Turn a Mint Tin Into a Belt Holster for Screwdrivers
Turn a Mint Tin Into a Belt Holster for Screwdrivers
Turn a Mint Tin Into a Belt Holster for Screwdrivers
Turn a Mint Tin Into a Belt Holster for Screwdrivers
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:

Turn a Mint Tin Into a Belt Holster for Screwdrivers
Turn a Mint Tin Into a Belt Holster for Screwdrivers

- 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"

- Magnets

- Drill or drill press; I highly recommend you use a drill press if it is available to you

Step 2: Drilling the Holes

Turn a Mint Tin Into a Belt Holster for Screwdrivers
Turn a Mint Tin Into a Belt Holster for Screwdrivers
Turn a Mint Tin Into a Belt Holster for Screwdrivers
Turn a Mint Tin Into a Belt Holster for Screwdrivers
Turn a Mint Tin Into a Belt Holster for Screwdrivers

- 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

Turn a Mint Tin Into a Belt Holster for Screwdrivers
Turn a Mint Tin Into a Belt Holster for Screwdrivers
Turn a Mint Tin Into a Belt Holster for Screwdrivers

- 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

Turn a Mint Tin Into a Belt Holster for Screwdrivers
Turn a Mint Tin Into a Belt Holster for Screwdrivers
Turn a Mint Tin Into a Belt Holster for Screwdrivers
Turn a Mint Tin Into a Belt Holster for Screwdrivers

- 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.

 
 

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