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Display, Storage and Transport Case For A Stanley #945 Bit Brace & Russell Jennings Brace Bits

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Project by James E McIntyre posted 07-27-2021 11:29 PM 2110 views 3 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this project with the plan to build only a case for the bit brace and it evolved into a storage case for both the brace and the bits.

I designed it so it could be hung, carried or stored.

If the original plan was for the bits and brace I would have made it wide enought to store all 13 bits in the compartment under the brace, but it does add more interest with the 3 bits next to the brace.


I added brackets to the right of the brace for the 3 remaining bits.Their glued on top and screwed in place from the bottom of the panel.

Alot of filling and sanding went into the Mahogany parts. Splinter and Art had planned to startel me again, I mean visit me, but this time I was ready for them. My guard cat came running into the shop meowing signaling that they were sneeking up to the shop.
I was waiting there with different grits of sand paper in my hands. I must say they did a fantastic job of sanding all these parts. lol.


This is the back of the panel that holds the bit brace and bits. The screws are reinforcing the glue that hold the brackets in place.


The slots were routed out on the table with 3/16”, 1/2” and 3/4” bowl/tray bits.

The storage tray and brackets for the brace and bits are made from Mahogany, the case is made from Red Oak from the old cabinet doors I replaced with A&C style and the splines are made from Curamu.

The 3/4” Oak for the cases box was resawed on the band saw to 1/2” thick.

The bits are held in place with this piece I made that has green felt glued to its bottom with PVA glue. The pressure from the top panel that holds the brace in place Is screwed down with two 1/4-20 knurled brass nuts and prevents the bits from shifting.

There’s the handle I made that was the last project I posted.

I bought the latch from Wood Craft for $4.95.

These solid brass hinges were purchaced from Horton Brasses for $17.95.

I used Plexiglass instead of glass.

All the material and parts were from left overs from other projects except for the Mahogany for the tray.


Routing out the tray. The fence had to be moved back to widen the slots.
I was using 3/16”, 1/2” and 3/4” round top bowl/tray bits.

I made and installed 1/4” mahogany dowels through the stub tenons in the 1/2” thick door for added strength.


Here I’m using a jig that slides on the fence to cut the rabbit on the bottom of the frame.The dado is set at approximately at 1/4” H X 1/4” W. Or the thickness of the rear panel.


I’m using a spline jig I made that slides on the table saw fence to cut the slots for the splines.




The tray is glued on top and screwed from the other side of the panel.

The edges of this panel had to be taped in about a 1/4” to prevent the finish from getting on it. It needs to be glued and pin nailed into the rabbit on the bottom of the case.

Gluing on the mahogany ledge for the panel that holds the bits in place to rests on.


Screwing on the handle with SS 1-1/2” square drive screws.

I used these key hole slot plugs to hang the case. Lee Valley recommends drilling a 5/8” hole with a Forster bit and gluing it in place with epoxy or CA glue. I drilled and counter sunk holes in them and attached them with a screws.

Thanks for visiting.

-- James E McIntyre





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AandCstyle

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#1 posted 07-27-2021 11:55 PM

Geez, James, why is it that every single one of your projects has to be a bloody masterpiece? ;D

Just color me green with envy!

-- Art

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#2 posted 07-27-2021 11:56 PM

Sweet!

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#3 posted 07-28-2021 12:32 AM

Nice build James. Is the retainer piece across the lower bits a slip fit?

-- Think safe, be safe

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Eric

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#4 posted 07-28-2021 12:34 AM

Nicely done James, I like the routed groves for the bits. I will have to copy this for the set I have.

-- Eric, building the dream

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oldrivers

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#5 posted 07-28-2021 01:03 AM

A really nice particle box.Great build!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 07-28-2021 02:05 AM

That is a great looking case and well thought out too.

My first thought seeing it hanging on the wall was that it needs letters on the glass. “In case of power failure…”

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#7 posted 07-28-2021 02:08 AM

“In case of emergency, break glass!” And then it’s plexiglass. ;-)

Looks great, James! A suitable home for the handle, indeed.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 07-28-2021 03:14 AM

Wow James. This is a great build.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#9 posted 07-28-2021 03:17 AM

That is really outstanding!

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#10 posted 07-28-2021 06:56 AM

That is a great looking little tools box, very well done

-- The woodCrafter

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#11 posted 07-28-2021 09:03 AM

That looks great JEMI... are the brace and underlying bits layers held together by magnets alone? Naturally the brace wouldn’t fall out with the door closed, but is the hold strong enough to prevent dropsies by that acrobatic cat when the door is open?

Looks like you’ve a full range of bits hidden… but… what happens if you discover you haven’t got the full range and there’s one missing?

You got something against drill presses other than cost and space?... though I’ve given up on making a carry box for my Voyager DP… I don’t think a handle would hold… not even yours!

Only splines and dowels… maybe some Dominos could have strengthened it.

BTW, what are those two rings

(or are there 6 of them)? They seem to be all over your benchtop.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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James E McIntyre

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#12 posted 07-28-2021 01:50 PM

Thanks for the kind and encouraging comments:
Art
Jim Y.
Steven
Eric
Oldrivers
Swift
Dave
drewpy
Burly Bob.
And Little Black Duck

-- James E McIntyre

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James E McIntyre

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#13 posted 07-28-2021 02:06 PM


Nice build James. Is the retainer piece across the lower bits a slip fit?

- therealSteveN

Thanks Steven. The bits are held in place with a piece of 1/4” oak plywood and two strips of mahogany on each side of it. There’s a piece of felt on the bottom. This part is tightly fit between the rails and is proud of the rails that supports the panel that holds the brace. When the knurled nuts are tightened they press down on the part and snugly hold the bits in place.

I hope this makes sense.

The only set back to this system is you can’t remove the panel while the case is hanging on the wall.

I have to figure out a way to hold them in place if the panel is removed or put a note. Do not remove this panel while the case is hanging. Lol

-- James E McIntyre

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#14 posted 07-28-2021 02:12 PM


That looks great JEMI... are the brace and underlying bits layers held together by magnets alone? Naturally the brace wouldn t fall out with the door closed, but is the hold strong enough to prevent dropsies by that acrobatic cat when the door is open?

Looks like you ve a full range of bits hidden… but… what happens if you discover you haven t got the full range and there s one missing?

You got something against drill presses other than cost and space?... though I ve given up on making a carry box for my Voyager DP… I don t think a handle would hold… not even yours!

Only splines and dowels… maybe some Dominos could have strengthened it.

BTW, what are those two rings

(or are there 6 of them)? They seem to be all over your benchtop.

- LittleBlackDuck

Duckie. Those rings are knurled nuts.
They hold the panel that holds the brace. When the nuts are tightened the panel presses against the part that holds the bits in place.


I miss placed them while I was assembling the box and I ask my wife. Did you see my two Knurled nuts? She no and I didn’t want to see them.

-- James E McIntyre

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#15 posted 07-28-2021 02:27 PM



Geez, James, why is it that every single one of your projects has to be a bloody masterpiece? ;D

Just color me green with envy!

- AandCstyle

Thanks Art. I’m not sure it’s a masterpiece.

-- James E McIntyre

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