Router Bit Storage Box
Dust protection and such
I had a few router bits sitting around that were in their
original packaging. This was sub-optimal, but buying a box
to store these in always seems like a waste of money. There
were only four orphans, and the other 8 bits I have came in
their own storage case. Why buy when you can make?
My solution was a quicky project made from scrap wood and
extra materials, put together in the workshop in an hour
or so. It's just a hinge-top box, but the bottom is thick
enough that holes deep enough to hold router bit shanks
securely don't go all the way through.
- The bottom of the box is a piece of scrap 2-by-4 that's
been in the basement for at least five years.
- The top of the box is 1/2" plywood left over
from the Toy Chest project.
- The ends of the box are square pieces of scrap cedar
from the Shoji project.
- The front and back are 3/16" plywood probably left over
from the Karabitsu project.
- I can't even remember when or why I got the package
of small brass hinges.
- First, I drilled the holes in the 2x4.
The holes are staggered down either side of the center,
and in each line they are 2 inches apart,
so the box should be able to accommodate
some quite large bits.
- I put a piece of masking tape down the center of the 2x4
to write labels for the router bits.
- Then, I glued and nailed the scrap squares
to the ends of the 2x4.
- Next used the 2x4 plus cedar to mark off
the necessary dimensions on the scrap plywood.
No measuring for this project!
- These long rectangles were then glued and nail
to the front and back of the 2x4 and end caps
to make a box shape.
- Inverting the box,
I marked out the required size for the lid,
then cut the piece to size.
- Holding the whole thing together with clamps,
I put the hinges in place and drove the mounting screws by hand.
- Lastly, I wrote "Router Bits" on top with a Sharpie
so that visitors from the future would know what the
strange metal items in this box were once called by primitive man.