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Project by NeoMoses posted 02-08-2021 10:37 PM 1578 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made some socket organizers to start re-organizing my toolbox. These 1/4” sockets kept falling off the cheap rails and I wanted something a little different, so I made these bad boys. They’re laser cut out of 1/4” plywood. It’s 3 layers glued together. I’m liking the design so far and I plan to make more to cover my 3/8” and 1/2” drive sockets as well. These nest nicely together and the curved design gives a wider base that’s less likely to tip over.

My next ones I plan to make on my CNC mill out of 3/4” baltic birch, then laser engrave the top. I’ll see which method I prefer, milling or laser cutting. Either way, this was a fun project!

Update: I used some wood dye to color them red and blue, then finished with some lacquer sprayed in a Preval sprayer. I’m really liking the color-coded set.

-- www.bryanpryor.com





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489tad

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#1 posted 02-08-2021 10:55 PM

That’s cool. I could use this.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 02-08-2021 11:25 PM

Great idea! Good job making them.

-- Gary - ozarksawdust.com

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#3 posted 02-09-2021 12:17 AM

Being a laser tragic, I like it NM...

I’m guessing the CNC will let you make it out of a single 3/4” piece… I usually do similar, laminating 6mm MDF and find the glue up a pain in the rrrs.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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NeoMoses

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#4 posted 02-09-2021 12:31 AM

Yep, exactly LBD! I thought the laser was going to be the perfect tool for this project, but between cleaning up all the squeeze-out in every little hole, plus the edges, then sanding the char off, I’m not sure I saved any time.

I do love the laser for the engraving, though!


Being a laser tragic, I like it NM...

I m guessing the CNC will let you make it out of a single 3/4” piece… I usually do similar, laminating 6mm MDF and find the glue up a pain in the rrrs.

- LittleBlackDuck


-- www.bryanpryor.com

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#5 posted 02-09-2021 01:01 AM



Yep, exactly LBD! I thought the laser was going to be the perfect tool for this project, but between cleaning up all the squeeze-out in every little hole, plus the edges, then sanding the char off, I m not sure I saved any time.

I do love the laser for the engraving, though!
- NeoMoses


I don’t have a CNC… would love one and it’s purely the space that’s preventing me. I see little benefit in a small one and I just haven’t the physical space for a more realistic sized one… Unfortunately there are not enough machines in my workshop that I could sacrifice to make space… and the mess… the laser with a good filter, resides snugly in a spare bedroom.
Also don’t like the effort needed to prevent small pieces flying around… as you know it’s hard to beat a .2mm laser kerf for precision work.

I’ve learn to ignore the laser charring in workshop stuff/jigs and using dowels for alignment reduces the amount of glue needed thereby minimising squeeze out… minimising and not eliminating.

Always look forward to more laser postings.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#6 posted 02-09-2021 02:21 AM

Nice idea by increasing the stability with the curve. Looks better too ;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#7 posted 02-09-2021 03:23 AM

That curve really sets it off. Cool idea.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 02-09-2021 04:49 AM

I’ve decided to go with the Red (SAE) & Blue (metric) color theme to help distinguish socket sets. I’m going to order some Transfast Dye and try to color these this weekend.

-- www.bryanpryor.com

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#9 posted 02-09-2021 06:37 PM

I don’t know why these speak to me so much, they’re just really cool. Put some curves in there, why the hell not?! Nice work and I hope you like your future iterations.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 02-10-2021 02:02 AM



I ve decided to go with the Red (SAE) & Blue (metric) color theme to help distinguish socket sets. I m going to order some Transfast Dye and try to color these this weekend.

- NeoMoses

I use that same color coded method for my work tool box as well as home.

Work box

Home

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#11 posted 02-10-2021 04:01 AM

I like these, but will stick to the metal socket racks, given the amount of greasy sludge I get on my sockets. That’s only on one old truck, as the rest of my vehicles go to the dealer for repair. I hope that their tools don’t have greasy sludge on them, but based on what I had on my tools back in the day, I’m betting that they do.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#12 posted 02-10-2021 04:23 AM

Those are really cool. Good job.

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#13 posted 02-10-2021 11:31 PM

Very cool – nice design.

-- Mark B. Glenn Dale, MD

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