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Wallet Made From Hard Drive Platters


Wallet Made From Hard Drive Platters
Originally uploaded by mikeysklar

Last week I lost my wallet. While waiting for my replacement identification and bank cards to arrive I had time to deliberate on my new wallet. At brunch this morning Wendy and I discussed a DIY money clip. I came across this clever key/clip over at lifehacker. Hmm, maybe I can do this with magnets and old circuit boards? I took apart a dead hard drive that I had dumpster dived last year initially for the magnets, but I could not take my eyes off of the platters. The magnet would just be trouble with my ATM card magnetic strips as well as sticking to everything else around. Using a rivet gun I was able to quickly adhere two car keys and my AAA card to the platters. I use a additional rivet so that the platters can slide open and a picture frame hook to clip them together. It is still a little awkward, but I dig the weight to strength ratio of the aluminum plates. It also makes for a decent mirror in a pinch. It's tempting to use a coin cell battery and sneak a little LED in.

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4 comments:

Paul Blonsky said...

Be careful! Some hard drive platters are made out of ceramic and just explode like glass when bent or cut. I found this out the hard way. Thousands of sharp mirror like shards all over me and my workshop! It was horrible. I still cannot tell the difference between platters, so be careful!

Ilias Theodoropoulos said...

Yup. I agree with Paul. It looks like polished aluminium but it's some sort of glass.
It will cut you pretty bad if it breaks in your pocket.
I've learned the hard-way too.

michael said...

A good strategy is...money clip with bills in your front pocket, something like the NYLA wallet with cards in back pocket. Unlikely to lose both or have both stolen.

Steve Cabouli said...

What a creative thought. I would rather forget carrying the wallet in my pocket!