Friday, February 1, 2013

Magnetizing Resin Bases


  • Resin Bases
  • 1/8” diameter by 1/16” high N35 Rare Earth Magnets
  • Ruler
  • 25mm GW plastic base
  • 1/8” drill bit
  • Permanent Marker
  • Hand Drill and/or Dremel
  • Super Glue
  • Rubber Gloves

Step 1:  Measure, mark and drill a 1/8” hole ¼” off the corner of a standard GW base to create a template.  Place the template on the bottom of the resin base and mark the locations with a permanent marker.  For the 25mm resin bases shown below I went with 2 magnets in opposite corners.

Step 2:  Drill a 1/8” hole using a Dremel at the locations marked for each magnet.  Be careful not to drill through the base. 

Step 3:  Measure the depth of the hole with a stack of magnets.  You want the hole to be slightly deeper than one magnet to give space for the glue.  If the hole is not deep enough I recommend using a hand drill to finish the hole to avoid going to deep or inadvertently going through the base.  

Step 4:  Apply a small amount of Super Glue into each hole.  I prefer to use a brand of glue that has a package that allows for more precise application.  

Step 5: Place a stack of magnets into the each hole.  Slide the stack horizontally across the surface to leave one magnet remaining in each hole.  Wipe a gloved finger across each magnet to ensure that they are flush with the bottom of the base.  Also, it’s preferable to orient all the magnets in the same direction.


Dennis G said...

A good way to do depth is to use a depth lock collar or just a piece of tape wrapped around the drill to let you know when to stop.

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