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Project by moshel posted 1979 days ago 1695 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife has a tendency to either misplace her cellphone or just not dig it up fast enough from her bag.
the obvious solution would be to BUY a carry case, right? wrong!

I made her one from oak. the lid is being held by 3 rare earth magnet slivers (and there will be also a securing string (you can see the holes). it turned out real nice and was fun to make….

It is finished with marine varnish as it is going to be on the outside of her bag most of the time.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...





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Will Mego

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#1 posted 1979 days ago

um, powerful magnets + cell phone + close prox to credit cards = comic goodness.

Seriously though, rare earth magnets next to a cell phone and other things sensitive to such things….maybe it’s not a good idea?

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." - http://www.willmego.com/

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Will Mego

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#2 posted 1979 days ago

just picked up the following on a website:

“You should keep them at least six to twelve inches away from computer hard drives, credit cards, computer monitors, and other susceptible electronic equipment. Individuals with pacemakers and other internal medical devices should not handle or come within close proximity of strong magnets. These magnets are safe for air transport as packaged but as a general rule they should be kept off airplanes. “

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." - http://www.willmego.com/

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moshel

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#3 posted 1979 days ago

lets keep things in proportion… rare earth magnets are powerfull, but these are tiny slivers. the effect of the magnetic field decline in x^2. about 0.5 cm from the slivers you can hardly feel the attraction.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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John Gray

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#4 posted 1979 days ago

Nice job but I think it would have a hinge instead of magnets if it were mine.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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moshel

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#5 posted 1979 days ago

I also wanted to use hinges. however, finding such small hinges on our small island is not as it easy as you think it should be. couldn’t find anything that was under 3cm and the flat surface i have on the sides is ~2cm.
also, hinges do not solve the issue of locking the lid into place.

i have also made “positioning” pins from nails to make sure the lid will not move sideways.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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jack1

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#6 posted 1979 days ago

you should market these. Probably way better than what we buy!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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moshel

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#7 posted 1979 days ago

the thought has crossed my mind…. must work on the locking mechanism first. I was thinking maybe to use a string that locks into a wedge like groove in the lid. very fast to open and close and looks good. I already have a queue of friends that want one so I can practice….

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#8 posted 1979 days ago

I don’t think the magnets would do any harm to the phone. They don’t harm flash memory at all, only spinning hard disks and CRT tubes. Luckily cellphones have LCD screens, though. :oD

Many years ago I remember seeing a cellphone support for the car that was just a plain magnet you stuck to the dashboard with double tape. The phone itself was placed against it and held in place because of the battery being primarily metallic.

Actually, since the last iteration of the iMac computer which sports a thick aluminium case, all the remotes were stored holding them against the plastic case where a powerful magnet was hidden behind.

And, the most important of all: you did a fine job here, moshel.

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DannyBoy

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#9 posted 1979 days ago

That’s wild. Good job finding a use for smaller pieces!

-- He said wood...http://hickbyassociation.blogspot.com/

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MrWoody

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#10 posted 1978 days ago

It might interest you to know that the case that came with my cell phone has a large magnet on the flap to keep it closed. I really don’t think magnets are going to bother the phone.
Nice case.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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Mark Shymanski

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#11 posted 1978 days ago

Yeah, my cell phone case has a large magnet to keep it closed, I don’t think a few slivers are going to screw up the cell phone…not that I wouldn’t mind my cell phone being screwed up somedays…..the joys of being on call :-(

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Will Mego

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#12 posted 1978 days ago

Well, I posted because I actually have seen cell phones misbehave due to magnets being within a few inches. Put your phone inside an MRI machine if you want, it’s your phone. What I’ve seen is the phone doesn’t cease to work, it just acts funny and unpredictable. Give it some time away from magnets, goes back to normal. Credit cards on the other hand are less forgiving.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." - http://www.willmego.com/

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Jiri Parkman

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#13 posted 1931 days ago

Good job.

-- Jiri

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kiwisharyn

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#14 posted 1899 days ago

Beautiful! Did you gut it out from solid or cut into pieces and rejoin?

-- ... must be time for a cup of tea and a sit-down

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moshel

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#15 posted 1899 days ago

Thanks!
it starts from 3 pieces. one thick for the middle and two thin for the front and back. you cut the hole in the middle piece, glue them together, shape them and cut the lid.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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