Step 1: Making the Base
The source for the C program is attached here in "source.txt". The input file is "input.txt" and the header/footer file into which the cut commands are inserted is "header_footer.txt". The resulting base comes out looking like the picture above.
Step 2: Making the Lid
Step 3: Making the Socket Labels
After etching the labels on the lauan, I cut the two stips of labels out with the table saw and rounded the corners a bit on the disc sander. I then sprayed a clear coat on the labels to minimize the impact of the inevitable grease they would experience.
I gave both the base and the lid a bit of hand sanding and then a coat of black spray paint.
I then glued the socket labels in place.
Step 4: Hinging the Lid to the Base
Because of poor planning on my part I had to make a recess in the back portion of the lid frame to accommodate one of the socket label strips. That was easily accomplished with the table router.
Step 5: Making a Latch
First I removed the pivoting handles by folding them back and squeezing inward - one side at a time.
Then I opened the binder clip with a couple of pairs of pliers and a bench vice. I bent the two creases as flat as possible with the vice and then hammered the creases on the flat surface on the back of the vice to really get them flat.
Then I cut out the shape of the latch using a Dremel tool with a carbide wheel. I then shaped it a bit with the bench grinder and removed the sharp edges.
Next I put a piece of masking tape over the latch and marked it for the mounting screws and the latching screw (the bigger hole). Holding the latch with a pair of vice-grips, I drilled the holes on a drill-press (please do NOT attempt to hold the latch by hand while drilling - that rarely ends well).
Finally I used the latch as a template to mark the base and lid for the pilot holes for the mounting and latch screws, drilled the pilot holes, and mounted the latch.
I doubt anyone is going to need to build a socket holder for the same parts, and with the same dimensions, as mine - but maybe you'll find use for the source code or get an idea or two from this. Thanks for checking it out.
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