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    Let's see your router bit storage ideas.

    I have run out of router bit storage in my current router cabinet. It is 4 small drawers. I have foam inserts that are set up for both 1/4" & 1/2" bits. I just priced out a new foam piece at $15 (ouch). So let's see what you are using, the good, bad ,& ugly. Tell me what you like or don't like about it. What would you change.

    I look forward to see your set up.

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    Re: Let's see your router bit storage ideas.

    Tom, mine is pretty simple. Just a couple of drawers w/ MDF inserts. One for 1/4" shanks, the other for 1/2". I've seen some pretty cool ideas in the magazines, but don't know that I'm ready to change anything right now


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    Re: Let's see your router bit storage ideas.

    I do as Bill does but I use plywood instead of MDF [simply because I hate that gawd awful stuff] however I need to expand to another drawer as I'm out of room in the two I use now. I too am watching this thread. Maybe someone will post a better idea. [fingers crossed]
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    Re: Let's see your router bit storage ideas.

    Are you drilling the holes 1/4" and 1/2" or slightly over?

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    Re: Let's see your router bit storage ideas.

    slightly over. 17/32 and 9/32"otherwise if the humidity goes up a little they are tight and may develop some rust on the shanks
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    Re: Let's see your router bit storage ideas.

    Quote Originally Posted by toolferone View Post
    Are you drilling the holes 1/4" and 1/2" or slightly over?


    It's been so long I don't remember, but probably slightly over. All the bits are a little loose and rattle when I open the drawers.
    I'll gladly tell you how I do something. Just please don't confuse that with the right way to do it, and almost certainly not the only way.


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    Re: Let's see your router bit storage ideas.

    I use one of these in my tool chest:


    It's foam and can be cut to fit any size drawer. Got mine from Woodcraft many years ago so I don't remember the price.

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    Re: Let's see your router bit storage ideas.

    Quote Originally Posted by toolferone View Post
    Are you drilling the holes 1/4" and 1/2" or slightly over?
    Rockler stocks some funky sized brad point bits to drill "over sized" holes.

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    Re: Let's see your router bit storage ideas.

    Quote Originally Posted by NCGrimbo View Post
    I use one of these in my tool chest:

    It's foam and can be cut to fit any size drawer. Got mine from Woodcraft many years ago so I don't remember the price.

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    Yup, that's what I have now. WC does not sell it anymore. Eagle America has it for $15 each.

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    Re: Let's see your router bit storage ideas.

    My router table is pretty much Norm's design from the New Yankee Workshop drawings and video.

    Its just a 3/4" piece of plywood with holes drilled in it and then glued to a 1/4" peice of plywood that's solid. The holes were drilled at 7/32 and 17/32. There are 3 drawers on each side of the cabinet. The top ones have 1/4" holes and the bottom two have 1/2" holes. The bottom drawers are about an inch taller than the other two to hold taller bits.



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    Re: Let's see your router bit storage ideas.

    I have a case that holds 66 bits (1/2") that is collecting dust since I built my router table cabinet. Want it?
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    Re: Let's see your router bit storage ideas.

    Quote Originally Posted by merrill77 View Post
    I have a case that holds 66 bits (1/2") that is collecting dust since I built my router table cabinet. Want it?
    Chris, thanks but I need to stick to drawer storage. I built a new rolling cabinet a month ago, and I am leaving the top drawer for router bits.

    It looks like drilled plywood with slightly oversized holes is the most common so far.

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    Re: Let's see your router bit storage ideas.

    Quote Originally Posted by merrill77 View Post
    I have a case that holds 66 bits (1/2") that is collecting dust since I built my router table cabinet. Want it?
    Hey Chris, since Tom doesn't want that case, I would love to have it.
    I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.

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    Re: Let's see your router bit storage ideas.

    It's yours!
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    Re: Let's see your router bit storage ideas.

    Thanks Chris. Just got to figure out when I can pick it up.
    I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.

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