Drill bit storage cabinet.

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Project by oscorner posted 05-22-2007 04:23 AM 20639 views 16 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used a plan from ShopNotes to build this cabinet. I only built the top of the cabinet. I wasn’t completely pleased with the article because there was no cut list and they had you build the door and the case separately, which is not the best way of doing it. After I did it their way, I wished that I would have built a box and then cut the door off as I had done in the past. The bit holders slide out and after a little wax, they do so effortlessly. I messed up and glued up the case before I dadoed slots for the removable holders, so I had to use short thin blocks to make up the grooves for the holder to slide in and out of. I’ve got my brad point, counter sinking speed drills, paddle bits, circle cutting bit and in the cases are some more bits. It is hung on the wall with a French Cleat.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#1 posted 05-22-2007 04:53 AM

So many good ideas – so little time to make them. Thanks, Mark.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 05-22-2007 04:56 AM

I like these kids of projects. Good job, Os.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#3 posted 05-22-2007 05:04 AM

You said it, Don. If I made them all I’d need a new shop. LOL.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 05-22-2007 05:22 AM

Mark -

Very nice addition to the shop!


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#5 posted 05-22-2007 05:59 AM

Nice! I need one of those. Can anyone lend me some wall space?

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 05-22-2007 06:37 AM

Something would come in most handy. This would be a nice addition to any shop.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#7 posted 05-22-2007 01:16 PM

Good looking cabinet. If you hadn’t said anything, I would have never thought twice about the small cleats versus dadoes cut into the sides for the pull-out sections. Although my thought would be that the way you did it might work a little better since you used solid wood with grain in one direction, rather than a slot in plywood with the grain pattern in both directions.

-- Rick - Spring, TX

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#8 posted 05-22-2007 01:47 PM

Thanks, Rick my goof is now a plus! Mot, I have no wall space to lend, but if I did you’d get some. I appreciate the comments, everyone.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 05-22-2007 01:55 PM

Nice use of you adaptive imagination….and the cabinet looks good too…

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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#10 posted 05-22-2007 05:00 PM

I’m with Mot. I would love to build one, just where would I put it? ShopNotes has some good stuff.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#11 posted 05-22-2007 05:45 PM

Os, can you explain more about the “make a box and cut the door off” benefits. I am not sure that I completely understand.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#12 posted 05-22-2007 06:09 PM

Very handy!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 06-15-2007 11:23 PM

MsDebbieP, if you make a box out of plywood (as this project is made) or solid wood, then you know that it is square and the wood grain will match when you cut the door off of the box. Say you make a box 6” deep and you want your door to be 2” deep. Once your box is assembled and the glue has dried you would set up your table saw fence or band saw(which may prove to be a problem, depending on the size of your box and the ability of your band saw) to make a 4” cut. Now, you must make sure that there are no nails (brads) in the way of your cut…you wouldn’t want to ruin a blade on your first pass, or second, or third or fourth for that matter. You could probably do it with a circular saw, but it would require a lot of care that the cut is made in the exact same spot on all four sides. With a table saw you would set the depth of cut just deep enough to go through the material and the fence at 4” as stated before. Make a pass on one of the longer sides of the box, then another across the top or bottom, then the top or bottom which ever is left. You may want to have some small wedges to put in place so the kerf does not close in when making the second and third cuts and definitely when making the final pass, otherwise the blade can get pinched and kickback will occur. Once finished with the last cut you have two halves (equal or not) and the wood grain will match perfectly. Doing it the way the magazine had it made it a lot harder to keep square and match the grain. I hope this makes sense.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#14 posted 06-15-2007 11:28 PM

me thinks me got it!!!
it’s already “perfect”.. and then you remove the door rather than adding the door and trying to make it perfect.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#15 posted 06-16-2007 03:25 AM

Great cabinet Mark. be careful that Mot doesn’t come through the Cyber line and pick up yours.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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