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.
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.