Drill bits and taps storage box

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 05-28-2021 11:42 AM 1118 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a set of taps and drill bits the other day. Wanted to keep the bits and taps together and have a matching set for the most common sizes I use, and found an Irwin set that seemed pretty good, but they came in a blister-pack and that just wouldn’t do.

First step was drilling some holes in a scrap of ipe flooring I had left from other projects. Then I glued a back to that scrap, made from a piece of 1/8” ash veneer (or micro-lumber) I bought a while back, and which turns out to be useful pretty regularly around the shop and house.

With the back glued on and dried, I put a couple sides on the developing box. No fancy joints, just butted everything together and left the sides a little long, then cleaned them up with the belt-sander once the glue had dried.

Sides on, I added a top and glued together the front of the box, consisting of another piece of veneer with a scrap of ash that would give me something to attach a hinge to.

When those dried, I put on the hinge and latch, then realized I needed something to hold the tap wrench in place, and because I might jostle the box when it was closed, I needed something to hold the bits and taps in place. A scrap of pine glued to the back of the box gave me a holder for the tap wrench, and one last piece of ash veneer inside the front would hold the taps and bits in place.

A bit of red paint to label the box, and a couple coats of shellac, and it’s done. Works well enough, and now I won’t have to go looking for tables and charts to figure out which drill bit I need to tap a 10-32 hole.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 05-28-2021 11:46 AM

Neat project Dave, good job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 05-28-2021 12:06 PM

That’s a good idea Dave. I pretty much did the same with my wood taps and added the little chart in the box. It’s great to have them handy for those special projects.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 05-28-2021 12:40 PM

beats the crap outta my system – 3 tubes of bits and an 0 -1” mic

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 05-28-2021 03:27 PM

Thanks, OldRivers.

Thanks, Dave. The thing that started this was that I couldn’t find my chart of what drill bit goes with a 10-32 tap, so I went to look it up online, but my cable modem was being Comcastic, so I went and dug out my Machinery’s Handbook, but by the time I figured out the right bit, it was lunchtime and I hadn’t accomplished anything. So I ordered a dedicated set from McMaster Carr, then built this box.

Thanks, Dick. I have a mic somewhere too. Damfino where, though.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 05-28-2021 04:38 PM

Clever idea. That’s some big red lettering.

At first I though it was bits and taps for sale and I noticed the L was missing. I figured out it was SAE. (Society of Automotive Engineers.

I bought a cheep 29 pc set of Brad point bits from HF for $14.95 and replace the crooked ones with Brad point bits from Lee Valley. They have the best bits in my opinion.

-- James E McIntyre

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#6 posted 05-28-2021 05:16 PM

Nice one Dave, easy to spot!

Of course now that you mentioned a 10-32, your next tapping adventure will result in a broken tap for which you will purchase a new one + spare, and need a bigger box (at least that is how things work in my world 8^)

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#7 posted 05-28-2021 05:47 PM

Thanks, James.

Thanks, Splint. The spares go in the “misc” drawer I still need to build for the boring tools till. After I’m done with bookcases.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 05-28-2021 05:49 PM

Nice solution

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#9 posted 05-28-2021 09:34 PM

Thanks, Butcher!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 05-28-2021 11:45 PM

Can’t have enough organization in the shop Dave. And those quick builds are the best ones.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#11 posted 05-29-2021 12:02 AM

Thanks, Eric! Wasn’t that quick, though. There were four different “glue up and let dry overnight” steps in there. Took the better part of a week. Of five or ten minutes per day.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 05-29-2021 12:54 AM

Let’s see, 10 minutes a day for a week, yea that’s a quick build in my book.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#13 posted 05-29-2021 01:05 AM

All organizational project will save you time in the shop! Good one for you, Dave.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 05-29-2021 01:46 AM

Thanks, Jim! Most of them come about because I get tired of not being able to find stuff.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#15 posted 05-29-2021 01:59 AM

Great way to organize the tools to be used in unison, much better then guess or micrometer later.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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