|Project by ADHDan||posted 08-28-2012 08:13 PM||6705 views||12 times favorited||5 comments|
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.