Picture of Build an R8 Collet Storage Box at TechShop
In my home shop I have a Smithy Granite 1324 3-in-1 machine.  This machine uses standard R8 collets in the mill head.  Over time I have collected a number of collets, but not as part of a boxed set. 

In this instructable I'll show how I used the laser cutter and some of the wood shop tools at Techshop to make a wooden case for 18 of these collets.  Room for those I have and those I'll acquire in the future.

I made it at Techshop Detroit.
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

• 60 watt Epilog laser
• Disk/belt sander
• Table saw with dado blade
• Drill press with ¾” drum sanding tool
• Screwdriver
• Box material (3/8” Baltic birch plywood in my case)
• Wood glue of choice
• Finish of choice (polyurethane)
• Hinges, and latch, handle if desired

Step 2: Design the Box

Picture of Design the Box
The box must be designed from the inside out.  How much space is need for what we want in the box and then what are the dimensions of a box which will contain that space. 

For anyone whom doesn't know... an R8 collet looks like the drawing attached.

Use pencil and paper or a drafting tool to layout the number of collets wanted in the box – I chose 3 rows of 6 for a total of 18.  Layout of the positioning of the collets is shown.  I added a 1/8” border around the outside of the “space” to fit into a dado internal to the box later during assembly.

The overall outside dimensions of the box (top view) must be 1/2" each direction larger than the hole layout shown.

The front view of the box internals is also shown - a bit of space is needed at the top and bottom to accomodate the 4" long collets held vertical in the box.
Cool, looks very sturdy :) You should enter this into the Holiday Gifts Contest!
kukubee2 years ago
Cool! I wish I had a laser cutter!
Here, I will give you one!
beautiful box and collets, very well maintained. i have to start making these for my tools. especially drill bits.