Floppy Disk Notepad

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About: Sometimes my Instructables are few and far between, but I try to make them as well as I can. Hopefully you can be inspired or helped by the content in them!

Have you ever had way too many unused floppy disks and needed to write something down at the same time? Yeah. All the time. I know.

Here is a solution that solves both of those problems at once: a miniature notebook made with floppy disks. Geeky and stylish!

Step 1: You Will Need...

You don't need much for this project, and what you do, you should already have.

You will need...

6-8 Sheets of Paper
Something to cut the paper with
A Pen or Pencil
Drill with Assorted Drill Bits
Two Floppy Disks
Clamps
Stiff Wire or small Chain Links
Soldering Iron (Only necessary if you're making your own chain links)

Step 2: Make a Template

Unless you have floppy-disk-sized sheets of paper readily available, you'll need to cut your own sheets of paper. Now, this is not as tedious as it sounds, so you can stop freaking out about cutting out 30 sheets of paper one at a time.

First, we need a template. Lay the floppy disk on one sheet of paper and trace around it. Draw a couple of lines inside the template on the left and right sides, about .5cm in. Do the same for the bottom, too, then cut it out. This is so the paper is just a little smaller than the floppy disk, you don't have to do this unless you don't want the paper coming out the sides.

Step 3: Cut the Paper

Stack 6-8 sheets of paper on top of each other, lay the template on top, and cut away. Cut out as much paper as you like, but just know that the more paper there is, the bigger the chain link has to be. I cut just enough for it to be like a cheap little notepad. I won't run out of paper soon, but when I do, I can simply cut more paper and put it in.

Step 4: Stack and Drill

Once you have all the paper you would like, lay one floppy disk face down. Put your paper on top of it, then the second floppy disk, face up. Place the top edge paper close to the top edge of the floppy disk.

Mark where you are going to drill the holes, and put a some small marks there. Put the clamps right below the drill spots, to reduce vibration and provide a cleaner hole.

With everything in place, drill some small holes in the designated spots, through the paper and all. Then take a bigger bit, and drill a hole big enough to give your chain links just a little room to move around. The purpose of the smaller hole is to act as a "pilot" hole, and make sure that when you drill the big hole, the drill bit goes where it's supposed to.

Step 5: Make Chain Links and Solder

If you have pre-made chain links that are the right size, great! Stick 'em in, bend the shut, and you're good to go! For the rest of us, though, we'll need to make our own chain links.

Cut two pieces of wire a few centimeters long to become the chain links. You'll need more if you have more paper, but always try to get a little more that you think you might need. You can cut some off, but you can't cut it back on. (That'd be strange.)

Bend the wires into circular shapes, but leave the gap big enough so you can put them through the floppy disks and paper.

Put the open chain links through the whole thing. It'll be easier if you leave the clamps in place to hold everything together.

Bend the wires shut and shape them so that they are more circular. Solder the wires together, and you're done! Try not to have the chain links too big, or everything will move around too much, and don't make them too small, or nothing will move very well.

Step 6: Love It

Now use it. Draw a keyboard inside. Take orders at the Geek Cafe. Or show it off to all your friends. Just have fun with it!

If you run out of paper and you don't want to make a whole new notepad, just cut some more paper, desolder or unbend the rings, and add the paper.

Thanks for reading! Why don't you leave a comment? I really enjoy those. ;-)

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    ezraG

    6 years ago on Introduction

    does anyone know where you can get those cool macintosh floppy disks from?

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    jordan4762

    6 years ago on Introduction

    You get 8 sheets of paper and 2 floppy disks of text-storage

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    sabbott

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Nice!
    I often save the plastic binding from spiral bound materials when i recycle the paper. but haven't figured out what to do with it yet.
    this gave me an idea -- drill more holes, then thread the spiral binding through. You could hold a lot more paper that way, and it wouldn't move around too much.

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    timothymh

    8 years ago on Step 5

     Binder clip rings! You can get 'em for cheap at any office supply store.

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    lieuwe

    9 years ago on Introduction

    couldn't you have used the write-protection holes? saves you some work :-P

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    imaxtothemax

    9 years ago on Step 6

    i love the old macintosh floppys because i have abunch lying around... but i think they all have important information on them... heh

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    metroid62

    9 years ago on Step 6

    I made one, but the holes are messed up a bit. Oh well. Anyways, Great job.

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    ambidextrous1

    9 years ago on Step 6

    I'm trying to find a "post it" pad that's the proper size to mount between the floppies. Thanks for the great idea!

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    maslo

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Nice i'ble. It reminds me of me making a spiral notepad out of my favorite postcard and a copper wire.

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    akinich

    10 years ago on Step 6

    hey you can always use a soldering iron to make a hole . thats what i did since i do not have a drill any way this idea rules

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    cdwarch

    10 years ago on Step 6

    You can use binder rings from an office supply store if you want to refill the notebook many times. Drilling through the floppies and the paper is a good idea!

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    CybergothiChe

    10 years ago on Introduction

    That is wicked, G! god damn man, that is like totally rad to the power of sick, man. I'm gonna go and buy a whole heap of floppy disks and paper and make a whole heap of these and then sell them on the black market and make a killing, oh yeah, look what you have created... well, I'm at least going to make one... but yeah, rad, sick, fully wicked, aiiiiiiight!

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    maxman

    10 years ago on Step 6

    You have inspired me to make my own. Any ideas on how to attach a little pen/pencil?

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    Vynash

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Dude.... This is amazing, it would be perfect for my homework assignment pad! I must build this in my free time! Fived and faved!

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    greensteam

    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is great. Another super repurposing of old computer junk. We may never need the new electronic waste disposal regulations at this rate. I would reccommend using keyrings or split washers to save on the faff of making copper rings.

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    rosquillo

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! I've got a wire spring binder and I'll try to make one like yours with two 5 1/4 inch floppys (remeber, those greater and softer).

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    maxxxem

    10 years ago on Introduction

    i made one of these like a year ago and i still have it 5**

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    memyselfand1

    10 years ago on Step 6

    This is an absolutely brilliant idea!! I am a reasonably geeky person and i just have to try this.