EDC on a Key Chain, 3 Parts…

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Introduction: EDC on a Key Chain, 3 Parts…

About: Hi! My name is Hans, I live in Scandinavia where I build whatever pops up in my head, out on to my sketchbook and finally into my hands. My projects here are my favorites and I hope some might inspire you. Rem…

I've made my pockets my tiny workshop. In this instructable, I'll show you how I populated my pocket-sized workshop. And hopefully inspire more ideas for what can be added to your own key chain.

Welcome to the wonderful world of EDC, Every Day Carry!

This instructable has 3 parts:

  1. My personal 3D printed tools and accessories
  2. The 3 pieces of tools made from scraps
  3. And what I've bought to fully furnish my pocket shed

Supplies

Most of my supplies are from scraps or 3D filaments

Old key and bit holder

Contact lens container

Tools:

Fusion 360

Welding gear, for the key bit holder

Saw, fine tooths

Sanding paper

Pliers and other general tools

Step 1: Part 1. Designing 3D Tools…

I'm still (one year into 3D printing) amazed at the process of how I can have an idea, sketch it, draw it and at the end of the day pick up a finished piece of fully working tool from my 3D printer.

These three items I've made just as I want them to be. The SD card holder I could have found a version of at Thingiverse, but nobody had made exactly what I wanted:-) The pencil holder for my much beloved IKEA pencils is nowhere to be found until now and finally, the sewing kit was designed so I can fix my clothes on the go.

I've had to go a few rounds to get the right fit and solid structure. They take up as little room as possible, my pockets are already overcrowded!

Step 2: Pocket Sewing Kit

I found this old pocket sewing kit at a flea market in Barcelona, I love the details and quality of it. We should all repair more and clothes are an obvious category for fixing. First I trided to come up with a verison resembling the one I found in BCN, I made one combining leather and 3D print. But I wanted to test this concept using my 3D printer and make a version fit for my keyring.

Step 3: Pocket SD Card Holder

Transferring files from my computer to my Prusa 3D printer is done with SD memory cards. I often spend time looking for these cards, no more:-) Now I always have a card at hand and swop when I insert one of them in my printer.

I drew up the card first and made the casing as small and thin as possible taking up as little space as possible. The card slides in and friction keeps it there… till I pull it out.

Step 4: Pocket Pencil From Ikea

Having a pen, marker, or pencil at hand is crucial and I always seem to be looking for one. So I decided to make this holder for an IKEA pencil, whenever I go to the meatball palace I pick up a handful of these pencils. I spread them out in my workshop so there should never be more than an arms length to the nearest pencil. So this holder keeps me with a pencil very nearby, my pocket.

It's a pretty tight fit but I don't want a sharpened pencil to roam loose in my front pocket!

It was designed in F360 and printed on my Prusa 3D printer.

Step 5: Part 2. Making Tools From Scraps…

As much as I love 3D printing I can't help loving this approach as well. Finding leftover material or objects suited for another purpose.

The key bit holder is maybe a bit over the top and not very space-saving in its design, but hey I love welding and this opportunity to weld and make a useful tool was mine to have:-)

The fuel pin was a true ONE MINUTE BUILD, what do you say Mr. Savage?!!!

The contact lens containers I've collected were just waiting for this to happen!

Step 6: Pocket Key Bit Holder

Often I find stuff that needs a specialty screw bit. To add a nice touch to the key chain I used an old key and a bit holder form my drillset. I cut to size and welded the two pieces together. Having the leftover parts I also made a key bit… not sure when that will come in handy.

Step 7: Pocket Fresh Breath

Ok, so this mini container could store a lot of things. I've chosen Fishermans Freinds, it's ok to have fresh breath at hand. This is one-half of my wife's contact lens containers, I get them whenever they are du for new and fresh ones.

I cut one in half at an angle and drilled a small hole for a key ring to fit. Now I confidently close talk with anyone:-)

Step 8: Pocket Fuel Pin

This piece has a very local usage value. When filling petrol at gas stations in Norway you can not lock the pistol grip. So you need to hold the handle for the whole tanking session. I want to wash my windshield or check the oil. Now I can, I just place this pin in the handle and it locks.

A no brainer, 2 mm steel bent and shaped to fit.

Step 9: 3rd Party EDC

The six homemade EDC items are made from personal needs. From the photo you can see more items and they are as follows:

Mini flashlight

USB drive

Foldable glasses

Leatherman mini

Step 10: Will It Fit…?!!!

