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Project by dbhost posted 154 days ago 1069 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I ended up with a set of the Harbor Freight “Warrior” BiMetal hole saws. The 14pc main set is made reasonably well, certainly not fantastic, but the price didn’t hurt too badly either. The large size saw cups however, while well made did not include any means to store them to protect them from other elements in the shop, and more importantly to protect you from running into those SHARP teeth. This box is poorly designed, and poorly made. I just whipped up an idea in my head and ran with it and the scrap I had on hand. Construction is just screwed butt joints, no glue or anything like that. From scrap sticks in my cutoff bit to finished project it was around 30 minutes if you don’t count the time I took running to Home Depot to get the catch for the lid…

It’s not pretty in the slightest, but as folks might have figured out by now, while I am no Tom Clark or Rod Kirby stop organization wise, I strive very hard to get, and keep my shop organized. And while this project is far from pretty, it does serve a function. Right now that is to house the saw cups. In the future, it is to annoy me enough to build a nicer one, maybe a box with enough storage for ALL the cups, arbors, and etc… for my hole saws..

My blogger writeup on this is at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com/2014/03/simple-box-for-cheap-bimetal-hole-saws.html

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com





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NormG

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#1 posted 154 days ago

Great idea, mine just sit in cabinet losely

-- Norman

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dbhost

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#2 posted 154 days ago

Function in this was far more important than form…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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bit101

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#3 posted 154 days ago

I like it.

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#4 posted 154 days ago

Definitly functional.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 154 days ago

That set looks as better than anything I have, which is mostly a motley group of hole saws set in a piece of 2×4, and some loose pieces sitting on it as well. I have built many small boxes using 1/4” ply, occasionally with a 1/2” bottom, and secured with brads and glue butt joints. They never seem to break or fail. When you look at a box made with 1/4” ply, you immediately get the impression that it will never last, but actually they seem to last forever.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 153 days ago

Actually, if I wasn’t saving my 1/2” ply, what little I have, for a storage / setup box for my HF Pocket Screw Jig, I would have made this box with that… I am not super happy about the thickness of this ply as it is REALLY chunky…

I am most likely to build a replacement for this box in the future. I have to build a box joint jig, and figure I can use a replacement box for this as a test piece to run the first samples off that box joint jig… Without a doubt change up the hinge as I hate these things. Probably go for a thinner piano hinge set into a rabbet so the lid sits flush.

About the only things I really like about this box beyond the fact it is functional is…

#1. The interior dimensions are dead on. #2. The threaded piece from the original shipping packaging works VERY well in this box. However for the replacement box, I will likely epoxy and screw the thread to the box instead of just screw it down, that way I don’t unthread from my screw when removing the cups…

I am not sure if I want to even look, but I am curious if the HF mandrel / drive pins work on other brand hole saws. The HF set only goes to 4.25”, and I would REALLY like a 6.25” hole saw. Might have to settle for a circle cutter for that though… I may at some point want to upgrade my dust collection ducting, and move most of it UP which means shop made brackets for 6” duct, meaning a 6.25” hole. I could also use a router for the job, or even a jig saw….

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#7 posted 153 days ago

Simple, Functional, Useful.. works for me. Kind of like the idea, my set of saws is in their original box and it takes up some space in the drawer.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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dbhost

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#8 posted 153 days ago

I would recommend if you have it, using thinner plywood for the box. And if your hole saws use a common thread, get a piece of threaded stock to use as a center spindle. My 14 PC set is in the OE box, but it doesn’t gobble up too much room. However a friend of mine has the big set of Milwaulkee hole saws and it is HUGE.They put them all side by side in the case…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Roger

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#9 posted 153 days ago

All nested together in one place. Nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Jim Bertelson

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#10 posted 152 days ago

I am betting that is a standard thread, and will fit other brands. It looks just like the ones I have purchased at Lowes and HD. I may have to do something similar. That sure would be a lot better than what I am using.

Hopefully will be done with work by 1400hrs today, and the rest of the weekend will be off….......

Later…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#11 posted 152 days ago

I am finishing up my 2nd 20 hour shift for this week. We had some major bad news take place with customer facing database servers that ended up having to involve the software vendor to get the issue straight. Undocumented features stink… But by 15:30 I will be off for the rest of the weekend. Right now is again, waiting on progress indicators so I just hope I can stay awake long enough…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#12 posted 151 days ago

I can manage 20 hours of work in a row on occasion, but it takes me at least a week to recover. Of course, I continue to work normal hours for much of the recovery time.

Got to see a few patients in the hospital this morning, but not much else on the agenda….......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 151 days ago

.........and…......undocumented features are not features, they are guaranteed trouble. I don’t program much these days, but when I do, I carefully document every routine, and include an extended description of the program design if it is the least bit complex. Otherwise, the code is essentially unmaintainable.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#14 posted 151 days ago

Similar here. I even document configuration files…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#15 posted 148 days ago

Thumbs Up

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