Introduction: Magnetic Drill Bit Storage Case
I've tried a few methods, and each one has its disadvantages. A scrap piece of wood is hard to make without breaking the bits because the hole needs to be slightly bigger than the bit, so you need to wiggle the bit while drilling It also isn't balanced so it tips over, and then the bits fall out, since they aren't held inside properly. Then they break, or get lost...
Styrofoam? It isn't portable - I can't take it with me when working outside. After a few months, some of the holes start falling apart. This tends to happen more if you watch Casey Neistat's videos! ;)
Storing drill bits on a drill is a good idea, but its only a solution for a temporary situation: when you don't want bits to get lost while working. You can't keep a hole (spelling mistake and pun kind of intended) set on your drill!
In this Instructable, I will show you how I organized my Spade drill bits, twist drill bits (big & small), brad-point drill bits, center punch, and Torx bits, which I use both for my screwdrivers and corded drill.
(Watch the YouTube video: LINK FOR MOBILE VIEWERS!)
Step 1: What You'll Need:
Below is a list for everything you'll need to complete this project. The parts are either ones that I already had (found/salvaged/made for another project/etc...), or bought (Hardware store, eBay, etc...). If you don't see something that you think should be here, or would like to know more about a specific tool/part that I used, feel free to ask in the comments.
I made it for FREE since I already had everything that was needed, but if you're planning on buying everything (tools excluded), my guesstimate would be that it would cost you around <$10...
Hardware & Materials:
Approximate Time: <1 hour
Difficulty: Super Simple
Step 2: A Cassette Tape Case? NOPE!
In the beginning, I came up with the idea of using an old cassette case and rectangular magnets for storing them. Both of these items should be around twice as old as me!
I arranged the magnets for the spade, twist bits, and brad point bits which barely fit inside, but didn't have space for the small twist bits, which are the ones that I use most often. That wasn't such a big problem, since I found another plastic container that I planned to glue onto the cassette tape case. I thought that was good enou-
CHANGE OF PLANS! ⁽ᴵᵐᵃᵍᶦᶰᵉ ᵗᵒᵗᵃᶫᶫʸ ᵘᶰᶰᵉᶜᵉˢˢᵃʳʸ ᵐᵘˢᶦᶜ⁾
I got reminded of the cookie tin that I use for storing my sandpaper sheets. ⁽ᴵᵐᵃᵍᶦᶰᵉ ᵉᵛᵉᶰ ᵐᵒʳᵉ ᵗᵒᵗᵃᶫᶫʸ ᵘᶰᶰᵉᶜᵉˢˢᵃʳʸ ᵐᵘˢᶦᶜ⁾
Step 3: Testing the New Case...
The new container should be big enough for all of my drilling accessories!
Also, the nice thing about metal (not aluminum) is when prototyping, the magnet doesn't tip over messing up the alignment, unlike plastic.
Step 4: Looks Good? TAPE!
After I was happy with the way the bits were organized, I decided to use double sided tape to glue the magnets down. Alternatively, you can also use CA glue, or many other adhesives, but double sided tape is extremely strong, yet easy to remove with a knife.
I removed the drill bits from each magnet one by one so the magnet wouldn't move, and then marked its place with a pencil. I glued double sided tape to one side of each magnet, and then removed the release liner (backing) with tweezers [See my Instructable for more Clever Uses for Tweezers], and glued it in place.
Step 5: Enjoy Your New Drill Bit Case!
See it in action, on Youtube!(opens in a new tab)
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Extra note: both my adjustable hole saw, and 3mm drill bits still haven't arrived from eBay. I'm also planning on making my own countersink bit, so that will probably be added soon too. Maybe even some Dremel tool accessories too. Remember, you can always move stuff around later! Perhaps if I learn how to use the impossible tools called the Tape & Die they will be added too. I also left some space near the magnet of the spade bits, since I might buy more sizes soon.
And while typing the intro, I got the idea of gluing a big magnet to the battery/base of my DeWalt corded drill, which will hold the screwing bits that I use on the time.
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