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Forum topic by Diggerjacks posted 10-24-2013 06:17 PM 4262 views 2 times favorited 33 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-24-2013 06:17 PM


What is for you the better ( ultimate) solution for the router bit storage ?

Pictures welcome with your personal solution

Thanks for looking

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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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#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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#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,



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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

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

@Tedstor, hehehehe, kinda looks like mine…

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

You guys have way more bits than I do. My solution:

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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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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