|Project by TheDane||posted 05-02-2011 01:15 AM||5461 views||34 times favorited||18 comments|
I have been accumulating router bits (quite a few of them real premium bits), and needed a place to store them where they wouldn’t get dinged up, would be readily accessible, and would help cut the clutter in my shop.
This case was built from a plan published in the December 2003 edition of WOOD Magazine. The case is hard maple, with 1/2” plywood for the cabinet back and drawer bottoms.
The cabinet will hold up to 120 1/2” shank bits, and has two drawers to store accessories. I avoid using 1/4” shank bits as often as possible, but some jigs and projects require 1/4” bits, so I bought a couple of packs of Eagle America’s 1/2” to 1/4” Router Bit Storage Reducer Rings. The drawer lock router bit I used to build the drawers came from MLCS.
The case is 26 1/2” high, 22” wide, 8” deep (with the cleats), and weighs 43.5 lbs. It needed to be portable since we’ll be moving in the next year or so. The shop in my new home (wherever that winds up being) will have a French cleat system, so this cabinet was designed to hang on a 3/4” 45-degree cleat.
I deviated from WOOD’s plan on the door. Their plan called for 1/4” Plexiglas set in a cope-and-stick door frame with tenons only 1/4” thick and 3/8” deep. The door is 22 inches wide, and I just didn’t think the door would be strong enough with the weight of the Plexiglas. Instead, I used half-lap joints and pinned them with 1/4” red oak dowels. I used 1/8” acrylic, held in place by shop-made stop molding in 3/8” x 3/8” rabbet. The cabinet sides are pinned to the top, bottom, and shelf with 1/4” red oak dowels as well.
-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"