A buddy of mine has a sweet leather lanyard & sheath that he made for his vape. I liked the idea of having my vape handy and not in my pocket. I decided to make a little lanyard attachment for my pen type vape. I had some scrap sheet metal from another project, so the cost was just my time. It works by unscrewing the pieces and fitting it in like a washer. This project would also work with a pen or penlike things that you would want hanging close. I had been debating making this for a couple of weeks. Initially, I was like : Here's a good project to make a CNC machine for. But, I really didn't need all that. I just finished another project and the scraps were perfect for this, why not just do it now.
Step 1: In the Beginning There Was Scrap. and Tools, Yeah, Some Tools.
Gather your materials:
- Metal scrap
- Automatic Center Punch
- 2 Drill bits as per your pen and lanyard snap
- Safety Glasses- wear when using the power tools
- Tin Snips
- Dremel w/grinding stone
- Vernier Caliper
- Benchtop Belt Sander
- Leather Gloves
Process for making the Lanyard Washer:
- I took the vape pen apart and measured the barrel so I'd know what size drill bit to use.
- Unfortunately, my bit box is at work, but I found some loose and one that was a hair too big and went with that anyway. It worked. I used the center punch first and then I drilled both holes in the piece with no certain precision. The smaller hole is for the lanyard hook. Once again, I just used a loose bit that was in the bottom of a toolbox.
- Next I snipped around the holes and cut out a figure 8 with an awful small top hole and big bottom hole.
- Test fit. It's a drill bit size too big, but it will work. I'll finish it for proof of concept and then make another when I get my bits home.
- I hit it with the Dremel to clean up most of the burrs.
- Lanyard Washer Version 1.0 is complete. I could polish it further with sandpaper, rouge and felt, but, I'll save that for Ver 2..
Now to make space for it. .. .
Step 2: Modding the Beauty Cover
To add the Lanyard Washer, we have to make a little space. Otherwise, the battery can't make contact with the coil.
- Measure the Lanyard Washer's thickness and it's about 1 mm.
- Don your leather glove and fire up the old belt sander. It'll get hot fast.
- Oops, I took off 2 mm.
So there's a little gap. You can't even really notice it. When I make another one, I'll use this one still as an accessory hanger washer thing-a-ma-bob. Maybe make a little juice pouch to clip on.