Oh yes, it will… and there is even room for more!

But right now I quite happy with my pocket toolbox, still, I would love to hear other good ideas for what I can someday (probably very soon) add to my keyring!!!

You can follow this and a whole bunch of other projects over at instagram.com/smogdog

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    Yonatan24
    Yonatan24

    11 months ago

    You should consider blurring your keys, they can be duplicated from a picture BTW.

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    florinc
    florinc

    1 year ago

    Nice. Here is mine (I could not resist): Fisher pen, headache pills in the aluminum container, cork screw (+safety pin), rechargeable flashlight, Swiss "keytool", cutter, on a steel cable with screw and nut. I carry the flat stuff in my wallet (Fresnel lens, spyderco folding knife, bag, band aids, needles + thread, Swiss card tool, celox, coffee filter).

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    smogdog
    smogdog

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hey, that is great stuff! I love to see your wallet as well:-) I'm working on new Instructables I think you will like… reporting back soon!
    Cheers!

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    florinc
    florinc

    Reply 1 year ago

    Since you asked, here are photos. I've been carrying this leather wallet for 25 years, every day. Hard to replace, even if it looks beaten down.

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    smogdog
    smogdog

    Reply 1 year ago

    Wow! This gave me some new stuff to stuff my pockets:-D
    Cheers

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    grapenut
    grapenut

    Question 1 year ago on Step 9

    Thanks to Goog; I came up with this:
    Every Day Carry?

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    smogdog
    smogdog

    Answer 1 year ago

    EDG: Every Day Google:-)
    Sorry, I've been down the EDC rabbit hole for a while and forgot I once had to google it myself. This might mean I've opened the gate for you to the world of EDC:-)
    Made an edit, thanks!
    Cheers

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    LarryB
    LarryB

    1 year ago

    Nice job, but a simpler way to have a hex bit screwdriver is to find an old round key like for a vending machine (trade name is "ACE" key). Sometimes the side tab has to be tapped in or out for a tight fit. You can magnetize the key to help hold the bit or if you only need one size screwdriver you can epoxy the bit in place. It isn't long enough for the double ended bits, but is a QUICK solution. If you need one of these keys, try a locksmith they may have blanks.

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    grapenut
    grapenut

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks Larry. I'm thinkin this type key and some JB Weld. NICE!

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    smogdog
    smogdog

    Reply 1 year ago

    I like that solution, only thing is I sometimes need the extra length. I will buy one next time at the locksmith:-)
    Cheers from Norway

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    florinc
    florinc

    Reply 1 year ago

    That's a good one, I will try it out. But I would rather tighten the round key around the bit in a vise, to make it hexagonal. I don't know how easy it is to do, but it may be stronger than the epoxy, when you actually use the bit as a screwdriver.

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    jbc8
    jbc8

    1 year ago

    Some ideas I have: clip a safety pin to your keychain, stick a magnet to anything made of steel, the swiss army knife key, pet name tag/dog tag with your name and phone # (to get keys returned if lost), waterproof pill container

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    smogdog
    smogdog

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks! That's great additions, I like the dog tag idea, but aren't you worried if your house key falls into the wrong hands? Nah… I guess that would be a chance in a million:-) I use the contact lens container as waterproof storage. I will definitely add the safety pin! Cheers!

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    jbc8
    jbc8

    Reply 1 year ago

    My name and phone number are on the pet tag, not my address. Personalized tags can be found on eBay for a few $USD by searching "personalized dog tag".

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    MartyJ1
    MartyJ1

    1 year ago

    I like your inventiveness--seeing new uses in old shapes. But personally, if I tried to carry all that metal mass in my pocket, my pants would fall down to my ankles. I rely on the Swiss Army to anticipate my needs and build one tool for most everything.

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    smogdog
    smogdog

    Reply 1 year ago

    He he, know what you mean. I always wear a belt… for my Leatherman Wave:-)

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    Angi2learn
    Angi2learn

    1 year ago

    Great job, with lots of useful things with good pictures. These ideas can make endless possibilities, Thanks !!

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    smogdog
    smogdog

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks mate!

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    1 year ago

    Really nice job on all these pieces, both the 3D designing and making with scraps :)

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    smogdog
    smogdog

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks! Yup, I really enjoy the difference in how the process goes for these types of builds. I can wrap my head around the possibilities 3D print is opening up:-D