Help I need a good router bit storage system(got photos ?)

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Forum topic by a1Jim posted 10-01-2016 03:20 PM 3008 views 0 times favorited 57 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-01-2016 03:20 PM

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Hi gang
I have this problem ,I know a lot of you would like to have ,too many tools for the space I have. Being a tool hoarder I seem to acquire tools and have to find a place to put them.The tool storage problem of the day is where to put my router bits I’m guessing 250-300 of them. I’ve searched Ljs ,google,google images,Pinterest and other sites but none of the storage solutions seem to fit,yes I have drawers in my router table but their over flowing. yes I’ve seen great floor units but I don’t have floor space,yes I’ve seen wall mounted units with french cleat systems but wall space is mostly used up too I’ve seen the foam rubber squares and I might be able to incorporate them into the equation given I can’t see myself standing at the drill press drilling 300 holes if I don’t have to. The best guess as to where to put some kind of storage is some kind of unit that connects to my shelf that hangs out from the wall and is approximately 20” deep perhaps a swing down unit. I know there a lot of you far more creative than myself so if you have a unit that might work please post a photo, Lastly, I know some of the ultimate pros out there just chuck their router bits in a giant tool box (SORRY JUST CAN’T DO THAT) and of course there’s going to be a certain group that will say send some of the router bits to you(remember I’m a tool hoarder and you know how often hoarders get rid of things(NEVER) thanks for your help I’m looking forward to your great ideas

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#1 posted 10-01-2016 03:32 PM

Outer box flips and covers inside for storage.


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#2 posted 10-01-2016 03:33 PM

Jim, the holes in peg board are 1/4 you could cut down the peg board its sliding out trays for some of the bits, that would cut down on drilling some of the holes :-)

I took, 1/2 Russian birch plywood and drilled, both 1/4” and 1/2” holes, and then dado-ed slots in my rolling router cart for the trays to slid into. I went ahead and cut extra trays also, since you can never have too many router bits.

Every time I buy something with the desiccant bags inside I save then and drop them between the bits to help keep the humidity down.

I’ll try to get a picture of the cart and post it.

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#3 posted 10-01-2016 03:37 PM

Good ideas Mark and James I appreciate photos too.

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#4 posted 10-01-2016 04:23 PM

I don’t have a great idea, but if you wind up having to drill holes, you could stack 6 half inch boards and only have to drill 50 holes :-)

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#5 posted 10-01-2016 04:28 PM

Jim I don’t use them very often but I have mine in a large tool box and stuck in foam kind of like marks. The most used are on the top tray and the rest are below along with all the router tools guides guards wrenchs brushes bolts well you get the point.

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#6 posted 10-01-2016 05:40 PM

Makes sense Jerry thanks for the tip,thanks for the input Lloyd.

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#7 posted 10-01-2016 07:05 PM

Jim, keep it simple, get some Styrofoam, or even floral foam ( softer) and stick them in it, and be done, then again, Im not polite and I dont worry too much how my shops looks, I like function. I am however quite particular about what comes out of my shop,

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#8 posted 10-01-2016 07:09 PM

If you don’t have floor or wall space then where will you put them? Knowing that will help narrow down a solution.


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#9 posted 10-01-2016 07:19 PM

Thanks Charles I know you’re particular about what goes out the door all of your work is in amazing ,as far as how my shop looks goes it’s not that big of issue with me but were to keep all the stuff I have where it’s not sitting on top of equipment or benches and I can find what I need without digging all around the shop. The styrofoam will work but I’m still trying to find where to put the styrofoam. thanks for your help

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#10 posted 10-01-2016 07:21 PM

Yep that’s the problem Rick

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#11 posted 10-01-2016 07:21 PM

Jim the foam I have is from something that was shipped to me and before that I used the foam insulation.

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#12 posted 10-01-2016 07:53 PM

I bought a foam router bit storage that is 16×16 x 1.5 that has holes punched in it. I use it for miscellaneous bits. My more expensive ones are generally Freud and I keep them in their protective cases.

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#13 posted 10-01-2016 07:53 PM

I looked at your shop pictures, (WOW). Not much room. The only thing I could think of just by looking at your shop pictures is some kind of slide out drop drawer underneath the wood shelf just past the ladder on the left side of the shop. It looks like a free space in the picture. We have one of these in our kitchen under one cabinet that we keep junk in.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 10-01-2016 08:14 PM

I have some styrofoam and some of the predrilled foam rubber squares but as Dave pointed out it’s tight even tighter than the old photos,even the under counters are pretty full.I’m going to check out a kind of shelf I have behind my chop saw station to see if I can move things around there.

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#15 posted 10-01-2016 08:33 PM

Hey Jim. This is certainly something to think about. I don’t think I’ll ever have as many bits as you, but, you’ve sure opened my eyes to my slowly growing same problem.
I know you said you don’t have floor space, but something like this with wheels that could be mover around if needed.
I drew this up in paint:

Anyhoo, The pic above is similar to the thought I had. You could add many more shelves if needed. The round shelves that simulate a christmas tree. You’d still have to drill many holes (like Jerry said).

Picture each level shelf that is larger at the bottom and they get smaller as the go up. A center hole in each shelf for a pipe of sorts (maybe black pipe or something cheap), couplers in-between each shelf. That way, they would spin freely. Don’t know if this will help you, but, I might make up something like this in the future… hahaha Good luck. Look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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