Introduction: Waste As a Resource: Standing Folder
This instructable will guide you through the process of making a standing folder out of waste material including bottle caps and aluminum cans. These steps can be repeated to make multiple folders, as they can be attached to one another side to side through the magnet buttons.
Materials Needed (All of the materials will be for 1 standing folder. If you wish to make multiple, just multiply it by that amount):
Lots of 6mm MDF (for laser cutting)
Roughly 80 bottle caps of your choosing (all in similar height if possible)
3 pairs of magnet buttons
1 cut and flattened aluminum can
Press drill machine
20mm forstner bit
Drill matching screw size
G clamps and corner clamps
Two large flat metal sheets
Bucket of water large enough to fit said two large flat metal sheets
Step 1: Laser Cutting
Download the attached dxf file and laser cut it onto 6mm thick MDF
Step 2: Laying
Lay one metal sheet on top of the heat press and lay out roughly 35~40 bottle caps in a similar pattern as shown
Step 3: Flattening
Place the second sheet of metal on top of the bottle caps and close the heat press. Set the timer to 3 minutes
Step 4: Quenching
After 3 minutes, use the glove and move the two metal sheets into the bucket of cold water. This process is called the quench method, and it gives the flattened bottle caps a nice smooth texture.
Step 5: Repeating
Repeat steps 2-4 one more time
Step 6: Drilling
Make a 3mm deep hole using a 20mm forstners bit on the markings, then drill a hole through the center of these 3mm holes with a 10mm drill. Only do this for one of the folder sides.
*need pictures of 20mm forstners and 10mm drill
Step 7: Magnet Inserting
On all three of the indented holes, place in the thicker part of the magnet buttons and secure it in place. (ignore the flattened bottlecaps and second layer of wood)
DO NOT USE A HAMMER TO FLATTEN THE TAILS AS THIS WILL BEND THE MAGNETS
Step 8: Drilling 2
Using the same 20mm forstner bit, this time make a very light indent on the markings (less then 0.5mm). Then, drill through the center of these indents with the 10mm drill.
Step 9: Magnet Inserting 2
Insert the flat part of the magnet buttons into the three indents. Again, no hammer.
Step 10: Marking
Put one flattened sheet between two of the cut out side pieces and mark out an outline as shown in the image
Step 11: Trimming
Using a scroll saw, cut the plastic sheets along the markings and sand the rough edges using the disc sander
Step 12: Clamping
Put the sheet back in between the two side pieces and clamp it down using G clamps. Make markings as shown in the image
*need picture of the 6 markings on wood
Step 13: Drilling 3
Using the electronic drill, make holes all the way through the 3 layers on the markings. You should end up with 6 holes on each piece.
*need picture of electronic drill doing work
Step 14: Screwing (!?)
Using the screwdriver, attach 1.75cm long screws through all 6 of the holes drilled. Be sure to drill from the opposite side of where the magnets are.
Step 15: Sanding
Using the side of a belt sander, sand off the excess amounts of the nails sticking out. (picture of what it should look like)
Step 16: Repeating 2: Electric Boogaloo
Repeat steps 10~15 one more time, for the opposite folder sides.
Step 17: Marking 2
Lay the laser-cut rectangular frame on a piece of flattened aluminum can and trace the outline
Step 18: Scissoring
Using a pair of scissors, cut along the rectangular marking
Step 19: Drilling
Sandwich the cut out piece of aluminum between the two rectangular frames and drill through all three pieces on the four corners as shown
Step 20: Screwing
Using the same screws as before, screw through the three pieces and sand off the sticking out screws.
Step 21: Glueing
Using PVA glue, attach the two long rectangular pieces as shown in the image. Be sure that the longer piece is attached on top of the shorter piece. Corner clamp it in place and leave for a day.
Step 22: Final Glueing
Once the base is glued nice and secure, apply glue on the side panels and the front panel and attach it onto the base as shown in the image. Using a thin nail gun, secure all of the pieces in place until they dry