Step #1: MaterialsPrevNext
Thin Steel Sheet Metal
Small Wood Screws
Needle Nose Pliers
Drill and Bit Set
Hammer and Nails (optional)
Step #3: Cut Out a Piece of the Sheet Metal for the FramePrevNext
- Using your tin snips cut out a 1.5" x 3.5" rectangle from your piece of sheet metal. We will use this to make the frame that will hold the magnet.
- You can purchase steel sheet metal at most hardware stores. Alternatively, you can just cut up scrap metal that you have lying around.
Step #8: Drill or Punch the Screw HolesPrevNext
- Now you need to make screw holes in the center of each of the mounting tabs. You can either drill holes or you can punch holes with a nail and hammer.
- If you choose to drill holes, keep in mind that the drill bit can easily get caught on the sheet metal. This can cause it to quickly spin the sheet metal around and cut you (or at least bend up your nicely folded metal.)
Step #11: Make Larger Magnetic BracketsPrevNext
- If you wish to have a larger mounting surface, you can either make several individual brackets and mount them side by side, or you can make larger brackets with multiple magnets.
- To make larger brackets, the procedure is basically the same. You just need to use a larger piece of sheet metal. For ever additional magnet add one inch to the width of the metal. This will allow the magnets to be spaced out a little. So for two magnets the initial sheet metal should be 2.5" x 3.5". For three magnets, the initial sheet metal should be 3.5" x 3.5" and so on.
- It can be difficult to fold up the sides if they are too long. If this is the case, it may help to cut the sides into sections of two or three magnet widths. The shorter sections should be much easier to fold.
- The magnets can support more weight if they are all in the same orientation. But this makes it difficult to secure them in place because they want to repel each other. So be careful to keep the magnets aligned when inserting them.