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Router bit storage

by Diggerjacks
posted 10-24-2013 06:17 PM


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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#1 posted 10-24-2013 07:06 PM

I have a router table cabinet i built that has 4 drawers. I cut a piece of 3/4 ply to fit inside one of the drawers and drilled a bunch of 1/2” and 1/4” holes in it so I can insert the router bit shanks. Cheap, effective and can be made in any configuration needed.

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brtech

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#2 posted 10-24-2013 07:13 PM

I got tired of sifting through my bits I was keeping in the cases they arrived in. Grabbed a hunk of tubafore, drilled a pattern of 1/2 and 1/4 holes (actually used 1/32 larger bit), and stuffed them in. Doesn’t look like much, but it sure works well.

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#3 posted 10-24-2013 07:15 PM

This is the one I build. It came with the router and table combo package I bought a while back.

Disclaimer: This is a web image I found, its not the one in my shop. If I can find the plan I had from it ill scan it in and shoot it over. Its been a few years though.

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#4 posted 10-24-2013 08:26 PM

I built my version of Norm’s router table, which has 4 drawers for bits (in my version). The bottom of the bit drawers is MDF with 33/64” and 17/64” holes to hold the shanks.

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Bricofleur

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#5 posted 10-24-2013 08:29 PM

Hi Jack,

My ultimate solution would be, adjacent to my shop, a 10 sq. ft. room filled with predrilled wall shelves to store thousands of all kinds of router bits.

If I keep my two feet on earth, these are my best storage solutions so far (already posted here on LJ):

Router Bit and Guide Bushing Pullout Trays

Cheap Yet Very Effective Router Bit Storage Drawers

Good luck my friend,

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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NiteWalker

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#6 posted 10-24-2013 09:58 PM

I built two of these:

I keep one at the router table, the other at the workbench. Each has the router bits I use most at those locations. The shelf at the bottom is very useful for holding the wrenches and collets. All my extra/seldom used bits are in a wooden storage box I got from mlcs years back.

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#7 posted 10-25-2013 12:40 AM

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/61883

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#8 posted 10-25-2013 01:20 AM

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#9 posted 10-25-2013 01:28 AM

Mine are in an inexpensive rollaway drawer, shaft down, in a bunch of these:

http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=49890&cat=1,43326

They don’t need to be screwed down. I keep large, infrequently used, bits in a different drawer, in the manufacturers case or vinyl envelope.

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woodenwarrior

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#10 posted 10-25-2013 01:42 AM

@Tedstor, hehehehe, kinda looks like mine…

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oldnovice

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#11 posted 10-25-2013 07:09 AM

My ideal solution comes from the machine shop where my son works. A Stanley Vidmar cabinet with one or more drawers set aside for bits. Since I also buy milling cutters along with the standard router bits I would have each bit in its own compartment (so the cutting surfaces cannot make contact) with the size and shape identified on each compartment.

Like I said this is what I would like … can I afford it, probably not!
But what is life without a dream?

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TeamTurpin

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#12 posted 10-25-2013 01:31 PM

Custom, drop-down cabinet.

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

Here’s mine….

Click for details

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ADHDan

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#14 posted 10-25-2013 02:27 PM

You guys have way more bits than I do. My solution: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/70612.

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waho6o9

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#15 posted 10-25-2013 03:00 PM

This is from the FOG ( Festool Owners Group ) and it’s in a
systainer and quite secure.

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Diggerjacks

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#16 posted 10-25-2013 05:24 PM

Hello

Woaw !!!

A lot of very good solutions but I can’t choice one …

I want to have an evolutive router bit storage because I (and You I think) will buy another news router bits and another and …

Thanks for all your solutions

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Todd

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#17 posted 10-25-2013 07:07 PM

I think I’m going to make a couple of stackable trays for my router table drawers. My haphazard organization is driving me crazy!

