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Socket Drawer Magnetic Organizer


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This custom socket drawer was made to solve a very unique problem, how to fit 229 Husky sockets (from the 432 Pc Husky Mechanics tool set) into the 41" Husky tool box's wide drawer. The socket sets exceeded most standard socket organizer's range, especially with regards to the 3/8" drive metric set so the magnetic base was conceived to keep each set intact an in a single row. The idea is simple, and applicable to any socket set and tool box with minor changes. I started with a 2'x4' - 3/4" MDF sheet and cut it to fit the drawer using my Ryobi Table Saw. Once the MDF was cut I planned out where each socket set should be, and the length of each set so that 3/4" grooves could be routed out to for the craft magnets. After each groove was routed, the craft magnets where inserted and glued down. Once all the magnets where in place spray glue was used to secure drawer liner material to the top of the project. The drawer liner was trimmed with a box cutter, and the project was ready for sockets. I took a photo of all the sockets on the organizer before it went into the drawer so that the project could be seen at an angle, however due to the weight fully loaded I would recommend to lower the board in place before placing all the sockets on it. I rated the project as intermediate due to the use of a router and table saw.

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  • Thanks for the comments!!! Jeff - It means a great deal to have a double winner like my somewhat simple project!!! I loved your wooden RAT ROD soap box car. I think this Ryobi site makes for a great excuse to get out and make things instead of buying them, I plan on making my kids B Day gifts this year, and projects like your RAT ROD inspire me.
    By mar242, on January 12, 2015

  • When you were explaining this to me, I didn't expect it to turn out this nice. You did an awesome job! Such a great idea!
    By Starlett, on January 12, 2015

  • Thanks for sending me to this link Mike, cool site! I think I need to start uploading me home projects :)
    By Lori26, on January 15, 2015

  • Nice jod son.
    By Gropchak, on January 16, 2015


  • very nice,and well thought out.
    By hot1958, on April 10, 2016

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Socket Drawer Magnetic Organizer

by mar242
Jan 11, 2015

This custom socket drawer was made to solve a very unique problem, how to fit 229 Husky sockets (from the 432 Pc Husky Mechanics tool set) into the 41" Husky tool box's wide drawer. The socket sets exceeded most standard socket organizer's range, especially with regards to the 3/8" drive metric set so the magnetic base was conceived to keep each set intact an in a single row. The idea is simple, and applicable to any socket set and tool box with minor changes. I started with a 2'x4' - 3/4" MDF sheet and cut it to fit the drawer using my Ryobi Table Saw. Once the MDF was cut I planned out where each socket set should be, and the length of each set so that 3/4" grooves could be routed out to for the craft magnets. After each groove was routed, the craft magnets where inserted and glued down. Once all the magnets where in place spray glue was used to secure drawer liner material to the top of the project. The drawer liner was trimmed with a box cutter, and the project was ready for sockets. I took a photo of all the sockets on the organizer before it went into the drawer so that the project could be seen at an angle, however due to the weight fully loaded I would recommend to lower the board in place before placing all the sockets on it. I rated the project as intermediate due to the use of a router and table saw.