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01-25-2010 08:11 AM

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I’ve been spending some time in my new shop trying to get everything in order. I was just wondering how you guys and gals keep your drill bits organized. It seems like I not only have soooooo many different sizes of drill bits, but I’ve also got a million different types of bits. Like most folks in the trades, I’ve managed to acquire more than a few drill bits. I used to pick up different sets and when I would burn through the most commonly used bits, I would buy another set rather than just buy packs of the ones that I used the most. Now I’m stuck with more than a couple “large” cases of bits that are missing the same sizes.
I’m pretty sure that you know what I’m talking about….. A set of bosch bits in a case, a set of DeWalt bits in a case, a set of Skil bits in a case, a set of Ryobi bits in a case, a couple sets of forstner bits in a case, paddle bits in a case and on and on and on. Do most of you just keep them in their respective sets and let the cases clutter up the shop or is there any other solution?

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#1 posted 01-25-2010 08:19 AM

About half of mine are sitting in cases on a shelf, the other half are sitting in an organizer shelf I built. One of the projects on my To Do When Its Warm Enough To Work In The Garage list is to build a nice organized cabinet for everything (I’m planning a slightly modified version of the one in ShopNotes #84)

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#2 posted 01-25-2010 08:30 AM

I usually keep them in teh cases they came in, but I’m starting to just by bulk packs of teh common sizes. Seems like I always used to get sets at good enough price, it didn’t make much sense to by singles. I don’t remember seeing those bulk packs of 10 or so years ago.

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#3 posted 01-25-2010 08:45 AM

What if you put all the same size bits together, regardless of brand? Store them in a multi-drawer tiered organizer. This way the numerous bit boxes can be disposed of, saving space. If the bits are small or few, you can put a spacer in the drawer and lable eachs side (1/8”, 1/4”, etc.)

It is hard to throw good tools (even bits) out that you don’t use. Maybe we could have a tool swap! People looking for a certain size bit, or other tool can swap with those who have too many of that size and visa-versa. I use the 1/4” bit more than others and the 1/2” and 3/4” forstner bits are always getting used while the others just sit there. I wouldn’t want to break up the only set I have, but don’t want to buy another complete set to replace the over used ones.

BTW: I was drooling over the 270+ pc. bit set for sale from a catalogue and there’s no way I need that many bits but it sure looked like candy!

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#4 posted 01-25-2010 12:07 PM

I have different types of drills and also quite a few of the same type and size. My solution was to drill the rows of holes for each type and in columns for same sized ones. I keep this on a handy shelf next to the drillpress. I’ve used this for quite a few years now and I still like it.

A better solution would be to make up a block for each drill type in uniform sizes and keep them organized in a shallow box. If you had a removable or hinged lid on the box it would be more portable. You could make the box extra large to accommodate future new drills and just put some block blanks in the box to fill the space and to keep the other blocks from shifting around.

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#5 posted 01-25-2010 02:41 PM

every now and then ,
i go thru the drill drawer ,
and write down the missing sizes ,
and get them .
but like you ,
they just disappear sooner or later .
i guess buyng bulk sounds like a plan .

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