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    Router Bit Storage

    I now have enough router bits that I am thinking of how to store them. I'm thinking cabinet rather than drawer. Would like the bit holders to tilt down so the bits can be extracted more easily but that isn't an essential.

    Has anyone built a router bit cabinet or seen some good plans? I've searched on Google and haven't found anything yet that I really like.

    Most of my bits have 1/2" shanks but I do have a few with 1/4" ones. And, as of yet, I don't have any big ones such as panel raising bits. Probably need space for about 50 or so now with a little room to grow.

    Help!

    Thanks.

    Jim

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    Check out this link:

    http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...ead.php?t=7505

    You'll find my solution on the second page.

    This is the whole table:
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    Rick pointed you to a thread I started when looking for some information on bit holders. There are some really good ideas there on a wide range of styles. I really really liked the idea of the holders from Lee Valley. And would have gone that route except for already having the drawers built with 1/4" bottoms. You haven't gone that far, so these could work for you.
    That said, the rubber grommets from McMaster-Carr work great, and are very cheap, price wise. It's a snug fit, but not hard to get the bits in and out of. But that may not work as well if I understand how you want yours set up. Am I right that you want something that is either wall mountable, or a vertical drawer that pulls out of a cabinet so that the bits are tilted a little off vertical...like a display case for router bits? If so, the Lee Valley holders is how I would go. If not, please explain how you want these to store. Jim.
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    Probably because I am a schlep but I don't like reaching into a forest of sharp things and removing one by the business end. I built slots into my RT that fit 3700 series Plano boxes. Adjustable dividers hold all but the largest raised panel bits, the plastic can't damage the cutters and I can see what I'm looking for before I even open the box. Being like I am, I also divide them, by box, into decorative profiles, pattern bits, straight cutters, plunge, etc. . . . . Sad but true. I also store alternate bearings (rabbet bit and the like), wrenches and shims in their own compartment along with bits that use them so I don't have to search for the right ones for a particular bit.
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    The plans were taken from a WOOD magazine. If you are interested, I can do a little more research and find the issue.

    WOOD December 2003, Issue 153, pge 69. It's a special insert by Freud.
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    Mine are in a drawer that fills with sawdust due to it's location beneath my router table. I'm outgrowing it anyway, so something like what Mack's got looks interesting...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mack Cameron;
    The plans were taken from a WOOD magazine. If you are interested, I can do a little more research and find the issue. December 2003, Issue 153, pge 69. It's a special insert by Freud.
    Great looking setup!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mack Cameron View Post


    WOOD December 2003, Issue 153, pge 69. It's a special insert by Freud.
    I can view a picture of this router cabinet online but don't find the plans anywhere. I don't subscribe to Wood Magazine although I do frequent their website often.

    Maybe I can figure something out from the pictures you posted.

    Thanks, I appreciate it!

    Jim

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    Since joining here, I have seen that many of you guys put as much into your shop set up as you do a fine piece of furniture for customers. My shop is pretty well organized but sure not purty. For this question, I would just drill some holes, approximately evenly spaced in a hunk of old 2x4, put bits in and store on a shelf. Blow the dust off when I need one. However, I don't even need to do that as mine came in a nice wood box as a set.

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    [quote=Mack Cameron;94862]

    The plans were taken from a WOOD magazine. If you are interested, I can do a little more research and find the issue.

    WOOD December 2003, Issue 153, pge 69. It's a special insert by Freud.
    If anyone is interested in further info regarding the building of said cabinet, a pm to me with your addy etc, and I'll provide you with add'nl info.
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