Thread: Drill bit tray idea
2nd Apr 2019, 08:29 AM #1
Drill bit tray idea
I cut the intersecting saw cuts as a guide but then drilled each place needed for that size bit, but not only that I drilled three holes all the same size in a group.
Why you ask.
So I can have a 1/4” brad bit and the 1/4” metal bit and an extra 1/4”hole so I can put any round dowel or what ever and be able to check for size.
How many times have you pulled out a 1/4” drill bit to stick a dowel in to check it’s size, so why not have an open hole ready for the job.
The tray also has both bits together so you can choose what size and type of bit you want and when you get ready to put it back the hole is open so no needing to search for the right place.
You’ll notice the extra hole that I use to drill axle pegs has a peg in it so don’t have to think about it, just grab the bit for that hole size.
I know I should remember this but my mind doesn’t work like that. [
The sizes are in line with each other but a few only have two holes these are special sizes that I may not have a brad bit for.
Here’s what I’m talking about.
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2nd Apr 2019, 09:36 AM #2.
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Many moons ago I made a drill bit stand not quite as large as yours as my bits were slightly closer together. I also used the same spacing between bits. Because I usually move my drill bit stands to where I'm working in my shed or elsewhere I found a large stand it took up a bit too much space and was also awkward to move around. I guess it depends on how much space you have and if and how often the stands are moved.
I then made a number of smaller stands that better suit the drill sizes/types and made the spacings between bits <1/2" closer together and those <1/4" closer together still. This made for a more compact stand that could more easily be located and moved to the work when required.
At work they use a very compact round bit stand with an ever decreasing spacing between the bits. The round shape make the smaller bits sizes (stamped on the stands) easy to read and also easy to remove the bits as a hand doesn't have to dive down in between other bits. I was going to remake smaller bit stands into round shapes but I ended up picking up a couple of round drill bit stands for bits <1/2 on ebay for next to nothing. These round stands house imperials of regular length (1/64th increments from 1/16 to 1/2",) and what I call a "shorts" set made from broken bits (1/64th increments from 3/16 to 1/2",) . The "shorts" are used for lathe work.
Currently I still have home made wooden stands for
MT metrics from 13 to 25 mm
Metric reduced shanks from 13 t0 25 mm
I also have sets of brad points up to 1/2", imperial reduced shanks from 9/16 to 1", and metric from 1mm to 10 mm in 0.1 mm increments. These are still in their original box/stand. In recent times the latter are probably used more than all of the others combined probably because I now do more MW than WW.
2nd Apr 2019, 10:59 AM #3GOLD MEMBER
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I wish Fastcap would do a system for metric but I guess the idea does not work in the more simple metric.CHRIS
2nd Apr 2019, 02:27 PM #4
That's one nice case but $42 just for the case and over $120 for the case and all the drill bits.
I know it would be handy and a great system for those with deep pockets but I like making my jigs and holders $.00.
2nd Apr 2019, 09:11 PM #5
3rd Apr 2019, 01:24 AM #6
Just a lil somethin' that I saw this week that looks similar, but...is different? I kinda like it more...intersecting dadoes rather than bored holes.
Each to their own of course
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3rd Apr 2019, 04:00 AM #7
Yep that's a great project and has it's uses but won't handle the different drill sizes, it's more for router bits with all the same size shafts.
Mine is more leaning to the model builder who is using a lot a small drill bits and dowels all day long.
I just used the table saw to make the grid was easier than drawing them out by hand.
One other thing to add.
I bought a bunch a small drill bits [ 15 each] that came in a metal box and all the different sizes had their own place and the bits would only fit in their size space, works great
but if you ever drop the box with the top open you'll have a job on your hands getting it all back into place, don't ask me how I know.
So this is my set up for every day use if I drop it all stays together and ready to use.
And as always there's a hundred way to do any thing this is what works for me with what tools I have.
3rd Apr 2019, 08:34 AM #8
3rd Apr 2019, 09:24 AM #9.
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When I got my box of 3 to 0.4 mm drills the first thing I did was wrap each size in adhesive tape and write the size on the tape.
3rd Apr 2019, 01:17 PM #10
I can see me sorting out the router bits after Easter is over and I get some time to do a big reorganization prior to some serious projects over Winter.Doug3030's Open Shed Day 2019 - Sunday 6 October 2019, Hoppers Crossing
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4th Apr 2019, 07:05 PM #11
Looks great Bruce, well done.
BUT you have too much patience for me, I'd muck it up too easy....
10th Apr 2019, 03:34 AM #12GOLD MEMBER
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Great idea, and a lot of patience doing every drill hole 3 times. I was going to do the exact same thing, but also add another row, drilled deeper and wider so that I can hammer in a nut so I can test for bolt threads, ie metric and imperial, I'm forever finding 1/4"nuts and M6 bolts and vise versa, and would same me a lot of trouble not having to make a trip to Bunnings to use their bolt guide.
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