Router Bit Storage

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Project by jusfine posted 11-13-2012 03:04 AM 2718 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have two Jessem Router tables, always thought the space underneath the router was a waste, so this weekend I did something about it.

I built a baltic birch case to sit on the bottom of the stand (3/8” top and bottom w 1/2” sides), taking into account the amount the router lift would adjust vertically.

The drawers are 1/2” baltic birch with 1/4” bottoms.
4 1/2” deep, 22” wide and 20 1/2” deep, I used 100 lb Hettich full extension slides (overkill, but all I had here).

Attached some scrap pieces of Peruvian Walnut pieces to the drawer fronts to complete the drawers.
With the offcuts, I mortised a few holes to hold the extra inserts, wrenches, allen keys, etc.

To hold the case in place on the stand I fitted a hardwood piece between the legs and screwed it to each side. This way if I need to remove the case, I can just take out 2 screws on each side. Plus the screws on the wrench holders…

I did add the trim on the top to keep my pencil and tape handy, well, ok, I really added it because the 3/8” top was a bit too flimsy (should have used 1/2” ply) and since I knew I would lay something on it, decided to beef it up. Worked out well though…

Finished the exterior with a light coat of clear shellac, waxed the interior of the drawers.

Loaded up with some of my router bits.

About a dozen years ago, there was a local clearance on Delta Router bits. I bought a couple and when I saw some of the bottoms of the shanks were painted orange, they were made in Italy, and had the same cases as CMT, I went back and purchased a whole lot more….

The price was so good, they were cheaper than most throw-away bits, and now they are a lot closer to the router tables.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#1 posted 11-13-2012 03:10 AM

Really sweet set up Randy. Like to see storage type stuff. Nice looking router tables too.

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#2 posted 11-13-2012 03:45 AM

Agree on the space under tools on metal stands being wasted. You’ve come up with a very nice solution. Good job.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 11-13-2012 04:13 AM

Nice router bit storage.

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#4 posted 11-13-2012 04:36 AM

Nice work! I have the same router setup and was thinking something needs to be done with that wasted space.

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#5 posted 11-13-2012 04:36 AM


-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#6 posted 11-13-2012 04:53 AM


-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#7 posted 11-13-2012 03:26 PM

I especially like the framed “tray” for the tools. And the little pocket for inserts on the side, that’s Gold Star stuff in my book. Very inspirational, Randy.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#8 posted 11-13-2012 04:58 PM

Nice job!
I have the same type of stand (rockler) and was wracking my brain trying to figure out how to get some storage in there without making a cabinet. A few drawers at the bottom make sense! Thanks for the idea. :)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#9 posted 11-13-2012 05:50 PM

Thanks for your positive comments!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#10 posted 11-13-2012 06:08 PM

a pretty nice storage setup. I wish I was that organized.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#11 posted 11-14-2012 05:52 PM

I love it, that is all just where it is needed.
Wonderful setup.
Best thoughts,

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

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