Router Bit Box

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Project by ADHDan posted 08-28-2012 08:13 PM 8169 views 12 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this box to organize my router bits. I had one boxed set of 1/4” bits, one boxed set of 1/2” bits, and a bunch of random bits that I bought as one-offs here and there. The box has a few features that I think are pretty cool:

(1) I built it to hold three sections: the insert from my 1/4” bit set box, the insert from my 1/2” bit set box, and a custom insert for my one-offs. By reusing the inserts from my sets, I saved a ton of time and hassle.

(2) The custom insert is comprised of two sections. The top is hardboard, but it is screwed onto a hardwood base insert. This means that, as the hardboard gets dinged up, I can just unscrew it and replace it without having to cut a new base.

(3) Although the bit slots in the hardboard are 1/4” and 1/2”, the hardwood base insert actually has larger holes that I filled in with “grippy” rubber tubing (some with 1/4” inner diameter, some with 1/2” inner diameter). The tubing grips the bit nicely so they don’t rattle around or fall out. And since the hardboard holes are smaller than the tubing outer diameter, the tubing doesn’t pull out when I pull the bits out – it locks up against the hardboard.

(4) I can modify the insert as needed to hold other accessories. I drilled holes and added pegs for storing bearings and hex wrenches for guided bits, I can add some more pegs to hold extra collets (I have two routers with 1/4 and 1/2 inch collets), and I may try to consolidate and add some slots for wrenches, etc.

(5) It fits perfectly into the makeshift drawer space in my crappy homemade workbench :-).

The box itself is nothing special, just a bunch of scrap 1/2” veneered plywood with double-rabbet joinery. But it looks nice, it’s highly functional, and it keeps sawdust off my router bits.

(The last picture is from a “prototype” insert, not the actual insert used in this box. But it shows the general design.)

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#1 posted 08-28-2012 09:55 PM

not sure what I am more envious of… the box, or that collection of bits. :-D

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#2 posted 08-29-2012 12:15 AM

Nice, I have had a project like this on my “shop to-do list” for quite some time. Thanks for the ideas & inspiration!

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#3 posted 08-29-2012 02:25 PM

Glad you guys like it! The two-level custom insert with rubber grips definitely has been helpful; I can toss the box in my car and not worry about bits sliding out and knocking against each other.

The bit collection is mostly gifts – the 1/4” set were a Christmas gift, the 1/2” set and the spiral upcut set were birthday gifts. But I pick up one-offs at Rockler whenever they go on sale; every few months Rockler sells a bunch of standard bits at around 60-70% off.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#4 posted 08-29-2012 03:09 PM

I agree with Von.
Nice box… Nice collection.

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#5 posted 08-29-2012 03:55 PM

Excellent way to keep them all in order….. easy to transport if needed….. Good Job…

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