Constructing the organizer
Use plywood to make the tote, with small strips for dividers.Photo: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
Fasten magnetic bars to the handle to keep wrenches in order.Photo: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
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.
Required Tools for this Project
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
- Circular saw
- Cordless drill
- Countersink drill bit
- Safety glasses
Required Materials for this Project
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.
- 1-5/8-in. screws
- 1/2-in. plywood
- 3/4-in. plywood
- 4d finishing nails
- Magnetic bars