The Key Keeper

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About: Hi. My name is Caleb. I am a guy who likes to make things. My all time favorite thing to do is blacksmithing, and knife making. I also enjoy wood working, beekeeping. I like making things the old fashion way...

Intro: The Key Keeper

Do you ever set your keys down on the desk, to turn around and see them walking off with the small person, aka little brother. As the oldest of eight it happens to me all the time. So I made my self this key keeper, its my take on the classic hook that you hang your keys on.

Thank you! Caleb Stephens

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Materials

I used two air fittings a quick coupler and the plug that goes in to it. You can get those at any hardware store or Amazon.com.

For the wood I used a scrap of black walnut I had cut for some knife scales. You can use what ever wood you prefer though. If you feel really bold try some iron wood. ;)

This is optional but I used a 12 gauge Winchester shot gun shell to make a cap to cover the screw I used to mount it. If your not the gun type you could always use a dowel rod, or nothing at all!

Tools

A drill with a 3/4 inch spade bit and 1/2 inch drill bit.

Sand paper various grits

And you do not need this but I used a belt grinder and buffing wheel to finish some of the brass and metal pieces.

Step 2: Wood

I cut my block 4 1/2" by 3" you can make it as small or as big as you want though, if you want multiple key keepers on one board then cut your self a longer one. After your board is cut just sand away get that thing so smooth that it feels like something really smooth! Remember to go with the grain of the wood as well that's always important to getting it smooth.

Step 3: The Key Chain

Now you need to make the piece that will hold your keys to the holder. I ground the threads off the fitting because I wanted to if your not picky like that then just skip this part and drill that thing!

If you do want to grind them off just start sanding with your belt sander till its all smooth. A very good suggestion that was put in the comets is to place the fitting in a drill and use a file or sand paper to crate a lathe affect. If you do not have a belt sander this would be the best way to do this step.

Drill your hole about 1/4'' in from the end of the fitting, that way you can get it on the key ring. Once your holes drilled clean it up with some 220 grit and buff it all shiny. If you don't have a buffing wheel i'm sorry I charge $20 per a fitting if you want me to do it for you.

Step 4: The Coupler

Now you need to mount the coupler to your block of wood. I used a 1/2 inch drill bit and drilled a hole about 1/2" into the block, then threaded my coupler into the block make sure its flush and tight. Be careful not to mar up your smooth sanding job.

Step 5: Spice It Up a Little

I used a 12 gauge shot gun shell if you want to do something else by all means do it! Note to everyone make sure you use a EMPTY SHELL! Do not try to cut open a loaded shot gun shell that's just stupid.

You need to take your shell and cut all the plastic off and sand about 1/4" off of the metal that way it fits in the wood well.

Then take a 3/4 inch spade bit and drilled a hole about 3/8 inch deep into the wood. Now I can put in my screw and then cover it up with the shot gun shell.

Then place your piece into the hole if it does not fit you might have to take a rotary tool and sand out the hole a little not to much though. Once its in your ready for the instal!

Step 6: Instal!

Find a stud please! don't just put a screw any wear its a bad Idea. I found two studs when I was at it.

Then put your screw in I used a 2 1/2" torx head screw with a small washer on the end. Once its on tight and level place your 12 gauge cover over it. And BOOM!!! You have your self a child proof key keeper that looks pretty good as well.

Step 7: Final Thoughts

Over all I'm happy with how this came out. I think I would have made mine longer and put three couplers on so I could keep a few different sets of keys on it. Other then that I'm happy with it.

As always thank you for taking a look! I hope you like what you see and I would love to see your take on it. If you have any questions ask away.

Thank you! Caleb Stephens

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75 Discussions

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CraigM8

3 years ago

Very cool!! I like the spent shotgun shell repurposed!

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M. A.GCraigM8

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

Whats it's purpose though? I like to reload mine for a purpose. I like it. Its a nice touch but serves virtually no purpose. Unless I'm missing something.

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ToryBM. A.G

Reply 1 year ago

The purpose of the spent shell is to cover the screw hole so it looks nicer

You are - he's not a redneck who needs to save every spent shell because he's broke. The purpose of the spent shell is for looks, just like your hairstyle - and your clothes, and car, and furniture and everything else you own. It doesn't HAVE to be that way, you could have your hair uncut and messy, why spend the money on barbers and product? Why do your clothes look that way? you could wear sackcloth and still keep warm. #seriouslystupidpplannoyme

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M. A.Gaustin.hall.129794

Reply 2 years ago

You're a jerk. I asked a simple question as the covering of the screw got by me. Hence the "Unless I'm missing something?" part of my comment which the author clarified and I thanked him. All very simple without your annoying stupidity.

