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The REAL Leatherman KEYman! My custom LM Multi-Key!!

Discussion in 'Do-It-Yourself & Gear Modifications' started by shadeone, Aug 6, 2007.

  1. shadeone

    shadeone Loaded Pockets

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    ok this idea popped in my head a few weeks ago, inspired by Ryans keyman, and ive been working on it during my lunch breaks ever since and finally completed it today!

    I present to you, the Leatherman Multi-Key!!
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    It has keys to my front door, back door and garage all in one tight little package that doesnt jingle around or take up much pocket space! Here are the steps I took to make it...

    first, get yourself a LM Micra and pry it apary using two wrenches on the star bolts... if they are too tight, holding a soldering iron up to one will loosen it up. empty all the tools out but SAVE the pins...
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    second, get yourself some copies of your keys made to all be on similar blanks... the black lines on the keys in the photo are where you will be cutting them...
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    grind the keys so that the very bottom line is level with the lowest angle on the key as you see below.. .this way they will sit nicely in the LM
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    now grind down some of the leftover tools where you see the black marks below to form washers that fit perect:
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    save one of the tools as you will need it for the template for the backs of the keys so they actually flip open properly... holding them together with a vise grip and using a bench grinder works perfect... i found the hole diameter in the center is 4.25mm so a srill bit around that size works perfect, or you would go smaller and then bore it out till it fits snugly around the pin..
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    finiished grinding and drilling:
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    align the keys and washers and slip the pin through... this is where you want to test to make sure everything is perfect. the tighter you make the keys in there, the more they will stay in and not flip out when you dont want them to...
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    voila! you are done!

    thanks for looking and let me know what you think!

    shade
     
  2. luigi

    luigi Loaded Pockets

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    That is really very cool!
    One of the most interesting projects with keys I've seen, congratulations :bow:

    Thanks for resizing the pics!

    Luigi
     
  3. parnass

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    Very creative idea. O0
     
  4. mr.hauser

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    awesome. great job.
     
  5. RyanMalpiede

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    Wow dude ... that kicks butt!!!!! How much time did that take? You taking orders? :poke:
     
  6. WildEMT

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    What a way to stop the rattle. Very inventive! Next time I run across a worn-out Micra, I will snatch it up and try this out. O0
     
  7. Chief-Yeah

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    what a cool idea,way to go shadeone :thumbsup:
     
  8. Dizos

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  9. Lugsalot

    Lugsalot EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    Just plain awesome! Great idea and tutorial! :highfive:
     
  10. ironraven

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    This rocks. A LOT! How many keys can you get into each half?
     
  11. ZenEngineer

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    That's pretty cool. I wish I could do that with my car key, but it has one of those security transponder chips so the car won't start without it.
     
  12. jag-engr
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    That's amazing!

    I've considered doing something similar after seeing a pocket dump in the EDC Photo section where someone had ground down their keys and put them on a split ring. I just never had the imagination or resourcefulness to come up with something like this.

    Way to go and thanks for sharing!
     
  13. greenLED

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    Oh, man, this is *so* cool!
     
  14. wykeite

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    Patent it O0 bloody brilliant, O0
     
  15. shadeone

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    wow, thanks for all the responses guys!

    I will not be taking orders sorry to say...

    it fits three keys with really thin spacers very well but i think you coult fit 4 in there if you worked it out good enough...

    shade
     
  16. karlito

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    Very cool. O0. Would it be easier to use washers rather than grinding the tools into washers? Or was it part of the project "process"? Gonna give this one a try.
     
  17. carrot

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    This is awesome! I want to make my own... or are you taking pre-orders?
     
  18. wykeite

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    I was being serious there, you have a excellent idea. Look into patenting it before some key maker steals your idea. I'd buy one. Best novel idea I've seen for a long time, I am really impressed :notworthy:.

    Just think of the potential, selling a holder, spacers and holding the copyright to the key shape............................................rushes off to the patent office :giddyup: :bolt:
     
  19. greptile

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    Great job!

    I've long been wanting to see a SAK or leatherman with a key holder in it, but this is even better. I'm betting the same method could be used with an old SAK or clone, you might be able to make a key tool with some additional uses plus a back spring.
     
  20. SBloke

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    Totally brilliant!!!! O0

    I feel the need to do some grinding and welding on my keys.... :D :D