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Unfortunately we can't always be at our workbench or desk with all our tools at the ready, sometimes we just have to go out and explore the world...

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
  • Superglue
  • Pencil
  • Notepad
  • Matches and striker
  • Sewing Kit
  • Metal File
  • Button Cell battery
  • Red,Yellow,Green,Blue LED's
  • Resistors
  • Wire
  • Shrink Tubing
  • 2x Crocodile clips
  • Sandpaper
  • Duct Tape
  • Electrical Tape
  • Mini Scissors
  • Magnet (Gmjhowe)
  • Screw/Nail holder
  • Saw (Tobz1122)
  • 2x Zip ties (Yokozuna)
  • Candle (Kiteman)

That my friends is a lot of tools !

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

Ah the trusty craft knife, a staple tool in any makers toolkit and so obviously it had to go in the tin.

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 !

Note -
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...
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Jake_Makes10 months ago

Where is the inner tube!!!!!!!

dragonslug1 year ago
instead of using a piece of cardboard for the sewing kit you could use a piece of fabric as a container and an emergency patch.
Bitoworld2 years ago
I think I'm going to spray the inside of the lid with spray paint chalkboard and include a nub of chalk. I also found this measuring stickers. http://www.amazon.com/theCardstick-Cardstick-ruler-stickers/dp/B0057RMAPO/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=GTJB26O8WO3T&coliid=I2P7T0KA4BJQRR
Which might be useful stuck onto the thread card. Also maybe one of those flat magnifying lenses. And here is a tutorial to make your tin into a little red toolbox, double decker too. http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/surprise-dad-with-the-smallest-toolbox-ever/
adroach2 years ago
How about adding some screws and a mini screwdriver???
adroach2 years ago
You can also waterproof the matches by dipping them in the melted wax, cool tip I got from my grandpa!
What a neat idea!
Frederbee3 years ago
Try sacking a few Christmas crackers, I often get a set of three mini screwdrivers, or a magnifying glass, or tiny pliers. The sets they sell at grocery stores usually have the same generic fillings
RaNDoMLeiGH6 years ago
re: thread colors in sewing kit. Black, white, grey, light rose, light yellow, and medium brown will blend into nearly every other color, so if you are wondering which ones to use, try those.
what about blue
light blue
use the grey thread
BLUEBLOBS23 years ago
Where did you get those mini scissors? I need some for my first aid kit.
Robot Lover5 years ago
Cool dog! my dog likes to sleep all the time as well!
Same here (pic 1)!
She loves running too (pic 2)!
=SMART= (author)  J@50n5 years ago
Ahhh your dog is nice, she is like mine but mine is orange :)
mine is purple
actually my dog is purple with giant green and red spots on it
J@50n =SMART=5 years ago
You must have a Vizsla, i have a Weimaraner. very much the same, the are "cousins in dog world" 
Ilove the maker tin iwould never thought of any of that

kicksledkid3 years ago
ive tried do mike one of these before but could never think of what to put in... i only got as far as...
-full roll of electrical tape
-50 cents(just in case the cells dead:))
-band aids (just in case)

i bike a lot so would like to see one for biking!
Pamasta4 years ago
this might be dumb but i put in a chunk of not-yet-heated hot glue so you can melt it and use it as an adhesive
actually that might be a good idea
tim1273 years ago
i dont know if this would work but maby you could sharpen the other side of the saw and use it as a knife, but you would need a cover of some sort or you would probably cut yourself.
For the saw blade, you could add a small sugru handle to it to make it easier to use :)
i bet you could if you wanted to
uscola6 years ago
You didn't really do much, just stuffed some things into a tin..
Yeah, it's sort of the point of the contest to make something pocket sized though... Even so, I couldn't really vote for this.
lol i noticed that too! i looked through and said the same thing, i can't vote for this.
=SMART= (author)  hugeknee6 years ago
"Unlike other altoids-tin instructables i took care to not to "just stuff things in a tin" I modified the X-Acto knife, put together my own sewing kit, cleverly wrapped the tape around the shortened pencil, and the rest of the items weren't "stuffed in", they all have a purpose and a reason for being there. Also there is the Maker Tin theme about having a portable workshop you can take anywhere."
Instead of having to hack up a pencil, just use an IKEA pencil instead :)
Okay... so you have a razor blade, needles and thread, tape on a stick, and they all have a reason for being there. They are also stuffed into an altoids tin. I like a few of your instructables smart, this just wasn't one of them *shrug*.
You obviously have never needed these things at the most crucial time.
I've needed them, I just don't want to haul them from the bottom of the container, have everything fall out because it's just shoved in there, use the object, then have to put all the stuff back.
I would much rather have them then not. Saying you won't carry them because of risk of spilling, is like not having a toolbox because it can spill.
Except for a toolbox is large enough that everything doesn't fall out. You don't actually stack your tools on top of each other in the toolbox, do you? And Smart, I'm getting sick of all the crap, just accept that it's not as innovative as it could be, you've made plenty of other cool things.
=SMART= (author)  mg0930mg6 years ago
Agreed. Interesting that it has 35 more votes than the guy in second place, though.
=SMART= (author)  A good name6 years ago
Please read my reply to uscola's comment above
But everything's already pocket-sized though isn't it? I'm just a little tired of all these "creative" Altoids projects I guess. Just cause you stuffed it into a tin doesn't make it awesome!
Yeah, that's true. Smart's Bike survival kit (or whatever it's titled) is pretty interesting though, because everything has a defined place rather than just being chucked into a box.
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