Make a Magnetic Cup/Pedestal for Screws!


Introduction: Make a Magnetic Cup/Pedestal for Screws!

About: I enjoy photography, horticulture and carpentry, and am almost always doing something relating to of those things.

It happens to all of us...we found our newest gadget to take apart, modify, or fix, and as we're doing it, the same guy who steals our socks from the laundry steals our screws! Luckily for you, I've developed revolutionary idea...put a magnet on something to hold the screws! So in just a few minutes you can save all your screws from running away! You'll have the option of either a magnetic cup to hold them, or a block to put them on. Oh yeah, and it's really manly looking too.

Step 1: Materials

What you need:

Empty water bottle
Utility knife
Wire snippers
A nice strong magnet (I got mine from the speakers of a broken shower radio)
A Paper clip or two
Duct tape (Mainly to make it look more manly...some practicality too. You'll need some kind of adhesive)
Some screws

Step 2: Prepare the Bottle

Use your knife to cut off the bottom section of the bottle.

Step 3: The Paper Clip

Unbend the paper clip, and bend them to shape of the bottle. Cut them so they reach from the indent on the bottom of the bottle, to the top of the rim. You want one for each "canyon." Lay the segments out on the bottle, on top of the magnet, like in the picture. Do this one at a time, and tape down each segment when you get it in place.

It's important that you now know how you want yours...cup, or pedestal. Position the magnet so that metals will be attracted to the right side, depending on what you're making.

Step 4: Decorate!!!

If you're making a cup, you're technically done. But this is ugly. So cover up the rest of the outside with duct tape.

If you're making a cup, and like the way the inside looks, you're done. If you don't like the inside, put some tape there too. Congratulations! Put in some screws and tip it over - watch nothing come out!

Step 5: All Done!

Flip it over, and put some stuff on it, everything stays. Time to go out to the workbench and be amazed when you don't lose anything!

Note - To make it clear, the open side of the bottle goes down, and the magnet side goes up, when using a pedestal.



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    15 Discussions

    Yay thanks! I was looking for something like that to hold my screws from things I salvage! That way im not gonna loose them anymore!

    Weissensteinburg, how do you come up with these amazing ideas? Hahaha! Seriously, you take amazing photos, you are super smart, I love all your stuff. :-)

    I take a magnet and some screws and make little trees or other sculptures and take pictures of them. Sounds stupid, but if you do it right you get some sweet pictures. As always, Nice instructable.

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    Reminds me of that little blue board with magnets all over with it that came with different little metal shapes for building with. Anyways, thanks.

    If anyone ever finds out where that bastard puts my socks, PM me, i've had a lot of trouble with him. Not only does he steal 1/4 of all the socks i get, but he snips holes in the ones I have left!

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    Chances are that there's a temporal vortex in your dryer. Hardware stores have a special sealant for this, "Wormhole-B-Gone." :P

    really? so all my socks are going somewhere else in time? Where and, i spose, when do they come out? I mean, are they confuzzling today's archaeologists, or are they coming out at super-high speeds sometime in the future? "Captain! there's a sock coming towards us!" "Shields up!"

    I have a bunch of car-stereo speakers (read 30) but I could never figure out how to get the magnet off of the rest of the speaker. Care to shed some light?

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    Well mine were really small speakers, about 2.5 inches in diameter. So when i took of the top, it was pretty much just sitting in there. Since it's a metal basket, might the magnet just be kept there by its own force?(like mine) In which case you'd have to use brute force. Other wise it may be glued. Try chiseling the inside with a screwdriver, maybe? I, and other may be able to help more if you send us a picture of your particular speaker. What do you mean by "(read 30)"?

    "Read 30" means that one should equate my comprehension of "a bunch of car stereo speakers" with "30 car stereo speakers." It just specifies the value of something said earlier in the sentence, and is often there for humourous effect. Ex. "I didn't have too much trouble installing the software (read: 4 hours of screaming and pulling of hair). Anyway, all of the magnets are held on both by their own force and with some glue. Every time I've tried to pry or chisel one off, they chip and crack. Wait a tic, where on the speaker were your magnets? Were they in the center of the speaker?, (were they the part that moved to generate sound?) Or were they located along the outside? The magnets that I had been looking at are on the very outside, and are shaped as a ring. Maybe these are just so the speakers will stick to their mounting.

    perhaps warm them up slightly, to make the glue softer? Tho remember, if you get the magnet too warm, it won't be a magnet anymore

    I think Alnico's can go pretty high without losing their magnetism. It's neodymium's that you have to really careful with. Tried it already, by the way. ; )

    Yeah, car speakers work opposite of little speakers on mine. My electro magnets were on the basket, while yours are on the cone. So yes, mine were in the inside. I'll do a little searching to try and find out how to do it. I think they're opposite because the electro magnet is lighter than the permanent magnet. But with a little speaker, and a little magnet, there isn't a big difference.