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Most people have to keep track of at least a few keys. The easiest way to do that is to just keep them all on one key ring. But the more keys that you have, the more they fan out on the ring. If you have a lot of keys, then your key ring can get pretty bulky and impractical to carry in your pocket. Here is an alternate design for holding and organizing your keys that is a little more efficient.

The design of this key holder is very similar in construction to a Swiss Army Knife. The keys are arranged on two parallel bars. Each key can be rotated into the handle for compact storage and rotated back out for use. So here is how to make a Swiss Army Key Ring.
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Step 1: Materials

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Two pieces of wood (about 1" x 3.75" x 1/8" each)
Thin sheet metal (about 2" x 3.75")
Two #8 machine screw lock nuts
Two #8 machine screws, 3/4" long
Ten #8 machine screw washers
Glue that is able to bond wood to metal (not pictured)
Wood stain (optional)
Polyurethane (optional)

Drill and bit set
Tin snips
Sand paper/sanding block
Small binder clamps

Source Tips:
Paint stir sticks are a good size to be used for the wood pieces. These are generally free at the paint section of most hardware stores. For the sheet metal, I used a baking sheet that I found at dollar tree for $1. This yields about 13" x 9" of metal.

Step 2: Cut the Wood and Sheet Metal to Shape

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Use whatever rounded object that you have readily available to trace a semicircle onto each end of the wood pieces. Then using a saw or knife, cut along the outline.Trace the shape of these wood pieces onto the sheet metal. Using a pair of tin snips cut out two pieces of sheet metal that are a little smaller than the outlines. 
tunney5986 made it!1 month ago

Great instructions, I didnt know this was such a following. I just got a KeySmart, and love it. Worth the $15 if you want to avoid the cutting

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andgraf5 months ago
It has, I imagine, the added benefit of giving enough leverage to help those with arthritis turn the key
CaTTeN9 months ago
made tihs from 2 old RAM blocks ;)
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DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)  CaTTeN9 months ago
wdsims639 months ago
Wow. Really nice. This is probably the best quality instructable I have seen. Clear instructions and nice photos. Just enough steps.

Thanks for the idea. I got a "Key Flip" from kickstarter and I was less then excited about it. This seems like a much better solution for me than the product I paid real money for. :)
arain210 months ago
you can also use meal spray paint (or nail polish) and paint the top of your keys colors for organizing them. just the top before the hole so it doesn't mess with the mechanism.
Moe Greatness 10 months ago
I might build this
Sharad10 months ago
Thanks for giving very clear instructions to make this useful key ring.
I sooo have to do this!!! my keys mingle and tangle and sometimes i have to untangle them for a few minutes before i can unlock the door. its no fun, but no more...
Zikkurat10 months ago
I saw a similar product on Kickstarter a few days ago, and immediately came to Instructables to see if anyone had made one themselves. I am glad I did. I managed to make one out of what I assume is extra furniture hardware that the previous tenants of my apartment left behind. Thanks for the Instructable!
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LuisQP10 months ago
la mejor solucion!!!!
marcuccione11 months ago
Saw this for sale on kickstarter
DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)  marcuccione10 months ago
Yeah. I just saw that earlier today. It's always annoying when I have a good idea, and only after building it find out that someone else has already made it. Like when I made the magnetic stapler and then I found this
I wouldn't mind except for the fact that it looks like I am copying other people. I really need to do more research before starting a project.
agis6811 months ago
Today i made my own with an old pcb from tv remote control. The pcb is free of parts and cutted and sanded. Also i add at the end some electronics for decoration.....
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guffe jensen11 months ago
Well done
LITTLEski11 months ago
This is amazing!!
agis6811 months ago
this wood is like balsa? or more like pop sicle wood?

