When taking things apart, there's always a lot of screws, that you don't know where to put. They're often so small, that they fall on the ground, without you noticing it. So let's make a simple stand for these screws, that isn't only useful, but also looks really cool!

Step 1: Watch the Video

This video should give you all the fundamental information you need to build this gadget. But I will give you some extra pictures and additional tips to make it even easier.

Step 2: Materials and Tools You Will Need

You will need these tools:

  • A hot glue gun
  • A knife
  • A pair of scissors

You will also need these materials:

  • An old camera battery
  • A neodymium magnet (I got mine mine from an old speaker)
  • An erasor (to fill the empty space in the battery)
  • A piece of a soda can
  • A hot glue sticks
  • Some super-glue

Step 3: Crack the Battery Open

First, you need to crack the battery open. To do this, you can use a knife, or a flat head screwdriver. You just need to make sure, that you don't pierce the lithium battery inside (because they tend to explode when damaged)

After taking the battery out, you'll have two similar looking parts, that when put together, compose the enclosure of the battery and the battery that we don't need in this project (it's still a good idea to keep the battery in the back of your drawer for some future electronics projects).

Step 4: Deal With Those 3 Magic Holes

When the battery is taken out, 3 small holes appear where the 3 terminal leads of the battery used to be. You can use some thin stainless steel plates to imitate the battery terminal leads, or cut a piece of a soda can, like I did. When the piece is cutten out, it can be glued in place, with some drops of hot glue. Just make sure, that you don't put glue on the ''visible'' part of the ''leads''

Step 5: Glue the Magnet in Place

Now, the magnet can be glued in place. I used a small neodymium that I took out of an old speaker. You can also buy tgis kind of magnets in Radioshark, or get one out of a DVD driver, a HDD drive, a pair of headphones, a CD drice, a tape player, etc.. (hint: any sound related electronic device has a neodymium magnet in it).

Step 6: Fill the Empty Space and Glue the Two Halves Together

You could already glue the two halves of the ''battery'' together, but the result will be really easily dentable. So to add strength to the structure, you can use hot glue to fill the cavity (if you're rich), or fill it with rectangular pieces of a cheap eraser (I got mine in the dollar store, and it's the worst eraser in the world). Just make sure, that you don't put too much eraser in there, or it will be difficult to close it afterwards..

To glue the two halves together, I used a combination of hot glue and super glue.

Step 7: Testing It Out

Congratulations, your DIY screw holder is ready to use!!! You can now test it out with some screws, to see it's limits! This small gadget will completely change the way you were used to take old things apart!

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    3 years ago

    I believe the magnet you used is a ceramic magnet, but most of them are quite strong too.

    I think you should change the title to "from a camera battery", it took me a bit of time to understand why you needed a camera battery! :)