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Forum topic by Jack Dalton posted 05-22-2016 11:06 PM 844 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jack Dalton

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05-22-2016 11:06 PM

I want to build a cabinet to store my router bits and forstner bits. My Dewalt thickness planer sits on a metal stand and I want to replace it with a nice cabinet so the bits are close at hand. I have looked through the Fine Woodworking archives and have gone to YouTube but have found nothing that works.
Does anyone know of plans that might be available?

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#1 posted 05-22-2016 11:14 PM

Type, router bit cabinet. in the search space and hit the magnifying glass (search lumber

Maybe refine your search for Router bit cabinets, etc…...

Good luck now.

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#2 posted 05-23-2016 12:18 AM

Bought one of them 6” x 12” foam blocks & wrapped it in 1/2” ply wood:


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#3 posted 05-23-2016 01:34 AM

I built a rolling router table, with drawers, and put MDF in the bottoms of a couple of drawers. Drilled 1/4 and 1/2 holes to hold the bits. Works great. The foam idea would be good, but I didn’t think of that.

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#4 posted 05-23-2016 05:03 AM

Please provide photos showing how you use your router bits with your thickness planer.

I made a case something like that, using a block of wood with holes for the bits. Trouble is, the wood expands (and holes get smaller) with humidity, and the bits become hard to extract. When I rebuild it, I’ll use minicell foam and punch out the holes with a sharpened hole punch in the drill press. That will grip the bits, but let them go when you ask politely.

Since it’s hard to know how the balance between 1/4” and 1/2” shanks is going to work out, I made a bunch of inserts that I made out of thick HDPE, using a hole saw, which of course made the quarter inch hole centered in a 1/2” cylinder. Not sure what size hole saw, as they measure to the outside diameter. Probably 5/8” or 9/16”. By sawing a vertical slit up one side of these (on the bandsaw), they became flexible enough to work well. So if I want to keep similar profiles together (round overs, for example), I can do that regardless of shank size.

But I’m still unhappy about the sticky half inch holes.

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#5 posted 05-23-2016 06:14 PM

Have one in my projects


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