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How to build a Socket Caddy from scrap hardwood flooring.

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A good set of sockets, both english and metric and regular and deep well sockets are pretty much a necessity for a lot of DIY work. There are some complete sets that come with a storage tray and carrying case but often unless you are just starting out and need a set like that you buy just the sockets you need. I often end up with them scattered around in different tools bags depending on the project that they were involved in. After getting pretty frustrated with the disorganization I went looking for a tool bag that would work for organizing sockets. I browsed a few hardware stores and did not find anything that I thought wold work for me and I came to the conclusion that the best thing to do would be to make my own. And I had just the stuff to make it with.

I salvaged some Oak boards from a hardware floor and decided to try and make my own socket caddy out of the oak boards.

 
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Step 1: Clean up the wood

Although the wood was in great shape it had nails in it and glue stuck on the back. The glue was not a problem as the planer would strip that off but the nails had to be removed otherwise they would wreck the planner blades.

There is a good technique to do this that I learned.  Using a pair of vice grips clamp on the nail as close to the board as you can get and simply roll it out. Use the nose of the vise grips to pry the nails out and pull them through the back side of the wood. if you try and hammer them back through and take them out of the face of the wood they will often pull up splinters and damage the surface. If you pull them out through the back side you avoid that.

Sometimes the nails will break off. If this happens then get a punch and punch them out from the front until you can get a grip on them.

Make certain that you get out all of the nails, tacks and screws.
Viaticus1 year ago
great advice about using vice grips and pulling the nails through. I have some time off from work soon - good opportunity to round up all my sockets and get them organized! Thanks for this instructable!
Viaticus1 year ago
great advice about using vice grips and pulling the nails through. I have some time off from work soon - good opportunity to round up all my sockets and get them organized! Thanks for this instructable!
blkhawk1 year ago
Brilliant!
This came out really nicely, I'm always looking for ways to better organize my tools. Could you better explain how you constructed this caddy with text to accompany your images?
Vyger (author)  audreyobscura1 year ago
I was editing it still, its mostly complete now. I have a couple more pictures to edit and put up too.
Vyger (author)  Vyger1 year ago
I also have a couple of short videos to imbed but I have to edit them first.
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