Shop Tools #4: Drill Bit Organizer Tray

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Blog entry by htl posted 04-01-2019 12:18 PM 811 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was just looking at the Forums and saw Keith Kelly’s great ideas for his router bits and the like.
Quote Instead of drilling holes, cut intersecting dadoes.

Wicked Fast Router Bit Organizer Trays

I love this idea and the funny thing is I used nearly the same idea for my drill bits but with a twist.

I cut the intersecting saw cuts as a guide but then drilled each place needed for that size bit, but not only that I drilled three holes all the same size in a group.
Why you ask.
So I can have a 1/4” brad bit and the 1/4” metal bit and an extra 1/4”hole so I can put any round dowel or what ever and be able to check for size.
How many times have you pulled out a 1/4” drill bit to stick a dowel in to check it’s size, so why not have an open hole ready for the job.
The tray also has both bits together so you can choose what size and type of bit you want and when you get ready to put it back the hole is open so no needing to search for the right place.

You’ll notice the extra hole that I use to drill axle pegs has a peg in it so don’t have to think about it, just grab the bit for that hole size.
I know I should remember this but my mind doesn’t work like that. :-[

The sizes are in line with each other but a few only have two holes these are special sizes that I may not have a brad bit for.

The bigger bits are spaced every other space for easier handling.

Here’s what I’m talking about.

It works great and I made two of them, so I have a set at my Shop Smith drill press and one at my work bench saves a lot a traveling.

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#1 posted 04-01-2019 03:42 PM

Good idea. I did something similar sans the dados. I made 4 or 5 holes for each size because I keep buying bit sizes I already have and I don’t want to throw the old ones away as I sometimes like to use them for other purposes, bits for some of my hooked turning tools or jigs or whatever.

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#2 posted 04-01-2019 04:58 PM

Very good idea; well done.

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#3 posted 04-01-2019 05:25 PM

Nice little shop aid. Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 04-03-2019 09:52 PM

Great idea Bruce but I haven’t your patience to drill all those holes.

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