Drill bit storage cabinet

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Project by Ripthorn posted 09-22-2010 04:19 AM 7748 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently realized that I have a lot of stuff for my drill press and nowhere to keep it all organized. I had my twist bits on top of my box of forstner bits, spade bits and unibits across the shop, masonry bits scattered where ever I last put them to be out of the way, etc. So I decided I wanted a single unit that would store all my bits, my drill press planer, my sanding drums and sleeves, the whole 9 yards. This cabinet measures 24”x24”. The door is just shy of 2” deep and the main compartment is 5” deep. The entire thing is made out of scrap material except for the 1×8 for the outer frame.

To make it, I made a sealed box first, insetting the back panel, but not the front. I split the box open on the table saw and put on the hinges. The tilt out shelves use a bit of 1/4” dowel as the pin mounted in a hole in the frame and I used drill bits and a chisel to make a keyhole shaped cutout in one end and an L shaped cutout in the other for each shelf. This way, the tilt outs are only about 1/16” – 1/8” shorter than the inside opening. In the door I have the tilt outs for hex shank items (plug cutters, spade bits, unibits, etc.) as well as small forstners (1 1/4” and smaller or thereabouts).

In the main compartment, I have two shelves on top for storing sanding drums and accessories along with the drill press planer (great item, by the way). Under those shelves there are tilt outs for the forstners two rows deep with the larger bits in the back. I made stops so that they only tilt out the right amount (in the door, I just have the bottom of the tilt out hit the panel at the right angle). I tried to space the forstners pretty close together and ended up with lots of extra space in the front row for whatever. Finally, the bottom is for storing twist bits. I kind of like the metal case they came in, so they sit down there comfortably and there is enough room for the brad point set like that that I will get.

I made a couple small accessories for the thing as well. The sanding drums are mounted in a scrap of 2×4 that sits on the shelf. Also, I used my core box bits to route holders for things like long bits that I don’t want to stand up vertically.

I really dig all the storage. There is plenty of room to expand and it only required about $8 and 3-4 hours.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#1 posted 09-22-2010 04:44 AM

Awesome!!, I sure could use one of these. looks like you’re missing saw hole set ;-)

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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#2 posted 09-22-2010 11:35 AM

Great storage for all your bits well done!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 09-22-2010 11:57 AM

Good project. I need to do something like this too. So many bits in so many places. Thanks for the nudge.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 09-22-2010 12:15 PM

Really nice.
I have to get there also, I have two drawers full of drill stuff…
Thank you for the insiration,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 09-22-2010 01:51 PM

Very good it does offer a lot of inspiration now if I just had the space. One day one day.

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#6 posted 09-22-2010 11:26 PM

Simple and effective, great project.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 09-23-2010 01:53 AM

Wow! You’re organized now.

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#8 posted 09-25-2010 03:54 PM

Nice job, this is what I need. I know how you feel, bits here, bits there, bits everywhere, always except where you need them. Again great job.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#9 posted 03-26-2015 11:06 AM

Making a sealed box first! Good technic
I should have tried that with my tool box
Nice job!

-- shuja

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