Socket set toolbox

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Project by rilanda posted 07-24-2012 06:37 PM 3376 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made in 2006 for a very good friend. He is an engineer and had bought a very expensive socket set but over a short period of time the PLASTIC tool “box” had collapsed with broken hinges and clasp, he brought this monstrosity to me to see if I could repair it. It was not possible to make an effective repair but I made a temporary repair and while the sockets were in my possession took all the necessary details of the sockets and driver bits in preparation to make a replacement box for him without his knowledge. A couple of weeks late after convincing him to bring in the sockets for another inspection I presented him with the above tool box. Made in American white Oak the box had to contain 18 long driver bits, 18 short driver bits and two square drive sockets. The box was designed with the short bit and long bit kept on the same spindle, each spindle could be tilted up to allow easy extraction of the long bit, by pressure being applied on the short bit. All the spindles were suspended on a single 3 mm diameter brass rod to provide the pivot centre. The two sockets are held in drilled socket positions at each end of the box. The size and type of each driver was shown on an indicator panel at the end of each driver position. the inside of the box lid was fitted with a 6mm thick soft foam pad the kept the drivers in place when the lid was shut and the box was in transit. The top of the box was incised with the owners initials that were filled with a hard black wax before the box was finished with 1 coat cellulose sander sealer and 3 coats melamine lacquer.
photo 1:- complete box with lid open shows foam pad the indicator panel. 2:- Closed box 3:- shows the spindle tilt to allow easy withdrawal of the long driver bit. 4:- open box 5:- top of the box showing carved initials.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#1 posted 07-24-2012 07:47 PM

very nice. A bit overkill, but very nice indeed!

And to think, I keep mine in a bin

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#2 posted 07-24-2012 08:55 PM

Some could never imagine how much these tools probably cost. I am sure your Engineer friend loved it and I really like the spindle set up you did. How did you do the numbers? Very nice work…...

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#3 posted 07-24-2012 09:29 PM

Very Nice !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#4 posted 07-24-2012 11:32 PM

Overkill??? YES, but well worth the work put into it. My cousin is an Engineer and I’m sure he would love his tools displayed in this manner. VERY NICE!


-- John

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Tom Godfrey

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#5 posted 07-25-2012 01:17 AM

Nice and its something I have been thinking of for some time now. Don’t plan on anything that fancy but do want to make a box something like you have for not only my sockets but a box for my lathe chuck, and a host of other things.
I for one am getting tired of looking for things I know I have and cant find. My idea is to have a place for every thing i own and that’s a lot. Fifty years of buying you end up with a lot.
Keep up the great work. I haven’t seen a project yet that you have made that has disappointed me in any way.
Have a great day, and week.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#6 posted 07-25-2012 07:36 AM

Who wouldn’t be thrilled when presented with a box like that? Interesting design and flawless execution as always.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#7 posted 07-25-2012 10:19 AM

BILL, YOU ARE MY KIND OF FRIEND!!! I would be very grateful as I’m sure your friend was to receive a gift like this. With the price of quality tools like this you do anything to protect them.

When you say incised the initials, do you mean carve? I don’t follow how you then only got the blck wax on just the initials. ROOKIE HERE!!

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#8 posted 07-25-2012 01:18 PM


-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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Ethan Harris

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#9 posted 07-25-2012 02:49 PM

Great craftmanship and attention to detail!

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#10 posted 07-25-2012 03:38 PM


Now, please make me a bunch of these to fit all my tools… :-)

-- Without the wood, it's just working

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#11 posted 07-25-2012 06:45 PM

That’s awesome!

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#12 posted 07-25-2012 10:38 PM

fine tools and precision tools deserve some fine storage box like that!
like in the good old times

nowadays, only plastic box storage to broke in the first use, or just one plastic bag, or no box at all !

I am just another woodworker thinking about make some like that to myself
just need time to do
but if I do some, I wanna with rare earth magnets inside to keep all things locked in the right places

really nice work

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#13 posted 11-03-2012 10:53 AM

Very nice! I’m a big fan of tool boxes that work to keep things easy to access and in order. What you have here is that plus a work of true art! Thanks for the inspiration! Wonderful.

-- -T

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#14 posted 08-29-2013 07:55 PM

terrific box Bill.

-- Back home. Fernando

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