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Forum topic by Kathy posted 11-04-2010 07:42 PM 6949 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kathy

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11-04-2010 07:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router bits bit holder box router

a couple of questions…I am making a router bit box, what are the little plastic adapters/holders that you put in a predrilled hole called? And, where can I buy them?


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#1 posted 11-04-2010 07:56 PM

I have been wondering that myself!

I would think they would be a pipe cap or some sort of flange cap, but I have been able to come up with a source.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 11-04-2010 08:05 PM

I’m guessing, how about bushings? And no, I don’t know where you would find them. Is the box a gift? Otherwise, do you really need them?

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#3 posted 11-04-2010 08:07 PM

I know I saw them in a catalog awhile ago. My husband said they be called ‘sleeves’.

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#4 posted 11-04-2010 08:09 PM

Like I said, I’m guessing. I looked online at Rockler’s, couldn’t find them.

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#5 posted 11-04-2010 08:12 PM

Here’s a question for you-why do you need the sleeves for the router bit shafts? I’ve built about a dozen router storage “blocks”-basically 2” by 5” by 1” pieces of hardwood with holes drilled in them to hold router bits. Just went out and got a 17/32 drill bit so they fit in holes drilled loosely enough to take them out easily-didn’t need any sleeves.
I find these “blocks” easier to handle when you have a lot (50+) router bilts like I do. Simply throw them into a drawer in the shop and grab the block that has the bit you want, and take it (along with the other 5 or so)to the router table.
Gerry

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#6 posted 11-04-2010 08:16 PM

Gerry, that’s why I asked if this box might be a gift for someone. If something, in my experience, is for someone other than ourselves, we tend to go overboard and try to make it as nice as we possibly can.

So, Kathy, is it for you, or a gift?

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#7 posted 11-04-2010 08:17 PM

Search McMaster Carr for “Sleeve Bearings”.

IF I were using something like that, I would go with product #6294K448, however they are quite cost prohibitive at $2.05 each. Depending on how well stocked they are, most Ace Hardware stores I have been to either have, or can get in sleeve bearings at a small fraction of what McMaster Carr wants for them…

On mine I simply drilled my holes 9/16” in the wood, and used a Q tip to get some poly in the bore to seal it up. Works great.

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#8 posted 11-04-2010 08:20 PM

The tannins in some hardwoods (red oak, for example) will discolor metal surfaces like drill bits, router bits, etc.

The wood tannins from oak were often used in tanning animal hides. I learned this the hard way … I made a push stick out of a scrap of red oak and left it laying on the cast iron of my table saw one night. That push stick was chewed up and tossed many moons ago, but the stain on the table will probably be there forever.

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#9 posted 11-04-2010 08:21 PM

The box is for myself, and yes I like to go overboard :) Im going to make a small box to hold approx 12 bits and I will be taking the box back and forth from school. The bit shafts are varying in sizes because the bits are small for making detail work on decorative boxes, and I would like to only make 1 size hole then add the sleeves to fit.

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#10 posted 11-04-2010 08:27 PM

In addition to the tannins … wouldn’t the moisture in the wood tend to be A Bad Thing, over time ?

I’d use a sleeve, too….

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#11 posted 11-04-2010 08:31 PM

Thanks for the explanation, Kathy. My inner cheapskate is demanding to be heard: how about the sleeves from another box, one in which you may have bought a set of router bits?

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#12 posted 11-04-2010 08:32 PM

Axminster power tools uk and woodcraft USA hold them I believe .If you have difficulty there get back in touch with me Alistair

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#13 posted 11-04-2010 08:35 PM

Lee Valley has bit holders, but they’re not inset sleeves.

Woodcraft has some with magnets in the base.

CMT has some inserts/sleeves that may be what you’re looking for. Here’s the idea link
http://www.amazon.com/CMT-03-51-0049A-Bushings-Router-Organizer/dp/B000P4HJ14/ref=reg_hu-wl_mrai-recs

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#14 posted 11-04-2010 08:43 PM

I’m guessing you want the sleeves to keep them from easilly falling out. If so, I would prob. fashion milk jug material either vertical or horizontal to ‘keep’ them in place. Also, in my experience, holes for the bits should be through-holes so dust won’t collect in the bottom of the holes. Sorry, no suggestions on sources for store bought sleeves.

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#15 posted 11-04-2010 10:42 PM

Kathy, If you are just concerned with storing the bits you might not need a sleeve. I cut a piece of scrap plywood and drilled holes for my router bits with a 1/2” Forstner bit (I only run 1/2” bits by the way) and the resulting holes are a snug fit.

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