This simple tool storage tote is perfect for organizing all your metric and SAE sockets and wrenches. You can make it in minutes with plywood and two magnetic bars.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:February 2008
Use plywood to make the tote, with small strips for dividers.
Fasten magnetic bars to the handle to keep wrenches in order.
Here's a gripping, portable
organizer for all those
wrenches and sockets.
To make your own, cut
a 5-in. handle slot in a piece
of 14-in. x 11-1/2-in. x 3/4-
in. plywood and screw it to
the middle of a piece of 14-in.
x 8-in. x 3/4-in. plywood. Band
the bottom with strips of 1-1/4-in. x
1/2-in. plywood to reinforce the tote
and keep the sockets and accessories
onboard. For wrench storage, fasten
13-in.-long magnetic tool bars (available online) halfway
up on both sides of the handle board.
Tack or glue divider strips to the floor as
needed for better socket sectoring. That's
it—load and tote!
Thanks to reader
Stephen Balazs for this idea.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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