Simple drill press accessory shelf from scap 2x6.

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Project by dbhost posted 05-08-2011 01:15 AM 3727 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This quick and simple holder was built to hold all my drilling accessories that don’t have a case of their own. So far it is holding the Forstner bits I got for setting clock inserts, as well as plug cutters, counter sinks, pilot drilling countersinks, and my spade bits. I left open holes for the missing bits (hey, after 30+ years a few go AWOL okay?)

The sides and back were resawn, face jointed, and planed to 5/8”. The bores for the bits were sized so that the bits just slide in and out, and are countersunk. I jointed the back side to give me a dead flat surface to mount the rear plate on, and it is all held together with 1-1/4” drywall screws that are piloted and countersunk. I wanted to be able to disassemble it in the future in order to add any needed new bores for additional bits or accessories.

Mounting this between the garage doors puts these bits and accessories immediately behind, and to the right of the drill press, making for easy access instead of having to cross the entire shop to get to them…

The fact that this was made entirely from scrap lumber, and found screws (okay they were found in my shop floor, but they would have been swept up as trash had I not been more careful) means that this is effectively a free project, which are my favorite kind of projects these days…

Hope this gives somebody else ideas on how to efficiently store their items…

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 05-08-2011 01:43 AM

Looks like a very usefull shop accessory/neccesity!
I very much enjoyed the detailed explanation of the construction process. Much better than the “Look what I built” project posts.

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#2 posted 05-08-2011 04:29 PM

Now before that thing stares you in the face for the next twenty years with no finish on it, throw a coat of Watco or some such on it. I just keep a can ready for that kind of stuff. Even so, I have an unfinished rack on my pegboard in La Conner, but I had an excuse… Watco there yet…....(-:

I find these things, even though they are kinda quick and dirty, hang around for a minimum of 10 to 20 years…..might as well make it pretty…......

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#3 posted 05-08-2011 10:29 PM

Okay I went ahead and slapped a bunch of Watco on it… It’s prettier, but it’s still a basic organizer… And yeah, you are right, these things tend to hang around a LONG time. I still work on my Simpson Strong Tie / 2×4 and plywood bench regularly, I built that 10 years ago…

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#4 posted 05-08-2011 11:01 PM

Yes I understand, my bench, which at least has Watco on the plywood top, is going strong at 41 years… will never die…..big straight fir wood (they don’t make that stuff anymore) with 3/8” carriage bolt construction. I don’t think there were any knots in that wood. Hmmmm. Never did finish anything but the top.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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