Is your workbench pegboard getting overcrowded with tools? Or perhaps the printed sizes on your hand tools seem to be getting a little smaller and blurrier every year? Perhaps this nut driver holder will help with both of those issues. The same basic design can be applied to other similar tools such as screwdrivers.
I made this at TechShop www.techshop.ws
Step 1: Materials & Equipment
Laser Cutter (my TechShop has a Trotec Speedy 300)
1/2" thick 3-1/2" x 12" poplar board
1/4" thick 2" x 6" poplar board
1-1/2" x 12" walnut veneer
150 grit sandpaper
This instructable assumes some basic familiarity with CorelDraw and a laser cutter.
Step 2: Design the Base
Now we need to create the outline of the base. I decided I wanted the sides of the base to be 0.2" larger than the nut drivers. So I drew a series of 1.45" diameter circles around the outer nut drivers. Draw them in red with a hairline width to indicate that they should be cut (not engraved) on the laser cutter. I then drew straight lines (also red hairline) to join the sides and back. Then, to avoid sharp inner corners I added two small 3-point arcs to smooth where the circles meet.
Next the holes need to be added for the shafts of each nut driver. I measured the widest part of each nut driver (at the socket portion of the shaft) and added 0.1" to each diameter. Draw the seven red hairline circles centered on each nut driver location.
Finish by deleting all lines/circles except the outer perimeter and the seven holes for each shaft. Use the Virtual Segment Delete tool to do this.