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Old 11-09-2009, 11:26 AM   #1
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I've recently been outfitting a vintage, sort of condensed, tool box at my office. In doing so, I've been thinking a lot about socket organization. Typically, I've always...
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:32 AM   #2
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Craftsman from Sears seems to work well for me - I prefer Snap On tools, BUT, the Craftsman socket holders work well to HOLD Snap On Sockets!!
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:52 AM   #3
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I just reform them, if they do not hold. I use them for my working sockets, but the old ones, were kept in smaller portable tool boxes, with trays or slots for the sockets.
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:05 PM   #4
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The Craftsman ones seem to be the best rails.
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:14 PM   #5
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Craftsman has worked well for me.
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:15 PM   #6
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Of all things, I have a metal tool tray in the socket drawer that keeps a bunch of 1/2 and 3/8 stuff organized and in the front of the drawer. I have some deeps on a cheap steel (HF brand) snap holder, works OK. I'll have to try a Craftsman item.
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:23 PM   #7
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For a vintage look, how about metal trays? I don't know if or where you could buy them. It might require some custom fab work but I would bet that there are some talented guys here at GJ who could do it. Just a thought.
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:26 PM   #8
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+1 on C-man rails. Best performance for the money imo. I like being able to grab a whole rail and take it to the work area. No delicate plastic dohickies to break on it either.
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Old 11-09-2009, 01:14 PM   #9
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I like the magnetic ones the best I have both the stand up peg style and the red lay down style. For vintage look the tray style is probably what your looking for. I have a vintage set that the ratchet is attached to the trray and actually holds the sockets in place
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Old 11-09-2009, 02:40 PM   #10
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I have both the craftsman rails and the Harbor Freight rails and the only differences are C-man has a rubber/plasic handle and Harbor Freights are cheaper.

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Old 11-09-2009, 02:46 PM   #11
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I have both the craftsman rails and the Harbor Freight rails and the only differences are C-man has a rubber/plasic handle and Harbor Freights are cheaper.

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I just bought 6 sets of the 1/4",3/8",1/2" rail combos from HF, they were under $3 for each set IIRC and work great for all of my Craftsman sockets. The handle would be nice, but I like having the extra space and just pick them up by the sockets. (That doesn't sound right)
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Old 11-09-2009, 04:30 PM   #12
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I am actually thinking about making some socket holders out of scrap cherry and maple I saw at my uncles today, you can do them upside down in the holder which is lot less work, trace the socket, then use straight router bit, or can go upside right and , same process but also removing all the wood in the interior of it. I like this option, cheap and looks classy, but some might not like the wood appearance
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:37 PM   #13
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What if you were to make you own trays? Like the blue one posted, or just use it. I made something similar to it when I was living over seas. Except I J-B welded nuts to the tray (and bolts for deepwells), and put the appropriate socket on the nut/bolt. It held in place well. And looked pretty good too.
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:30 PM   #14
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+1 for the C-Mans
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Old 11-09-2009, 08:47 PM   #15
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i'll vote for the metal trays for a true vintage look. But if you want some metal rails, i have some craftsman ones from the 70's that i would probably part with. If you're interested send me a PM, and i'll snap some pics of them.
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Old 11-09-2009, 08:48 PM   #16
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If you want to maintain the vintage look of the older tools, you need to use beat up metal trays. Shiney rails won't cut it. You need something weathered and as vintage as the tools themselves. No bright colors either.
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Old 11-09-2009, 09:13 PM   #17
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Elroy doesn't know about the beat up look but metal trays and boxes have a lot more class than some damn strip. Besides that strips just plain suck.





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Old 11-09-2009, 09:30 PM   #18
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Look at this way, even Harbor Freight puts their sockets in metal trays. Cheap trays but metal none the less:

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Old 11-09-2009, 09:50 PM   #19
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i can never find socket holder i like....... so sad...
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Old 11-09-2009, 10:35 PM   #20
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I was looking at VIM tools Magrail on the truck today. They seem to work very well. They were kinda expensive was the big downside. Unfortunately I've heard they are foreign made. There's a video on their site if you want to see what I'm talking about. http://www.vimtools.com/home.asp
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