excellent job and brilliant idea
technofossil11 months ago

Try to get some Chicago Screws (‎). It should make the design a bit slimmer and easier to swap out the keys.
It's a very nice idea, but it must be nearly impossible to find the key you want without opening them all out.
That's where nail polish comes in! Step 7
granthams11 months ago
What a great idea.
sparkleponytx11 months ago
Wow! I like this idea. And your Instructable is so easy to follow.
darklotus11 months ago
this is a really clever idea! I'm with Fugitive_Bill, you should patent it!
Fugitive_Bill11 months ago
Simple and elegant. Job well done. I've seen tons of great , yet complicated instructables but this one just strikes a 'nice' chord with me. Congrats. - B!LL!
This is a brilliant idea and really nicely documented too.
tryb0111 months ago
This is similar to key holders sold for people with disabilities. They usually only have one or two keys on them. People who have a hard time holding & turning keys due to arthritis or injury to hand & wrist can sometimes use them with good results.The handle provides a lot of extra force. You have to be careful not to torque it too hard in the lock as you can bend or snap off your key. Learned that one the hard way. Very nice design.
Wingloader11 months ago
OMG. What a hilarious/awesome idea! I wish I cold come up with stuff like this. I agree with @green. Patent this...HURRY.
Ooops...I meant @helena
I am all over this.
Horef11 months ago
excellent !!
HelenaTroy11 months ago
excellent idea! make sure you patent it - I can see a market for this
realanthillkit11 months ago
That is brilliant!
ben281411 months ago
Sounds like a cool project thanks for the advice:-)
ben281411 months ago
Sounds like a cool project thanks for the advice:-)
syn12311 months ago
Great idea
Shiseiji11 months ago
Looks great! Binding posts would work too with a bit of thread lock rather then the nylocks. Would give you flush set heads on either side with less gap needed around the heads. Just don't use red thread lock or it's almost permanent! For what it's worth, I keep my car key separate from all others so there is less weight on the lock set. Put them on a bit of paracord fancy knotting. Soft, flexible, but still easy to spot. This idea is too cool.
mrmerino11 months ago
...were you the first person to think of this?
DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)  mrmerino11 months ago
Plenty of other people have already done it. But I might be the first to make one from left over paint stir sticks and an dollar store baking sheet.
ben281411 months ago
What about car keys that are a lot longer than a house key.... Though I must say the idea is brilliant and wish I'd thought of it
gen81465 ben281411 months ago
I would think you could leave out the corresponding opposite key, and there should be room for a longer one. Also, to make the entire thing shorter, just alternate keys and washers on each side; it could reduce the length to that of the longest key.
soul_eater11 months ago
Very cool I made something similar but just with one side of keys
denewf11 months ago
Simple great idea.
Save tangles and ripped pockets.
inchman11 months ago
Great idea! Now I just need to find a cool way to integrate the key fob with it and I'll post my key ring! Again, great job and a great idea!
waldo5711 months ago
I love the idea of being able to "holster" my keys in a standard leather knife holster made with a loop for a belt. Simple, elegant.
OddJob11 months ago
Coolest idea I have seen in a long time! Any issues in getting at / pulling out one of the outer side keys for a guy with big fingers and no fingernails? That would be the only problem I could see for me.
AudioMaximus11 months ago
Brilliant! Except I can imagine it won't be easy to get this through airport security. I was once stopped for a hex key set
Bobey11 months ago
Cool can you look at my instructables I never get good comments
happy2bmom11 months ago
Awesome idea! Going to get my hubby to make a purple one for me!
sickdog7411 months ago
Very nice! I'm gonna do this!
rimar200011 months ago
Very nice!
3366carlos11 months ago
you are the man!
vaycon11 months ago
Good idea ,i like it
stechi11 months ago
I love this idea!
Meikel11 months ago
Nice idea, but how to change keys?
How to increase or decrease the number of keys?
DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)  Meikel11 months ago
If you have used all the available slots and you want to add more, then you need to swap out the bolts with slightly larger one. You can always remove keys by replacing a key with washers. This keeps the spacing correct.
togo191911 months ago
Stealthy, too!
togo191911 months ago

Much kinder on the pockets and legs...
Cool !
Kiteman11 months ago
That's a nice idea, plus it will cure jingling keys.
Lol nice!

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