When the Fridge Magnet Challenge was announced, I had submitted a nice little fridge magnet instructable a week earlier. Now I had to come up with something new and improved and on short notice.
Wracking my mind, I suddenly remembered the magnetic flower vase trick from over at Curbly. Why did I think of that? Perhaps it was the extra pot of coffee at 1am. Maybe the curry from earlier. For whatever reason, that's what I thought of and thus, taking that as a hint this instructable is where it all ended up.
Step 1: Assemble the pile of parts
Small files or sandpaper
serious glue - either strong super glue or two part epoxy
Clear silicone sealant
The magnet. I am using a 1/2" diameter, 1/8" thick neodymium magnet. They are had to find locally, and thus we do that thing called online shopping. There are a good number of online stores that sell these magnets, but I like Ebay because it gives you multiple prices and options to compare before buying. I did a little digging on Ebay and as of this posting date, these are a couple of the Ebay stores with better deals for the magnets. Wherever you go to get the magnets, be sure to get the type that want to stack top to bottom, not the type that wants to go edge to edge.
- Search Ebay for neodymium magnets disc
- Incredible Magnets Ebay store (fantastic price/each, higher qty order, not as much vendor feedback as you might like)
- Neodymium Magnetic Discs from Emovendo Ebay store (almost twice the price per magnet, but they are slightly more powerful - 6lb vs a normal 5lb, and there is much more vendor feedback)
A plastic cable clamp of the size of the tube. In this case, 3/8"
a small scrap of sandpaper
A bit of cork
white school glue