Router Bit Box (my first box)

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Project by paulcanbuildthat posted 06-21-2013 03:13 PM 1937 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a box for my growing collection of router bits. I have been steadily amassing router bits so I purchased a foam bit “tray” from Rockler. The tray holds a selection of 1/4” and 1/2” shank bits. I thought “someday” I would build a simple box to hold that tray and in the meantime, it would be a good holder for the bits.

Someday finally arrived and I decided to try my hand at my first “box”. This one was made from maple scrap for the sides, a small piece of 1/2” plywood for the top and 1/4” plywood for the bottom. Both the top and bottom were held in dadoes in the sides of the box before the sides were glued together. This was my first try at finger joints as well (using my Incra Fence on the router table).

It was a fun (and useful) little project, but I need more practice with boxes (you can see my blog for the comedy of errors with this box), so I have two more going on my bench now, another one with maple and one with oak. Practice makes perfect, right?

-- Paul, amateur woodworker,

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#1 posted 06-21-2013 03:58 PM

Looks good! I think boxes are under-rated and can be challenging. Always need room for bits.


-- cut it twice and it's still too short...

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#2 posted 06-21-2013 04:08 PM

Mighty fine Paul… Sure it will serve you well… Checked out your site and really like the layout… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#3 posted 06-21-2013 10:48 PM

Nice job! I’ll think I’ll make one of these for some random things.

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

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#4 posted 06-22-2013 12:10 AM

Very nice box…well made, clean lines and still room left for more router bits….:)

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#5 posted 06-22-2013 02:40 AM

Nice box. I need to find a better storage solution for my router bits.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 06-22-2013 03:15 AM

A nice looking box, but a word of warning. The foam pad will trap moisture and you will end up with rust on the shanks of your router bits. Find some of the bags of silica jell used to absorb moisture in packages to put inside the box.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#7 posted 06-22-2013 03:59 AM

Great box, nice work.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 06-24-2013 01:25 PM

Thanks for the kind words…

Bearpaw, thanks for the warning and I’ll keep an eye on it. However, I’m in Colorado and we don’t really get rust here. One of the benefits of being a dry climate. :)


-- Paul, amateur woodworker,

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#9 posted 06-25-2013 02:25 PM

Beautiful and well made box! A great storage for the bits and there’s more space for more. Great work!

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#10 posted 06-25-2013 02:48 PM

Nice box, Paul. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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