What happens when you have 20 minutes, scrap wood, and a mess of drilling and routing stuff.

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What happens when you have 20 minutes, scrap wood, and a mess of drilling and routing stuff.
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Simple, cut scrap plywood, cut 2×4 to match, drill stopped holes in 2×4 to keep bits from falling through, drill holes to match ply and 2×4 to join the 2, drill some holes for wall mounting hardware, mount it up, and load it up. It’s quick, ugly easy, free, and most importantly, effective.

Now there was a bit more thought that than into this, but not much. I have spaces for 24 1/2” shank drill bits, 12 1/4” shank bits, a dedicated section for counter sinks, and the drilling countersinks, as well as storage for all of my spade bits even though most of them are junk and should have been thrown out 10 years ago…

I know, I just felt bad about not posting any new projects, I have been so tied up with shop projects and things for Christmas that shall not be revealed until then, that I wanted to put SOMETHING up as a project!

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#1 posted 11-30-2010 06:43 AM

Love this something; can’t wait to see the other things!

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#2 posted 11-30-2010 07:27 AM

I LOVE your signature line!

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#3 posted 11-30-2010 07:42 AM

I love simple remedies to tough issues. Nice job and thanks for reminding us

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 11-30-2010 07:57 AM

Love it…........use the scraps…...make something useful!!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#5 posted 11-30-2010 08:06 AM

I never really realized how much of a patina SYP scraps get after sitting in the attic for years after a completed project and lazy cleanup… Drilling those holes is a striking contrast to the exposed wood for sure!

I was almost embarassed to post this because it was so simple, but that was kind of the whole point of it. I guess I could have cut the 2×4 at an angle to present the bits at a better angle, but this prevents any slippage, and I could have routed some detail onto the edges, but why? The only decorative feature is something nobody has caught on so far. The backer board of plywood is exactly 24” wide, the 2×4 is 23-7/8” wide, there is a reveal of 1/16” on either side, which was fully intentional on my part to give it a little bit of interest… (and no I am not trying to hide a mistake, nobody even noticed it…).

More than a few of my projects can be considered overly simple, this is one of them… I see a need, knock something together to solve a problem, and move on. If I want to make something prettier later on, I do. And I might here. But I kind of doubt it…

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#6 posted 11-30-2010 03:15 PM

This post is ‘GOLD” DB !!
because it’s stuff likes this that motivates me, to make useful things likes this, instead of putting up with the frustration of flicking thru my “Lazy Tray of Bit’s
with other bit’s that are not bit’s !!! if you know what i meen !!!
Fantastic Post mate , thanks for the inspiration !!

-- Think,Dream,Inspire,Create ! your Shed is waiting for You !

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#7 posted 11-30-2010 03:17 PM

WTG! Good use of time and extra wood!

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#8 posted 11-30-2010 05:21 PM

I still have a couple things like that around, that I threw together in twenty minutes or less. I have my plug cutters and combo-bits that drill a hole and countersink simultaneously in a simple block of wood, about 20 years old. I have slowly gotten rid of them, however, and replaced them with something better, if you remember my tote blogs. I got pretty well organized in the eighties, during my heavy DIY days. I used to have my spade bits in a block of wood, but I don’t use them much anymore, so I retired them and the block of wood. I got a new Irwin set a few months back, and I keep them in a clear plastic tube that stands upright. I will put them in a holder sooner or later.

Re spade bits, I figured out a good use for them. If you have to bore a hole with a forstner bit, and can’t use your drill press, (I don’t know about you, but I find using forstners without the drill press a tough proposition) I drill down just the height of the sides of the forstner, you know, 1/2 inch or less, and that gives the smooth entry hole you want. Then I convert to the Irwin spade bit of the same size (the new Irwins have points at the edges) and finish off the hole very rapidly, and it looks like you did the complete hole with a forstner…......slick…....much faster, much more accurate and just as smooth.

I did that with my project table top, which, by the way, gets used constantly for impromptu jigs and for holding pieces. That is one useful item.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 11-30-2010 05:41 PM

Good job and quick work but think of how much time it will save you.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 11-30-2010 10:11 PM

I’m sitting here reading this and thinking in the back of my mind about the drawer full of loose router and drill bits in my shop… know….the ones that don’t fit the set….the oddballs. Ut-oh….that’s got me thinking about the oddball chisels now. Well there goes the afternoon.

-- Evil can only thrive when good men do nothing.......E. Burke

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#11 posted 12-01-2010 04:40 PM

db, these are some of the best and most useful projects. It also once again reminds me that I really need to just take the 20 to 30 minutes and do something very similiar for all my drill bits I use on regular basis. Thanks for the reminder.
Have fun with those gifts, I too will be posting a fair amount soon.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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