Quick and Easy Contact/password Holder for Your Desk

About: I am a teenager, building since I was 4 (and soldering since I was 7). I enjoy building things and inventing all kinds of little projects, some of which I share here!

Hello there!
This instuctable will show you how to build a password or contact holder that fits nicely on your desk. This is useful for me because I find that with so many passwords in so many places, i forget the ones I use less often.  Although you could use an online service to store the passwords for you, if you forget that password or if someone manages to get inside your account, you're in pretty big trouble. This could also be used for someone who needs to have a lot of contacts in one place. Whatever you use it for, I hope you find this helpful!

Step 1: Creating Our Papers

First off, we need something to write our information on! I chose to do this in Microsoft paint, because it is already on my computer. I then dragged it to the size of a sheet of paper.

Step 2: Drawing Up Our Papers

With the document ready, I began to add rectangles in the shape I wanted, as well as adding the areas where the information would be written. I then copied and pasted this across the document, and I added small tabs to the bottom of these when I was done. I then saved and printed this document, and cut out the pieces.

Step 3: The Stand

Now that we have a place to write down our information, we will need a place to keep it. This is where the stand comes in. I chose to make mine out of some thin Lexan because I had enough of it and it looked nice. Bear in mind, it does not have to be Lexan, but it should be as strong and thin as possible.

Step 4: Cutting the Stand

In order to cut the stand, I began with the main face. I scored a piece of Lexan by using a knife, and by scoring it deeply and carefully snapping it, I was able to get a piece about as wide as one of the slips of paper, but taller as well.

Step 5: The Brackets

With the main face ready, we need something to keep the papers in place. I chose to use some metal rod I had and bent it into a U with one leg extended and bent at 90 degrees. I made two of these pieces, and drilled the main face in order to give them a place to stay.

Step 6: Holding It All Up

That's the entire face ready! Now we just need a way to hold it up. I created two triangular pieces of the same size (by cutting a rectangle diagonally) and hot-glued them onto the main piece. Remember, Hot glue does not always stick to Lexan very well, so if Lexan is what you are using, then put a lot of it on there and clean it up with an Exacto knife later.

Step 7: And Finally...

That is the entire stand done. In order to put the papers in, they needed holes. I created these holes by stacking them together and then drilling through them. They go into the holder by pushing up the brackets, sliding them onto the brackets, and pushing the brackets back through the hole nice and snugly. 

Step 8: There You Have It!

That is all that it takes! As I said previously, you could use a different material, or by changing your paper, change what it is for.
Please let me know your what you thought or your recommendations.
Have a nice day!



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    5 years ago on Introduction

    I can see just about every IT guy in the world go faint from shock at the sheer suggestion of keeping this on your desk! :P And as one of those IT guys, I cannot recommend this to anyone.

    It is a nice design for a simple flip pad tho. Countless other uses that are less of a security risk.

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    I agree that in many locations, this is an impractical idea for passwords. However, for usage in the desk in my home, where I am not too concerned about snoops, it works just fine (Unless the Ninja Pirates have gotten into it already)

    Even for home use I would avoid using this for any bank or financial passwords or the email account you use to manage those you wouldn't want someone getting a hold of that.

    Using it for passworts is obviously very unsafe, but then again it is a way of managing the countless site passwords one has without relying on software to do it. Using it for passwords is probably a matter of personal taste, but I like the design and I think it could be easily adapted for adresses or other information. Thanks for sharing!

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