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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.  http://www.techshop.ws/
 
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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
R8_Hole_Layout.jpg
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!
https://www.ponoko.com/
beautiful box and collets, very well maintained. i have to start making these for my tools. especially drill bits.