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Sew Useful Floppy disk binder

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This is a binder made from 5 1/4" floppy disks (from the DOS 3.2 era.) I have both my Macpack and Floppy disk bag on display in an art gallery and I wanted some way to present the instructables alongside the pieces, because they are as much a part of the art as the pieces themselves. So I stitched together sixteen floppies into 2x2 squares and had them bound with the printed instructables as two binders for presentation. And off we go:
 
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Step 1: The pieces:

The things you will require are:
floppy disks (crucial) 8x each binder,
A drill and appropriate sized bit (I rec0ommend no larger than 3/16",)
Magnetic tape from a cassette tape,
a needle with an eye big enough to thread the tape yet small enough to fit through the holes,
a binding machine or some sort of money/Kinkos® combo.
a printer or the above combo,
tassle material, i used my favorite ribbon cable.

If you desire to remove the labels from the floppies and the glue is still holding strong after 20 years I recommend a good soak.

Step 2: The math section:

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Remember how to add and divide fractions? If no, then be thankful that this project allows for substantial amounts of error. Break up two of the edges into a reasonable amount and mark with a pencil where you want to drill.

Step 3: The logic section:

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Here you arrange the floppies so that you can drill where you want in one go. The way I have layed them out here, in stacks of four because I need four total sheets of four (each stack contains only one corner for each page) if you put each stack directly on top of another stack to create one giant stack (resist the temptation to shuffle) then drill two rows of holes you will wind up with four of each corner piece with all of the ovular holes facing the same direction.

Step 4: Begin drilling:

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Begin drilling, here I have made a miter box with two perfectly perpendicular walls to keep the stack nice and square. Feel free to do the same if you desire
CreativeGeek11 months ago
That would be an epic Pokemon card binder too, actually.
A quick tip, 8" disks would make great binder covers, and if you wanna make a 3-ring binder out of those disks, you can also use some loose-leaf binder rings.
Goodhart4 years ago
Nice,  I still have a few 8-inch - SSSD  and some 5 1/4 inch diskettes  around somewhere....:-) 
 
my local office supply store can't put the spiral binding on.  does Kinkos do it?  BTW this is beautiful
imanalchemist (author)  porcupinemamma4 years ago
yes, FedEx-Kinkos is where i went to get mine done.
danimal12345 years ago
What about using that spray painted floppy as a logo? If it is logos you are referring to in this abdominal muse...
WELL DC I MEAN DC SHOES AND ALSO IT WOULD BE BETTER IF YOU HASE CIRCIT BOARDS INBETWEEN THEM INSTEAD OF THE STRING TO HOLD THEM TOGETHER
well it looks like dice and its all flopy why dont you make it like skater like a dc one out of griptape on cardboard like that and put dc logo
because you are not my target audience. I did not make this for you to like it, I made this for me to like it. And dc is not my brand.
i dont like it!
not constructive! Extrapolate: Why don't you like it?
ll.136 years ago
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jillg ll.135 years ago
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i'm going to make 5.25" floppy disk platemail!!!
Dalya6 years ago
You just looove floppy disks don't you? Craft kid :D Lovely idea. It's Beautiful <3.
how much space did those have on em, i remeber them but all i did was play games from em'
the floppy drive was single-headed and had a storage capacity of 322 kB
MattDurr6 years ago
those are some old school floppies! ;)
tiuk6 years ago
Retro-y good. Nice work.
ewilhelm6 years ago
Nice! Tell us more about the museum showing, perhaps in a forum post?
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