Drill Bit Storage Tote

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This drill bit storage tote is nothing fancy, I made it from scrap hardwood-veneered MDF. And it is not an original design. I saw it awhile back in one of my woodworking magazines. I am just not sure which one. But I didn’t really lay it out per any design dimensions in the article.

The inspiration came from having a huge set of bits from Harbor Freight, packaged in a really poorly manufactured metal case which didn’t close all that well. Their bits aren’t too bad, but the packaging is really marginal.

I got tired of flipping up the 6 metal racks in the metal case that held the bits. This set had 3 racks of Imperial fractional bits (1/16” to 1/2”), and 3 racks of lettered bits (A to Z). Those are the only ones I wanted in the tote. The lid of the enclosure had a long rack containing small numbered bits (#1 to #60). I just keep this rack in my drill press cabinet, for their occasional use.

Since sets like this can vary, I laid out the 3 racks to determine overall tote size, plus size for the partitions, and the front cover. Each side was done independently to make sure each rack fit well. Finally, a slot was cut into the main piece to make a carry handle.

I can use the storage tote at my drill press, or carry to a workbench to use with a hand drill.

-- Lee

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#1 posted 03-31-2015 12:27 AM

Great drill tote

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 03-31-2015 07:41 AM

Thanks for sharing.


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#3 posted 03-31-2015 12:44 PM

Got the same issue, will have to duplicate. Thank you for the inspiration.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 03-31-2015 02:37 PM

very fancy compared to mine, mine fell apart and finally just screwed them to a tee board, I like your handle.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 03-31-2015 05:02 PM

Hello Lee

Very nice idea

Simple but effective tool
A future copied 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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#6 posted 03-31-2015 06:52 PM

Thanks for all the comments! I must have struck a chord with others that think that most drill bit storage leaves something to be desired!

-- Lee

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#7 posted 03-31-2015 10:03 PM

I love shop projects, this is a good one.

-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA

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#8 posted 03-31-2015 11:45 PM

Looks handy. Nicely done

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#9 posted 04-01-2015 12:01 AM

And I will put all my various bits for the screw guns on the other side so I’ll have them all together. (there must be 14 different drivers needed with all the oddball screw types)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 04-04-2015 02:32 PM

Thanks for posting.. something like this would be perfect above my lathe for all of the bits I use in my pens and other turnings.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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