Case for my Bradpoint Bits

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 10-29-2014 01:19 AM 1871 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Legebla ankaĆ­ en Esperanto]

About a year ago I bought a set of bradpoint bits. I’ve used them from time to time, but I’ve been just leaving them on my drill press table in no particular order. Today I decided to do a little project and make a case for them. I used some scrap wood I had laying around the shop.

To start I made dadoes on my table saw to create grooves for the bits. (I do not own a dado blade, so I did it the old fashioned way 1/8 inch at a time.) Then I cut the angle on the top and used my router table to remove some of the dividers so that I can get my fingers in there to grab a bit. I glued on a few appropriate pieces of wood on the top and bottom and sanded the piece. I made the top from another piece of wood and attached it with two small hinges. I finished it with linseed oil.

I’m happy with it, but really it’s sort of backwards. The hinges should be on the opposite side for it to open naturally like a book. Ah well, I’ll need to make something for my masonry bits eventually. I’ll do it right then.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 10-29-2014 01:25 AM

Nice case for the bits. Not sure what you are concerned about with hinge placement, looks perfectly fine to me.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 10-29-2014 01:54 AM

Oldtool, For me personally it’s not a problem, but typically people open hinged cases like a book, so the bits should be on the right hand side and the lid open to the left. My dad had a socket set in a metal case. It looked almost the same bottom side up as top side up. After he opened the case the wrong way a few times, he put a label on the top side so he could tell the difference.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 10-29-2014 04:14 AM


Very clever – I recently purchased a set of longer bits & it’s still in the original packaging like you have in the last photo.

Thanks for the idea.

Bill in MI

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#4 posted 10-29-2014 07:25 AM

I like the idea, can’t say I have ever seen one done before. Good Job.

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

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#5 posted 10-29-2014 12:03 PM

Great idea and nice job. Congratulations.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#6 posted 10-29-2014 12:48 PM

Cool project and a great little carry case!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 10-29-2014 01:48 PM

Great idea,
I usually just drill holes in a pc of wood using the next biggest bit for each bit. End up throwing the last bit away because I haven’t figured out how to get the last bit in. :)

Good job!

-- Because I'm gone, that's why!

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#8 posted 10-29-2014 04:31 PM

Nice build Dave. I have been putting off making a similar setup. Suppose I should get to it rather than cursing the manufacturer for providing cases for their cheap bullet point bits but not for the bits that could use some protection.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#9 posted 10-29-2014 09:07 PM

Bureaucrat, It’s definitely worth doing, even to just get them off the bench.

Everyone, I’ve just been notified that this project made the Daily Top 3. Thanks to everyone for the views, comments and favoriting that made that happen.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#10 posted 10-30-2014 12:31 AM

Very fancy! Makes my 2×4 with the holes in it look pretty shabby!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 11-04-2014 01:40 AM

Thanks for this idea. I’m trying to bide my time while I wait for spinal surgery, so I’m working on things where i don’t mind if it doesn’t come out perfectly. I took your idea, took some scrap, substituted three more magnets for the hinges, and, voila a simple case for the Fisch brad point bits I just bought that came without a case. Thanks.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#12 posted 11-04-2014 02:07 AM

CharlesA, Wow! Imitation is the best compliment. That looks very good. I hope your surgery goes well and you have a rapid recovery.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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