Drill Bits Organizer

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Wanna share to fellow LJ-ers my latest shop-related project – drill bits organizer.

The idea was to store as many drill bits in one place as I can, sort them out depending on type and size, and put them where I can reach them easily.

Here’s final result – small 5 drawer chest full of iron:

(The lighter can give some ideas about chest’s size.)

Drawers from top to bottom:

And some building-of pictures for those who like myself wouldn’t mind watching work in progress.

It all started with planning pine boards to thickness. Good workout, lots of shavings and very nice smell. What’s not to like?! :-)

DT job.

Glueing up.

I have to say though these were not my best dovetails but definitely the quickest ones thanks to David Barron’s magnetic dovetail guide:

No fancy joinery for the drawers – simple grooves enforced with small bamboo dowels and plywood bottom just glued in:

Here’s how drawers sit in the chest:

The pulls for the drawers are shop-made from the nails using propane torch, hack saw and the hammer.

One more picture before stuffing and putting away from the benchtop:

And here it is all packed up and ready for use:

Thank you for looking!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

44 comments so far

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#1 posted 01-31-2015 02:37 PM

Definitely like your solution to what I suspect is a common problem—I certainly know it is a problem I have. Your hardware is really cool. Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 01-31-2015 02:38 PM

Yuri, as always great work. I really like the pulls, may have to try my hand at some of those.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 01-31-2015 03:05 PM

Hi Yuri,

That is really nice. You do great work. I LOVE the drawer pulls!!


-- Adjustable Height Workbench Plans

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#4 posted 01-31-2015 03:10 PM

Yuri, that looks great, especially the pulls. What are the flat pieces of metal that you used for the “tang” part of the pull?


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#5 posted 01-31-2015 03:50 PM

Using the cotter pins was ingenious. Dovetails…..looking good. Nice project, very useful.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#6 posted 01-31-2015 03:54 PM

Very nice! Thanks for posting the build of this, I really learned a lot of new ideas to try on my next box! Great job and thanks for posting!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#7 posted 01-31-2015 03:59 PM

Very nice Yuri, I love the drawer pulls!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#8 posted 01-31-2015 04:09 PM

Yuri, you make the coolest hardware and projects but dang, man, you bumped me! :-o! Seriously, like everyone else, I really like the pulls and the DTs are just another example of your fine craftsmanship.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#9 posted 01-31-2015 04:23 PM

Very nice. Looking at your project, I’ve realized I have drill stuff scattered all over my shop in various locations. I think I’ll make one of these to get stuff consolidated in one spot…

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#10 posted 01-31-2015 04:40 PM

Wow Yuri, what a master piece. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#11 posted 01-31-2015 04:54 PM

Very nice work.I am an absolute sucker for such wooden boxes,and metal ones too.I don’t know if it is laziness or what? I hope not but I would never have gone to all that trouble to make the drawer pulls.I would maybe have just bought them,but I think you are the man for going to all that trouble making them.Quite a feat and accomplishment for you .Actually perhaps have just taught me to take my time and do these things for myself.Part of my problem is overcoming tiredness with the parkinsonian troubles.Still I live and learn re input and enjoyment as seen here by your good self. your pal big al, Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 01-31-2015 05:17 PM

Very nice Yuri. They look great together.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#13 posted 01-31-2015 05:49 PM

Very nice project. Ingenious solution to create the drawer pulls. And I like how you used the plywood to double as a drawer bottom and slides.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#14 posted 01-31-2015 05:50 PM

Hello Yuri

Very impressive work

I like the construction of this project

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#15 posted 01-31-2015 06:02 PM

Good looking handmade dovetails. I want to find out more about the magnetic dovetail guide.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Jan, Free State Province, South Africa

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