Drill Press Column Attached Bit Tray/Caddy

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Project by AdrianM posted 01-12-2016 05:06 PM 2127 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was tired of hunting in drill indexes in my box for one bit.

It was taking too long so I made this caddy to hold my most used bits.

The base is a 1.375 thick piece of white oak. Trim is walnut.

I drilled for the column with a hole saw then split it on the band saw and tapped the wood with a 3/8 tap for the bolts.

I used a little cyanoacrylate to strengthened the threads because it was end grain then tapped again.

Its actually more solid then I expected.

I also quickly did the little stand for the brad point bits which came in a poorly made index box. Now I can see the size without moving things around. If I find time I am going to redo the stand better.

I just made a better version of the stand for the Brad point drills.

What do you think?

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#1 posted 01-12-2016 09:38 PM

I have never had a problem tapping wood. It works well , but not for endgrain.
Endgrain is horrible at holding anything with strength. I hope you put a dowel in across the grain, so you have long grain for the threads.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 01-12-2016 09:47 PM

I agree endgrain tapping is not ideal but the crazy glue trick works well. The key is to let it set up then chase with the tap again. The glue fills up all the gaps. Even works in mdf which holds nothing. Also there is over 1 Inch of thread contact in the white oak which make a big difference.

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#3 posted 01-12-2016 11:19 PM

yes, I understand, I have worked with c/a since 84. The thing is you have gravity, vibration, gavity, vibration..
Hope you get my meaning. That’s a lot of weight , vibration and gravity.

When doing something like that, I would use a cross dowel. Either wood, or even aluminum… If it starts getting loose at all, consider an aluminum dowel for the repair, as it will be too late for a wood cross dowel.

Good luck, it certainly looks good.

-- Jeff NJ

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#4 posted 01-12-2016 11:28 PM

Thanks for suggestions. I did not really consider vibrations long term.

In think if breaks im going to try to make it out of steel. Cheers

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#5 posted 01-13-2016 02:49 AM

Nice shelf it should last a while.

If not, maybe use threaded inserts :)

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#6 posted 01-13-2016 05:26 PM

It’s very handy and nicely done. It will be great for your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 01-13-2016 05:39 PM

Great idea! Turned out nice. I may have to do something like this…

-- "Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Gil Bailie

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#8 posted 01-14-2016 12:44 AM

That is a great idea! I too get frustrated hunting for bits so I threw up a cheap bar magnet to hold them all near my drill press which has worked out pretty good so far. But love this idea.

-- Nathan

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#9 posted 01-14-2016 04:52 AM

Nice. I built a column tray a couple years ago but mine attaches slightly differently. Good job.


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