DIY Magnetic Socket Holder – If there’s one thing that sockets and socks have in common, it’s that for some reason they both always disappear. Because they are so small it makes them easy to lose, plus most boxes that they come in don’t keep them in their proper spots after initially opening it. One of the good things about them is that they are relatively cheap compared to other tools, which means you probably have multiple sets. To help you complete your sets, or keep your current set in one place we’ve put together a DIY magnet project that will keep them all in one, secure place.
Set of twist drill bits
(2) 1/2″ x 6” x 4’ board
Sandpaper (P60, P150)
Set of 1/2″ x 1/16” Adhesive Backed Neodymium Rare Earth Disc Magnets
Paint or Wood Finish/ Stain
Using your pencil, outline each of the sockets in descending order of size from largest to smallest on one of the boards.
Now, drill out the traced holes with your drill using the matching size twist drill bit to the socket. Make sure that you are drilling a hole all the way through the board.
Sand each hole with the P60 sandpaper to make holes slightly larger. Smooth out the holes after sanding with the P150 sandpaper.
Place the cut board directly on top of the uncut and using your pencil mark a dot in the center of each hole. This will allow us to know where to drill for each magnet.
Using a 1/2″ twist drill bit, drill a quarter of the way through your board (1/8″) where each of the dots is located.
Brush off any remaining dust and wood from your second board.
Remove paper on the backs of the disc magnets and place them adhesive side down into your second board.
Apply glue on top of the second board, making sure not get any on the magnets.
Line up your two boards on top of each other and hold or clamp till dry.
Add paint or wood finish to finished socket holder for aesthetic.
Because we are using high-strength neodymium rare earth magnets for this project, it means that your sockets won’t be going anywhere any time soon! After you finish the project, let us know how it turned out in the comments section!
3M Self Adhesive Round Magnet NdFeB N35 Ø 20 x 2mm