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Forum topic by SMP posted 02-12-2020 10:31 PM 473 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-12-2020 10:31 PM

I recently bought some new Fisch brad point drill bits. The $100 set came in a box, the $30 set came in a blister pack. I bought the cheaper set but would like to get a small metal case to hold them. (Right now I slide them back in the blister pack in my drawer) I would like it to be somewhat quality. I saw a junk one as part of a set at HF that felt like a soda can and bent just from trying to open and close it. I also found a really nice one at an antique store but it was for about 100 bits. This set is 7 bits so would like it to not be too empty. (By the way I already have a metal snap on case for my 32 piece metal drill bits so want these seperated)

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#1 posted 02-12-2020 11:05 PM

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#2 posted 02-13-2020 02:51 AM

Huot makes nice metal cases. For 7 bits I’d probably build a small wood box.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 02-13-2020 03:14 AM

I’ve got the bigger set in the box. The bits are some of the best, and I am a Fisch convert. The box however is NOT anything special. You would be way ahead to make a SOFT wooden box with a friction fit lid, and drill out the holes with the bits you have. You will protect the bits, house them in the holes made by them, so snugly, and using a soft wood, won’t dull or mar the cutting edges. I plan to do this once the “box” has run it’s course. I don’t anticipate that being far down the road.

If you like the brad points, try the Forstners, they are simply the best. At least the best I have used.

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#4 posted 02-13-2020 01:29 PM

What you’re looking for is called a “drill bit index”. Rick is right about Huot. I like theirs. What you’ll find though is that the holes in the index are pretty tightly sized for the size bit that belongs. And there are indexes made for letter, number, fractional and metric sizes. I’m not sure where you would find one for 7 bits. I’d probably do as Rick suggests and make up something myself.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 02-13-2020 02:20 PM

Thanks all for the input. I think I may look at building my own given that most are for a lot of bits. My main reason is to protect them so will use soft wood, but I also want it to look somewhat nice. So will look for some ideas.

I do really like these bits. I have heard nothing but good things about their Forstner bits. Can’t justify buying one of the sets, but may buy some as needed or to replace some of my old ones.

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#6 posted 02-13-2020 02:41 PM

Make your own box. Lay the bits out not touching, usually in alternating ends pattern. Measure the outer frame size. Mark the shank locations, drill slightly oversize holes in a 1×2, rip it down the middle and you have two shank supports. Pine is cheap and soft. If you buy ‘select’ or ‘clear’ it’ll look good too.

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#7 posted 02-13-2020 03:05 PM

This might be a good time to organize all of your drill bits. Search Lumberjocks for “drill bit cabinet” or “drill bit organizer” for ideas.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#8 posted 02-13-2020 04:44 PM

A small pen carrying case may work, padded and a latching lid. And you may invest in a few more bits, so leave some spare space if you build one.

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#9 posted 02-13-2020 05:20 PM

Another source, only pay actual shipping with McMaster:

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#10 posted 02-13-2020 08:30 PM

Walk into Harbor Freight…find a case that suits you….when you get it home, dump their bits in the trash, and put yours into the”new case”....

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#11 posted 02-13-2020 09:58 PM

Another source, only pay actual shipping with McMaster:

- OnhillWW

I can vouch for the plastic index style with belt clip and cap on the above web page. A little bigger than a beverage can (more like one in a koozie.) I have one like it (in blaze orange) that came with a 29 pc twist bit set mfg by Norseman, from Circle C Supply. Good bits too. While I haven’t dropped it or anything, it appears well made and rugged.

-- Andy - Arlington TX

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#12 posted 02-14-2020 02:46 PM

A small pen carrying case may work, padded and a latching lid. And you may invest in a few more bits, so leave some spare space if you build one.

- ibewjon

Hmm, this gave me an idea. WHile I haven’t seen pen cases, I do know that Walmart and sporting goods stores seel those little flip top waterproof cases in a bunch of sizes, I may be able to find one a good size and make some pine inserts or something.THanks!

Another source, only pay actual shipping with McMaster:

- OnhillWW

Thanks, always forget about that place. That little 15 slot box for $7 might be another good option. Not way too many extra slots, and I may get some other brad points at some point.

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#13 posted 02-15-2020 06:08 AM

After building garage cabinets for my son in law I decided to build one more for myself that wrapped around the pedestal of my drill press. A new home for all my drill bits and accessories right where I needed them. So obviously needed a new index to store the twist bits. Huot 11700 Combination Jobber Length Drill Bit Index was a perfect addition to store my collection. This index is well made, the indexing is well labeled and the hole sizes are spot on in diameter. In fact I had to slightly dress up some of the shanks with a file due to tiny burrs left from bit slippage in an under tightened chuck. A small burr on the shaft and it will not fit in the correct position. But in my personal point of view while ordering online you have to read online reviews about the product.


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