Router & shaper cutter storage/hardware storage

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Project by Todd Swartwood posted 11-05-2014 11:09 PM 2549 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For years I have had router bits in small cases here and there, making it difficult to put my hands on the one I wanted.
I always had the same trouble with my shaper cutters and cabinet hardware.
As I am getting older and my memory worse I decided it was time to make a storage spot for alot of these items.
The first picture is looking over my main bench towards my hardware storage cabinet on left with my tool cabinet beside. Photo’s 2&3 are of the router bit storage I have room for about 240 bits. The other picture shows my shaper cutter storage. It is a little harder to organize because of the many difference OD’s of the cutters. The racks just simply slide between spacers. The router bits are set in holes at a slight angle and about 1/64” larger than shanks.
The shaper cutters hang on 3/4” dowels for the most part, some of them are 1” dowels. Most of my cutters are bored at 1 -1 1/4”. I still have the center slide unused, I have considered using it for drill bits, or circular saw blades. I have not decided as of what I will use it for , but am leaning toward my large drill bits. If you have any ideas let me know.
The last picture is the bottom drawer it is my supply of euro style hinges.

This drawer is my air plumbing parts for both air hoses and pneumatic plumbing.

This drawer has all my taps and dies.

This drawer has all my driver tips and extensions and such.

This drawer has miscellaneous shaper and router parts.

Most of the last drawers are yet to be filled, I do have some ideas for the space but have not made any final decisions.

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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Scott Oldre

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#1 posted 11-06-2014 01:18 PM

That is a huge organizational effort. Looks great and I’m sure it’s nice to have everything have it’s own place. My stuff is all over the place.


-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#2 posted 11-06-2014 05:59 PM

Nice to be organized … Some day I will accomplish this task, been working on it for over 50 years now, I must be getting close …
One of my pet peeves is a dark dreary shop with nothing but dark raw wood cabinets … Yep, you resemble that.
I have had shops like that, and as I get older and the eyes get weaker, I have found that a lot of white paint reflects the light and makes the shop brighter … and it just brightens up my whole day.
I think I will plagiarize your driver bit storage, as mine are all in one box … (dig, dig, dig, maybe this one will work).
The sliding breadboard router bit storage is soooper doooper. What a great idea

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Todd Swartwood

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#3 posted 11-06-2014 10:18 PM

Thanks Scott, it is very nice to find the things I need in minutes instead of hours.

Mike, I think you are right I need some new paint, I’ll put that on my list of things to do.
My wife says finishing her Bakery comes first, then 3 more rental units. After that I can do what ever I want.

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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Todd Swartwood

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#4 posted 11-07-2014 02:04 PM

I forgot to add the drawer faces are yet to be complete, I will be using some American Chestnut cut over a hundred and twenty five years ago. I salvaged the lumber from a building a friend of mine bought and needed rid of.

Thanks again for looking , Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#5 posted 11-13-2014 03:03 PM

You are very organised like my father Mr Todd. I wish I could be as good.
Anyways one thing- the photos look rather underlit

-- shuja

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Todd Swartwood

258 posts in 1927 days

#6 posted 11-14-2014 09:04 PM

Hi Shuga,
I am a furniture builder not a photographer. But I am trying to get better with the photos.
I’ll try harder with my next post. And yes I can not stand when I can not find things.
Thanks for your input, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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