife and gun holsters in. Picked it up for under $5 awhile back and my wax stays in it. Pick up candles all the time for under one dollar.
MaxAB (author)  neo716651 year ago
I have now edited the instructable to mention this method and will update further if I have time to give it a go.

Thanks
neo71665 MaxAB1 year ago
Ya didn't have to edit it, just making a suggestion as somebody that does leather work from time to time.
neo716651 year ago
Thrift shops sell candles and real pots cheap. I get my candles from there for 25 to 50 cents. The big sauce pan I use I got for I think $2 a few years back.