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Bricofleur

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#18 posted 10-25-2013 07:56 PM

Jack, since you’re a woodturner, I suggest you turn a colomn about 15cm in diameter that would sit on a Lazy Susan hardware and on which you would drill holes all around and up and down to store your current and future router bits. Depending on the length of your column, a huge amount of bits could be stored and easy to find. Such storage unit won’t take much place in your shop. Just a thought !

Best,

Serge

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bondogaposis

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#19 posted 10-25-2013 11:58 PM

This is my solution, I have 3 drawers in my router table 2 of them are dedicated to router bits, one for 1/2” shank bits and the other for 1/4” shank bits. Each bit is fitted into 2” x 2” block of 3/4” MDF. I can move and rearrange at will, it is all very modular.

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Roger

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#20 posted 10-28-2013 02:18 AM

Some gr8 ideas and solutions here.

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kizerpea

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#21 posted 10-28-2013 12:05 PM

how is this

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Diggerjacks

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#22 posted 10-28-2013 05:43 PM

Hello

Thanks to all for yours pictures and ideas.

In the future days I will try to draw a project ….

Thanks to all

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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oldnovice

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#23 posted 10-28-2013 07:22 PM

A long time ago, 35+ years ago I submitted a patent disclosure to my employer (Honeywell) at the time for a collet, similar to a router collet that could me molded or turned out of almost any material with an O-ring to hold the collet closed. Obviously the patent was never executed, typical of Honeywell at that time, so it is now public for any one to use/make/sell.

Because the collet was held closed with the O-ring sliding a bit in/out, cleaned the shank.

If anyone is interested I can post an image and dimensions in this forum!

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TheDane

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#24 posted 10-28-2013 07:32 PM

I built this cabinet a couple of years ago … hangs on a French cleat right above my router table.

Click for details

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Diggerjacks

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#25 posted 10-31-2013 06:35 PM

Hello TheDane

Another very great solution

To oldnovice : Yes I want to see the picture

Thanks looking

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#26 posted 10-31-2013 11:11 PM

Here’s a pic of mine; earlier I posted a diagram from the book I got it from. If you subscribe to shopnotes or woodsmith, it’s in the book that comes with your first issue, The Complete Small Shop. Note that you get the first issue and book free before they ask you to pay for the subscription, but they’re worth it.

It’s super easy to make; I’m making another in a few days.

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#27 posted 10-31-2013 11:20 PM

Tedstor: Everyone knows you need at least a size 8 shoe box.

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#28 posted 11-03-2013 11:11 AM

Thedane,bluekingfisher an I used the plan in wood magazine..i just changed it a little for my needs..check our projects.

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mariva57

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#29 posted 12-02-2013 09:05 PM

This is my project for the storage of router bits.

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oldnovice

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#30 posted 12-02-2013 10:21 PM

Below are two models of a router storage collet I proposed as patentable to one of my former employers about 25 years ago. They said nice but never applied for the patent so if anyone wants to use this FEEL FREE!

The collet is made out of any suitable material, i.e. plastic, wood, cream cheese (just kidding)
The bit is held securely by an O-ring around the perimeter of the collet.

It has a thread opening on the bottom to mount in T track or whatever!
Obviously a 1/4” one and 1/2” one would serve most router bits!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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pintodeluxe

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#31 posted 12-02-2013 10:55 PM

Router bit storage is only “ultimate” if you have been reading Woodsmith Shop magazine. For them, everything is “ultimate” or “rock solid.”
For me, a slab of fir with holes drilled in it works fine.

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oldnovice

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#32 posted 12-03-2013 01:34 AM

pintodeluxe, I know I posted those models in #30 but I do not have the tooling required to make enough of those for my bits so mine bits are stored in a piece of maple, right now too small, to hold all my bits.

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#33 posted 12-05-2013 06:30 PM

Hello

Thanks to all for all your pictures and projects

In 2014 I will make mine with all the ideas

Thanks

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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