The Utility Magnet



Hey everyone; first off, I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while. University has really shifted the intensity into higher gear, so I haven't had time to work on many projects. However, I'll be trying to post a few quick and easy things like this over the next few months.

I always lose my stuff; I don't know how, but whatever assorted small objects I need at the time just seem to disappear. After one-too-many mornings of frantically searching for my keys, I decided that I needed to figure out a way to remedy this. One of the few things I haven't managed to lose is my fridge; that would be tough even for me. Thus, this project was born. It works great for holding keys, pens, clips, and (of course) can be used as a normal magnet as well!

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Step 1: What You Need:

- Saw

- Sandpaper, at least 150 grit

- Wood stain

- Six 1/4" diameter neodymium magnets

- Drill or drill press

- 3/16" thick plywood

- Epoxy

Step 2: Preparing the Body

- Cut a 1" by 1" square of plywood.

- Draw two vertical and two horizontal lines 3/8" in from the edges on what you want to be the top face of the utility magnet.

- Flip the square over, and draw a line down the middle.

Step 3: Drilling

- using a 1/4" drill bit, drill holes at the intersections of the lines on the top face that are deep enough for the magnets to sit almost flush in.

- Flip the square over, and drill two holes along the line down the back that are deep enough for the magnets to sit flush in.

Step 4: Sanding, Staining, & Gluing

- Sand each face until it's smooth, and you have removed all the pencil marks.

- Stain it; I liked the contrast the nice dark stain has with the shiny magnets.

- Mix up some epoxy, and glue the magnets into the holes on the front and back.

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