Hello, This is my first instructable so I will do my best to keep it short and sweet.
The other day I was browsing through Amazon and found a key organizer. It looked pretty nice and well made the only problem is that I wasn't going to spend $20+ dollars on two screws and two metal plates. So i set out to make my own. I started here on instructables to see if there was a DIY i could go off how. There really wasn't. I tired YouTube and i got a lot more results than I thought.
I spent roughly $8-$10 dollars on this Key-Blade. It isn't prefect but it is a good starting point for future modification.
DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU ONLY HAVE ONE KEY FOR YOUR HOUSE OR WHAT EVERY YOU ARE DOING THIS FOR. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE MULTIPLE KEYS MADE THAT WORK WITH THE LOCKS BEFORE STARTING.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials!
It took me awhile but after searching around at local hardware stores I finally find binding posts. I bought 4 of them, but you only need two. I bought enough to make 2 organizers.
2 x 3/4" binding posts or 2x 5/8" binding posts. Depends on the spacing you want.
Washers. I bought 10 plastic washers, they were the only ones at the time I could find that would fit the binding posts.
2x minding plates. Mine are 3" long and a little over 1/2" wide.
You will also need the keys you wish to mod in order to do this. I have a house key, my bike , and a little pad lock key.
Step 2: Gathering Your Tools.
This list of tools are what I used although you do not need these they just make life easier.
You will need a drill bit that matches the diameter of the binding post. This will be used to drill into the keys.
Some sort of sanding pad/paper.
Drill or drill press.
Grinder or Bench top grinder.
Dremel metal cutting disk and a sanding disk.
It also helps if you have a vise or vise grips.
Step 3: Preparing the Keys.
Measure where your key ends on the minding plate you may have to trim it done to fit. Using the drill make a hole close to center as possible and drill through. For my house key and bike key i trimmed off some of the sides to help it fit better in my pockets.
Step 4: Setting It All Up.
This part is trial and error. I lost count how many times I took it apart and redid the key placement. Just take your time and be happy.
After fitment i grinded the edges on the plates to make a more round shape. Then i used my sanding pad to help with smoothing the edges.
The number of washers you use will be based on how many keys you have. In the future i will change them out for metal one and possible and bottle opener and a sim card tray removal tool.
Step 5: Painting.
This part is optional. I went with a flat black paint. I gave it a couple of coats and finished it with a clear coat to hel protect it longer.
At this time it would be a good time to add some thread locker.
Step 6: That's It!
Enjoy your new DIY Key-Blade Organizer.