Router bit storage

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Project by Jeff posted 06-11-2010 11:38 PM 6150 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There’s nothing particularly fancy about this; it fills a need for router bit and accessory storage. If you happen to have a JessEm router stand then you know that there was a lot of wasted space mid-stand. I decided to make better use of it by building a set of drawers. The top 3 drawers slide on UHMW tape on their bottoms while the bottom two drawers run on standard slides.

But where do the bits go?? Do they just roll around in there? ——Nope, I use the bit holders that Lee Valley includes with their bits (they just screw on the the bottom of the drawer). See here for info.

I found it helpful to use a label maker in the shop for various things (labelling power tool cases, hardware storage etc..) and for this project every router bit has a label next to it so that I don’t need to measure the roundover or dovetail bits to find the right one.


-- Jeff

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#1 posted 06-11-2010 11:41 PM

great idea. good job

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#2 posted 06-11-2010 11:42 PM

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#3 posted 06-12-2010 12:03 AM

If I were to build that all I would need is the router bits.Just kidding Ive got plenty of router bits but my storage is quite antiquated compared to you’rs nice job…..................Schloemoe

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#4 posted 06-12-2010 02:28 AM

Good idea. Any plan on closing the rest for better dust collection?

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#5 posted 06-14-2010 04:29 PM

Cool idea. This is the “route” I was planning on taking. I think I am going to get the Freud router table and router for father’s day but I was worried about the wasted space.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 06-14-2010 06:30 PM

Nice work. If you have the LV holders mounted flat, what keeps them from filling with sawdust?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 06-15-2010 01:06 AM

Lanwater: The dust collection is decent as is. There is a hookup with a cowling that grabs the dust from next to the collet (you can’t really see it in the pictures). I supposed enclosing the remainder of the space isn’t a bad idea though, it would at least restrict any leftover dust from flying around the shop.

rance: The LV holders are mounted inside the top three drawers, so dust is not an issue in there.

-- Jeff

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