But fear not ! For I have come up with the perfect solution to this troublesome dilemma, thanks to this instructable you can now carry all your favorite maker tools everywhere you go without wearing a cumbersome tool belt !
Housed in the iconic Altoids Tin is an array of useful tools that will enable you to go about your everyday routine with the comforting knowledge that you can open, hack, modify or customize anything you want.
Thank you all for voting !!
Currently the tools in the tin include :
- Mini Craft Knife
- Matches and striker
- Sewing Kit
- Metal File
- Button Cell battery
- Red,Yellow,Green,Blue LED's
- Shrink Tubing
- 2x Crocodile clips
- Duct Tape
- Electrical Tape
- Mini Scissors
- Magnet (Gmjhowe)
- Screw/Nail holder
- Saw (Tobz1122)
- 2x Zip ties (Yokozuna)
- Candle (Kiteman)
If you have any suggestions for more tools check out this forum topic where you could win a patch for helping !
In the instructable i will show you how to make all the individual components and then at the end we will compile them and put them all in the tin.
Step 1: Mini Craft Knife
I contemplated making one on my school lathe but then I considered the time, effort and skill involved and decided to just cut one in half instead..
Anyway not everyone has a lathe so this way is better !
1 - Take the blade out so you dont stab yourself
2 - Measure your tin's width (Altoids are 9cm wide)
3 - Mark that width on your knife (including blade)
4 - Clamp the knife securely
5 - Using a hacksaw cut along the line
6 - Use sandpaper to round the sharp edges off
7 - Put in tin !
Dont try to use a wood saw... they break
If you are photographing the process, watch where you put your camera so you don't smack it with the saw when cutting...