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austin.hall.129794M. A.G

Reply 2 years ago

LOL wow - overract much? How come it's taken you a month to give me another reply, not very on the ball are you, and what's with the all the repeat posts..... online version of tourettes methinks. #trollingrednecks

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M. A.Gaustin.hall.129794

Reply 2 years ago

No I'm just reacting, appropriately to a complete jackass. You sure have an imagination there. Unlike you in my busy schedule the instructables comment section is right their at the very bottom on my list of not "important things" nor "

just "things" I need to accomplish but "Non-important" items. Thats right its at the bottom of my "non-important" things. In fact its on my "Things I dont really give a sh*t about" list. Tourettes? Of course since you live in a hostile world you think of some bazaar negative reason for the repeats. In todays world we have electronic devices called computers. They are connected wirelessly over the airwaves, browsers freeze up. A person may be hitting enter and its not registering on their end yetr its actually being sdent. Thats the more plausible explanation for five repeats.

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M. A.Gaustin.hall.129794

Reply 2 years ago

No I'm just reacting, appropriately to a complete jackass. You sure have an imagination there. Unlike you in my busy schedule the instructables comment section is right their at the very bottom on my list of not "important things" nor "

just "things" I need to accomplish but "Non-important" items. Thats right its at the bottom of my "non-important" things. In fact its on my "Things I dont really give a sh*t about" list. Tourettes? Of course since you live in a hostile world you think of some bazaar negative reason for the repeats. In todays world we have electronic devices called computers. They are connected wirelessly over the airwaves, browsers freeze up. A person may be hitting enter and its not registering on their end yetr its actually being sdent. Thats the more plausible explanation for five repeats.

wow calm down just a little bit:) maybe you just cant afford a reloading setup:P it actually costs more to reload than to buy crap ammo. I reload for accuracy's sake. Obviously not shotgun shells but all my 30-06 and .308.

yes bud we get it; you have guns, good for you.. Lots of other people have guns too, not a great deal of common sense, but LOTS of guns. Maybe the common sense has a better vetting process and much longer waiting time to aquire it...

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CJStephensM. A.G

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

I find this little comment conversation entertaining! It was to cover up the screw as imiller64 said. thank you for the question though! We reload as well. The reason why I use these though is because I can get 100s of them for free from my work, and I really dont have the time to reload every single one of them, you know how it is. Thank you my freind!

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M. A.GCJStephens

Reply 2 years ago

Yeah thanks for clarifying. Somehow I missed the entire hole covering portion. As it turns out that's a really cool idea. Its a nice touch. I think the "repurposing" term gets overused here and I was to fixated on that aspect to see that you were actually repurposing something. I'm almost mad in an envious way because why didn't I think of that. It could be used in many similar situations. Side note who said it was more expensive to reload? Its like pennies on the dollar to reload. I haven't bought reloading supplies in so long because thats the whole point is buying in bulk. Wads are bought by the bushel.(Yeah thats a joke)

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CJStephensM. A.G

Reply 2 years ago

Your welcome! It can be easy to skip over a step its not big deal. Thank you! one of my favorite ways to use sells is to inset them into projects, just gives it more of a eye catcher. I am going to make a knife handle soon with 45 call shells covering the pins, i really think it will set it off. Thanks again man!

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lmiller64M. A.G

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

The Shell casing was to add ascetics and cover the screw used to mount it to the wall.

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Mihsin

2 years ago

This is very cool idea.

Several decades ago, Ford gave away a keychain gift which the ring detached from the belt piece. Over the years I was unable to find a similar keychain. With this Instructable you're getting very close to what I need. Any ideas to make this attach to a belt piece?

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CJStephensMihsin

Reply 2 years ago

Thank you! I'm working on that, I have always had a hard time finding a belt clip that fit my needs. I am hoping to do another instrucable on making a belt clip version soon. very Interesting that ford gave something like that away though! learn something new every day.

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mmartin61

3 years ago

I used old barnwood and an old 40mm shell on mine

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