Wicked Fast Router Bit Organizer Trays - using dadoes instead of holes

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Blog entry by Keith Kelly posted 04-04-2019 05:24 AM 1697 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I feel some sort of closeness with you guys that I don’t feel with the rest of the internet. Therefore, I’ll tell you the strange things that were going through my mind as I worked through this problem:

I wanted all my router & Dremel bits close together, but I did not want to drill all the holes.

So I waited. Experimented. Failed.

One day, I decided to pretend, in order to identify presumptions.

  • I pretended that the router bit wasn’t a router bit.
  • It’s a thing.
  • And it’s falling over.

Suddenly, one of my tall friends came to mind. He was asleep, and falling over. Four of us guys stood around him, holding our arms out towards him to prevent him from falling. I assure you I was not high on anything.

The pretend world doesn’t go by the same thought prescriptions as the real world. Pretending is problem-solving’s favorite second cousin.

That’s when I realized… We think: router bits > shanks > cylinders > holes

Why holes? Because cylinders. Why cylinders? Because shanks. Why shanks? Because router bits.


When I pretended it wasn’t a router bit, it didn’t take long to think of the intersecting dadoes. So I made some prototypes using scrap. That was a year ago.

Last weekend, I made the official, non-prototype versions. See my YouTube video for all the specs and a couple interesting, unscientific tests.


Planning for my YouTube channel

There’s a secret (not anymore) agenda: I want to practice communication skills. I’m a programmer for a real job, and learning how to communicate more effectively would be good for my career. The “test” behind “Keith’s Test Garage” is dual-meaning. I do a lot of testing/prototyping, but it also reminds me that this channel is just a test. To try ideas. To fail. To learn.

So I began to brainstorm ideas for the channel, and flag the ideas that were original.

I did not expect these router bit trays to be original. But I did a considerable amount of research and couldn’t find anything. Even as I posted the video, I still wondered if my search was tainted by lack of decent search terms.

So I expected people to be like “oh hey look, Matthias Wandel has done that before.” But, so far, it seems that nobody is aware of anything similar. If the idea is original, I feel that I’ve found a really silly hole in the internet.


This LJ community has helped me so much over the past few years, if there’s anything I can offer in return, I’d love to.

I have a few more ideas (that seem to be original or somehow unique) in the works.

I think you guys should subscribe to my YouTube channel where I try to help you see the tools (and non-tool tools) around you differently.


I will keep it clean for the sake of all kids.

-- Keith | Subscribe:

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#1 posted 04-04-2019 01:26 PM

I think in the future I’ll see this design in lots of shops and be able to say, ” Oh I remember reading about this on Lumberjocks when this guy dreamed it up!”

-- Bob "jack of all trades, master of none"

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#2 posted 04-04-2019 01:39 PM

I agree with you BobHall . . . but then there are the companies that will plagerize Keith’s fantastic idea and make a small fortune off his free offering. . . Not fair to Keith!

-- No one can make you feel inferior unless you give them permission. . .

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#3 posted 04-04-2019 02:35 PM

Excellent idea and great video. Added to favourites

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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Keith Kelly

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#4 posted 04-04-2019 02:44 PM

I agree with you BobHall . . . but then there are the companies that will plagerize Keith s fantastic idea and make a small fortune off his free offering. . . Not fair to Keith!

- dorald

I’ve heard this a few times. But in this case, would they want to? Wouldn’t it be cheaper to mold some plastic with holes for the bits?

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