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help organizing sockets

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by Ohbrian, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. Jan 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM
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    Ohbrian

    Ohbrian [OP] Taco Roja

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    Anyone have any cheap/creative ways to organize sockets? My rolling tool chest didn't come with anything in the drawers, and I want to get all my sockets in them and not keep them in the original boxes. I have 3 different drive sizes in std and metric.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Jan 24, 2012 at 6:44 PM
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    wileyC

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    i've seen some good home-made ideas on garagejournal, ...like things as simple as drilling holes in a thick piece of wood
     
  3. Jan 24, 2012 at 6:45 PM
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    tacomaprerunner

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    Good idea. However, if it is a mobile toolbox, weight is a factor.

    To the OP, I'm in the same situation. What I'm going to do I make some foam pieces that span the drawer, and cut some holes in them for sockets.

    Edit - I see that the OP is talking about a rolling chest.
     
  4. Jan 24, 2012 at 6:47 PM
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    BradleyScottETC

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    I went to Home Depot to buy a few of those metal socket clip strips for all the loose sockets overflowing in my toolbox- figured I'd need 6 as they each hold 7 a piece. I ended up buying a new socket set that came in a case because it was cheaper than buying the organizers.

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  5. Jan 25, 2012 at 6:18 AM
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    For my sockets I use most often (pretty much all my metric sockets) I use these Craftsman magnetic organizers

    I have 3 different sized trays depending on the size of the sockets, i.e. 1/4", 3/8", 1/2"
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    For my sockets I don't use often, I use the metal clip organizers posted above.
     
  6. Jan 25, 2012 at 4:22 PM
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    Evil Monkey

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    I bought a cheap setup from Sears. It was a plastic square pegboard (about 1 foot) with moveable pegs in different sizes for the different driver sizes. It's similar to what Bradley posted but it's a peg instead of a clip. I think it was like $5 per square with the pegs.
     
  7. Jan 25, 2012 at 8:36 PM
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    Andrew H

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    See build thread.
    I just bought a bunch of metal socket clip strips from harbor freight. Cheap and work just fine.
     
  8. Jan 30, 2012 at 6:05 AM
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    Yeah I'm thinking about trying these magnetic things out. I'm pretty fedd up with my current set up. I have the ones that are a then long metal bar with cheep metal clips. Some times they will hold the socket on and onther times the socket falls right off and of course in the rare times I'm trying to stay organized and keep my sockets on that track instead of letting them roll around it will fight me to let me even get the socket on the clip. I think these magnetic trays will work better with one handes use. I bet there expensive thoughand I'm rure I will have to buy a ton of them to keep everything organized.
     
  9. Mar 25, 2012 at 11:21 AM
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    go to Sears in the tool section and check into the foam inserts that you can customize to fit all yur sockets ratchets and whatever else you dont want rolling aroung the drawer. I have a set in my roll away and it works great
     
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