Intro: Turn a Mint Tin Into a Belt Holster for Screwdrivers
It seems like the moment you put down a screwdriver it disappears. You put it beside whatever you're working on, switch tools, and two minutes later when you need to switch back the screwdriver has jumped through a portal to another dimension. I hate misplacing tools, so I decided to come up with a way to keep them close at hand. I used a mint tin because they're made of such light, easy to work with metal. As a bonus, the lid forms a convenient little tray for screws!
Step 1: What You Need:
- Mint tin
- Rotary tool
- Sanding attachment & wire wheel attachment for rotary tool
- Super glue
- Belt clip (mine came off a tape measure)
- Small machine screw and nut; mine was 3/8" long and had a diameter of 1/8"
- Drill or drill press; I highly recommend you use a drill press if it is available to you
Step 2: Drilling the Holes
- First you have to figure out what size drill bit to use. I did this by inserting my screwdrivers into the spaces that hold the bits in my drill set until I found a bit size that allowed the screwdrivers to slip in and out easily.
- Measure the diameter of the screwdriver handles. Mine were about 15/16" across.
- Mark where you plan to drill, making sure that you have appropriate spacing between each hole. Since the diameter of the handles of my screwdrivers was about 15/16" I made the holes about 1 1/16" apart.
- Drill the holes; if possible drill through both sides of the tin at once.
- Make sure your screwdrivers slide in and out of the holes fairly easily.
- Now you have to drill a hole for the machine screw. Drill a hole near the top of the side opposite the hinges, beside where the screwdriver in the center rests (image 5).
Step 3: Cleaning It Up
- Use the rotary tool with the sanding attachment to clean up the jagged edges of the holes.
- Switch to the wire wheel attachment to give the tin a nice brushed finish.
Step 4: Attaching the Clip & Magnets
- Use the machine screw to attach the clip to the back of the tin.
- Superglue the magnets behind the holes on the side of the tin with the hinges. This will prevent the screwdrivers from slipping out accidentally.