So,I was browsing on the internet blaring my music system at full volume with headphones on, when I saw this really cool vintage tape recorder. I stopped the music, took the headphones off, and stared at that beauty for 2 minutes. It had been quite a time since I had even looked at one of these. I suddenly remembered the days of good, tape music. The sight of those tapes lying besides gave me a encouragement push to go look at my own neglected collection.
So, when I saw my tapes catching up dust and cobwebs, I really ought to give them a new life. So I constructed a pen/pencil stand-cum-sharpener. Here I take a plunge to either destroy my tapes or make them into a beautiful stand. ( It was quite successful, as you see above, in the picture. :D)
Don't get bewildered by seeing the number of steps. I broke it down into many because I thought the more detailed, the better . But actually it's as easy as 1-2-3...!
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And for this instructable too... Hehe.. :D
Step 1: Things You Need to Have
1. Old cassettes (You can't get new ones, right...? ._.)
2. A bit of superglue; FeviKwik, as we call it in India. <Glue guns are better actually, but I didn't have one...>
3. Good quality paper tape <Optional, if the above is not available.>
4. A sharpener <Also, optional. IF you won't like to have a sharpener there. Just a stand is pretty good too! :D>
5. A printer <You know what.>
Step 2: Plan It Out!
1. Do I have enough time?
2. Do I have all the supplies?
3. Is what I am doing hurting others?
Planning your things really helps you and it can really lead to less confusion afterwards when you are stuck somewhere, wondering what to do...!
So, when you have done so, let's begin!
Step 3: The Basic Structure
Step 4: Start the Taping (or Sticking)
IMPORTANT NOTE:- Being as easy as it is, there is just one thing you have to keep in mind. Stick the fat side with the slim side and not the slim with slim or fat with fat. See the annotation and the other image for a better explanation.
Step 5: The 'U'
It should look like an incomplete 'U'.
Step 6: The Decision
So, if you decide to add the sharpener, then proceed to the next step. If not, then:-
Paste the last cassette just like every other, and proceed to the 8th step for adding the base. It would look like the image above.
Step 7: The Sharpener
Its really not as much difficult as the hype I'm making. It is broken down into 3 little steps.
1. Align the sharpener hole with the cassettes'.
2. Invert the sharpener so that the blade is facing downwards now.
3. Cool! Now just tape it tightly taking care that you don't tape the side with the blade.
The reason for doing it is that the garbage that falls out can be thrown afterwards. If it is facing downwards, it would result in crappy area and ultimately blockade of the sharpener. Make sure you do this, then.
When you've done this, just attempt step 6, with the modified cassette.
[Here is the video describing how to do it.]
Step 8: Prep the First Base
So to prevent this we will build a base; rather bases. We will get to why in the next step.
I used pieces of simple card sheets. Get these anywhere. Yes, anywhere. You can use any other material as long as it is sturdy and stiff enough to hold the weight of you pens, pencils and other stationery.
The first one is this: if you did not put the sharpner there, then you have to build just one. Just cut out a cardboard sheet the size of the base of your cassette stand and stick it there. Voila! Work complete!
P.S. Cut out another carboard sheet just the same size for the next step. :D
Step 9: The Second Base
1. Remember the sheet i asked you to cut in the step before? Time to use it! Trim its edges a little so that it exactly fits inside your stand. (You may have to use some measurements here!)
2. Align that square with the big hole and push it downwards until you reach the sharpener there.
3. Tape it!
Step 10: Fancy Print
Step 11: You Are Done
Just put the blade in proper position, and you have completed your cassette pen/pencil stand with/without a sharpener.
Above is my second completition of this project.