A very "attractive" desk mod

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  1. Butcher9_9

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    I work for a company that repairs Macs (I don't repair them personally though) and we get a load of broken screen that just happen to contain a load of magnets. Now i really love magnets so I have been pulling the magnets out of the screens and mag safes. I have 256 mag safes worth of magnets (1000 in total) and about 1000 magnets from screens (80-100 or so screens worth).

    Now time to use them

    I have for a while now wanted to be able to stick screws, knifes ect to the under side of my desk while im working under it.

    First a few bits of wood to stick under the desk, i had them lying around so they are not that good quality (that turns out to be an issue)

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    Then i routed out the bits of wood to a thickness of 1mm.

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    After Sanding ect.

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    here are the magnets (I have 800-100 of these ) and I used about 5-600 in this project.

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    while I was doing this I decided to make some desk blocks to hold screws while I was working above the desk.

    Another part of that scrap wood, one of the better pieces (it was pretty good).

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    All cut and sanded, i also did a few others in the pics above though those are for the people at work who gave me the broken screens. They are some what smaller.

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    Also routed out.

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    Its magnets, these are a bit bigger than the others (you get 4 per screen and 8 of the smaller ones)

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    Magnets glued in.

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    More to come.
     
  2. Muchoman1

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    Sub'd for when you accidentally put a phone/hdd/laptop on the top of the desk and it gets raep'd :thumbup:
     
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    Lol, just had to. Looks interesting
     
  4. Creekin

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    subD for when ur working under your desk with a knife suspended above your head by magnets :Paranoid:
     
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    I love the concept.

    But I am really struggling to work out why you'd want to do this. Or even why you are working under there in the first place.

    Are you the only one who's working under, rather than at, their desk? :confused:
     
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    Butcher9_9

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    Swapping out HDDs, jiggling cords ect. Often i'm either under the desk or sitting on the floor near it. Now i will not have to get up and grab stuff of the desk. just stick a screw driver ect under the desk.

    I also have like 15 knives that i don't really have space for. Now I can store them somewhere out of the way.
     
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    Awww ya a funny bastard Chopper! :lol::thumbup:

    Actually I made some thing similar but on a larger scale at work. It was suspended above a coal conveyor to remove metal contamination. Permission to post pics?


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    Please go ahead.
     
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    So here we go..........................

    Making a Super Magnet!

    15mm thick steel base plate. Drill hole in timber and bolt to make a box.

    Buy a crap load of heavy duty magnets from China. Around 150 x 100 x 25.

    Do not screw with these, they can take fingers if they decide to flip poles or find metal. :lol: Fill box CAREFULLY!

    Cover with a fabricated 5mm cover. Done. Suspend above coal conveyor.

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  11. Creekin

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    how do u clean it?
    wouldnt an electro magnet be better?
    sure ive seen them in use in coal and scrap conveyors before
     
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    Electro better for sure. I was working in this little fab shop and the old owner was always coming up with cheap arse ideas for companies who were to tight arsed for the real deal. It was strong enough to catch nut bolts and crushed tins and you could remove them.

    Super Magnet Shenanigans

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  13. Creekin

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    bahahaha! GOLD! :lol:
    thread successfully jacked :thumbup:

     
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    :lol: Bahaha just noticed my socket wrench captured on the side. :lol:

    It was funny, the boss said "I'll put the magnets in Bob...........I've already partially lost 2 fingers......" BWAHAHAHA that was GOLD! :lol::thumbup:
     
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    I never realised setting tools you are using on the floor next to you was so difficult :p I don't keep my computer on the ground anymore but when I did if I was doing anything significant I found it easier just to pull all the cables and put it on my desk rather than squirming around on the ground hitting my head on the underside of the desk. A neat idea at first but I am dubious to how useful it could actually be.
     
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    My first thought. This has fantastic potential for device-destroying tears and tantrums.
     
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    Subbed for when Butcher comes to rflan with only 10tb shared and we know why ;)
     
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    This isn't going to end well.
     
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    Butcher9_9

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    Despite what people think magnets do not really kill HDDs (well maybe when they are on and the magnet is crazy strong). I have put a HDD right on top of a pile of neodymium ball magnets and it was fine. HDD have 2 very powerful magnets about 2mm from the platters already. Also the desk is about 25mm thick wood (plus the thickness of the wood holding the magnets) the magnetic field will be very weak from that distance.

    As far as picking up my case and putting it on the desk:

    A. There is no space on my desk.
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    B. my PC is weighs over 30KG. Too many HDDs.
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    Also I have all of my stuff backed up onto HDDs far away from my desk (3m) so i'll never come to RFlan with a punny 10TB :).
     
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    I found a picture of the OP's son. :p Presumably from when he was on holiday.
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