|Project by TimberMagic||posted 03-31-2015 12:16 AM||3405 views||7 times favorited||10 comments|
This drill bit storage tote is nothing fancy, I made it from scrap hardwood-veneered MDF. And it is not an original design. I saw it awhile back in one of my woodworking magazines. I am just not sure which one. But I didn’t really lay it out per any design dimensions in the article.
The inspiration came from having a huge set of bits from Harbor Freight, packaged in a really poorly manufactured metal case which didn’t close all that well. Their bits aren’t too bad, but the packaging is really marginal.
I got tired of flipping up the 6 metal racks in the metal case that held the bits. This set had 3 racks of Imperial fractional bits (1/16” to 1/2”), and 3 racks of lettered bits (A to Z). Those are the only ones I wanted in the tote. The lid of the enclosure had a long rack containing small numbered bits (#1 to #60). I just keep this rack in my drill press cabinet, for their occasional use.
Since sets like this can vary, I laid out the 3 racks to determine overall tote size, plus size for the partitions, and the front cover. Each side was done independently to make sure each rack fit well. Finally, a slot was cut into the main piece to make a carry handle.
I can use the storage tote at my drill press, or carry to a workbench to use with a hand drill.