Introduction: Nerd Tags

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So, I am a self proclaimed nerd. I wanted a way to show off by nerdity, but I didn't want to get one of those tee shirts that say something stupid like "Clones are people two." Being a nerd, I have lots of random motherboards and hard drives, RAM and PCI cards, and various other stuff like that lying around the house. I went down into my basement and grabbed the oldest, least useful thing I had, which I'm my case is an old dial-up card, and brainstormed on what I could do with it. I kept thinking of things, but they all sounded to girly. Then it hit me; dog tags. So here is how I did it

Step 1: Supplies

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I used an old dial-up card, a free dog tag I got from Fort McCoy for the shape, but I am sure you can print a template off somewhere. If you are like me, you have a million of those little chain things lying around you house, and if not, they have them at most craft stores for very cheap. For tools you are going to need: A vice, A hacksaw, Sandpapered, A dust mask, A drill, A nice well lit area for you to work, and Wire cutters

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Don't have a picture for this one, but take you real dog tag or template or what-not and trace it on your board in the desired position. Keep in mind, you are probably going to want to make 2, so make sure there is enough space.

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Now you are going to want to take all the capacitors and plugs and anything that sticks out beyond a reasonable amount and cut it all off with the wire snips.

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It should end up looking like this.

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From now until I tell you that you can take it off, you need to wear a dust mask. The little dust particles can cause lung cancer, and I am in no way responsible for any injury gotten from this project.

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Now you want to place your board into the vice snugly, but not so much as to crush any of the bits and bibs that make the board look cool.

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Make sure to hold the board securely as you are cutting out the basic shape.

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You should end up with something looking like this

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Now keep using the hacksaw to trim down the curves until it looks something like this

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Now start sanding down the edges into the desired shape. For this, I stapled a piece of medium grit sandpaper to my workbench. This works the best. Do not try to use a belt sander or other kind of motorized sander. It sands down fast enough anyways.

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This is about the shape you want it to be.

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Now drill a hole in the top for the chain to go. (I uses an 11/64" bit)

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Don't forget to clean up the mess! (You can take off the mask now after this step)

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String 'em up!

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Now go ahead and walk around town proclaiming your nerdiness. Enjoy! *note-for best effect, wear with a minecraft tee shirt and large glasses. If you want an Instructable for something, put it in the comments and I'll see if I can get to it


GAM3D1FF1CULTY (author)2014-09-30

Just make sure you cover it with a coat of something like one of the commenters said since even touching a circuit board can give poisons to you and other harmful products other than that cool maybe use a drill or punch to make the name, blood type, address, religion and social security:) it's a great idea.

Mattrox (author)2014-02-05

I really the idea here and the finished product looks wicked. Nice! Definitely making myself a pair of these.

RustPile (author)2014-01-27

Sorry, this is my other account. I forgot to say.

RustPile (author)2014-01-27

I like the idea, but I do not have the expertise to build circuit boards from scratch.

dan3008 (author)2014-01-12

would be amazing to make these practical. maybe a usb pen ( maybe an ATtiny85/similar?

I'm going to have to have a play with custom printed circuits (or home etching) and see :)

tylerstrayhan (author)2013-06-24

Be cool to add a NFC feature to these.

Ravirar (author)tylerstrayhan2013-11-03

whats NFC?

darman12 (author)Ravirar2013-11-18

near field communication

Ravirar (author)darman122013-11-19


darman12 (author)2013-11-18

Nice idea!

Ravirar (author)2013-11-03

It'd be cool to make this into a working PCB that could light an LED or power something. You could also add a small USB onto this for some real nerdy pro ness. Thanks for showing your nerdiness!

sleonard42 (author)2013-06-24

I was able to use a dremel tool on this as well! Still ended up great!

Prasanna_kumar (author)2013-06-11

Coooll.... :D

chatcher1 (author)2013-06-09


TREX ZoaR0K (author)2013-06-09

made it there great

Kzummo (author)2013-06-03


jpalka (author)2013-06-01

this is a great instructable! Thanks, these took me like 5 minutes each and look great!

slamdaddy (author)2013-06-01

This is an awesome idea, and it's given me an idea too.
How about incorporating the simple circuit from a solar powered lamp? It could charge a tiny button battery in sunlight, and when it's dark it turns on an LED or 2.

Bones3007 (author)2013-06-01

Are you going to make a girlie version?

PCfreak (author)2013-05-31

nice i even favorited it, too

joran79 (author)2013-05-29

Good job! I like this idea.

chatcher1 (author)2013-05-28

Thanks. I don't even have a bandsaw, let alone a laser...

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2013-05-28

When I saw it first, I thought it is laser cut. Nicely done, thanks for sharing your awesomeness and showing off your nerdiness :D. Keep up.

chatcher1 (author)2013-05-28

Thanks, and that's a good idea, putting a clear coat on it

Limadito (author)2013-05-28

Nice idea!

nnygamer (author)2013-05-28

It would be wise to add a heavy clear coat of paint to them, it will help protect you from any hazardous materials in them and protect them from body oils.

breumer (author)2013-05-28

Nice !

Dominic Bender (author)2013-05-27

I like the idea. A first step towards some sci-fi ID-tag - Thanks for sharing!

chatcher1 (author)2013-05-27

You can take of the mask now

chatcher1 (author)2013-05-27

Some f the more girlie ideas were things like cutting around an old intel processor in a circle and putting it on a silver chain or use some pieces to make a bracelet or something. I didn't really think it through that well, but maybe I'll make something more girlie in another instructable.

HelmutHound (author)2013-05-27

Gah! when can I take off this dust mask!

foobear (author)2013-05-27

What were the girlie ideas?

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