The One Dollar Magnetic Screw Pick-up




Introduction: The One Dollar Magnetic Screw Pick-up

About: With 21 Featured Instructables, and Over 1 Million Views, I think I am doing pretty good here, with my wacky ideas!

$30 for a magnet??? NOT ON MY WATCH!!

As a geek, I am always working on things, and always dropping screws and small parts,

and you stare at the floor trying to find out where that sucker rolled.

A magnetic wand, is great, but not a lot of real estate to pick up things, and sometimes

you spill screws and parts and need something more VERBOSE.

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Step 1: The $1.00 Magnetic Screw Pick-ker Upper.

It's really a simple thing to make, First you start with magnets harvested from a hard drive.

INSTRUCTABLES has many many great video's how to do that, I am going to assume you have already pulled out the magnets or just bought one.


  1. Empty can (I used a corn can, I am eating the corn while writing this instructable!) (YUM)
  2. Long nail, or long screw, or threaded rod
  3. Epoxy
  4. Slightly smaller then the can Lid from a jar.

Step 2: Lets Make It! - Putting It All Together

Step 3: Putting It All Together - the Glue

The cost is minimal, I used stuff around the house, you can get fancier with a long threaded rod, and a handle.

Step 4: OK, I LIED -- $2.00

I realized that the opening picture, is a guy holding a magnetic pickup on a stick, and in the interest of honesty I went and bought a plastic broomstick at the .99 store -- and added it to this Instructable.

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    2 Discussions

    Alex in NZ
    Alex in NZ

    2 years ago

    Nice! I've always just wrapped a magnet in plastic and cleaned the floor, and the plastic has always torn and little bits of ferrous grit have got stuck to magnet and I've had to clean them off. The magnets-glued-inside-lid is a _great_ way to secure them, and then having a solid metal case around makes so much sense.

    Thanks for providing some excellent ideas for my build :-)


    2 years ago

    I like it, I have a couple of the telescopic magnetic wands but the head is small. This is a nice and inexpensive improvement. I'm off to improve mine. Thanks for posting.