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    Let me see your router bit storage!!

    I'm continuing to work on my router table, and just need to put about 3 more coats of finish on the cabinet and drawer faces. I also need to decide how to space the bits. I will have 2 drawers for bits. Each drawer will have a raised platform with a top skin of 1/4" BB ply that the receiving holes for the bit shanks will be drilled into, with a layer of solid insulation board underneath to cushion the bits to keep them from rattling against the bottom of the drawers.
    How much space do you have around the bits to easily (and safely!! ) extract them from their resting place? I know the big panel cutters will need more room. Or do you drill your holes on a standard grid and just leave some empty ones around the big bits? Any and all ideas are welcome. Let me know what you have that you like, don't like, or would do different. THANKS!! Jim.
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    I would go with a standard grid to provide fexibility as your collection changes. As for how much room between to allow safe grabbing; that will be self evident ;-)

    I use Plano parts boxes made from a plastic about the consistency of a coffee can lid so I'm no real help. Rockler's look to be on about 2" centers:
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    I use the plano boxes as well. My father-in-law has a couple of drawers built in to his cabinets with inserts that have about 3" spacing, just a 3/4" board with 1/4" and 1/2" holes.
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    Hi Jim ,
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    Thanks, guys.
    Shaz, I've got a racket (actually wife and I have matching ones) but haven't picked it up since the late 70's. Do you have some special spacing method that uses one to mark the bit locations before drilling? Jim.
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    Three of these drawers:

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    in the mobile cart that I use for my router table (among other things) are used to hold router bits. Here is a photo of the interior of one of the drawers:

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    The holders that are screwed to the drawer bottom come from Lee Valley (as do most of my router bits).
    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 01-05-2008 at 07:35 PM.
    Cheers, Frank

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    That's slick, Frank. I'm about to head out the door for a dog show. Will look up LV when I get back. Actually, have their Holiday catalog on my desk as I type! Jim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim O'Dell View Post
    That's slick, Frank. I'm about to head out the door for a dog show. Will look up LV when I get back. Actually, have their Holiday catalog on my desk as I type! Jim.
    Jim, here is a link: http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.a...=1,46168,50736
    Cheers, Frank

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    OK, my shameful non-system, system. Shaper bits (I don't even own a shaper) are in boxes in an old cabinet. Router bits are in the very expensive wood cases they came in as sets. Likewise, high priced items. The sets were, like, $12.95 each, making the bits under a buck a piece. But they are carbide and cut fast and clean. I can't gripe. I keep all on a shelf in the old cabinet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Pellow View Post
    Three of these drawers:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Drawers in mobile cart -small.JPG 
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    in the mobile cart that I use for my router table (among other things) are used to hold router bits. Here is a photo of the interior of one of the drawers:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Drawer with router bits -small.JPG 
Views:	135 
Size:	90.8 KB 
ID:	16154

    The holders that are screwed to the drwer bottom come from Lee Valley (as do most of my router bits).
    Nice link Frank! I'm designing a router table and think those bit holders will be a great way to hold bits.

    Doug

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