Introduction: Plastic Bit Holder Revisited

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Previously I put up a similar bit holder. This is a new take on it, made with slightly different materials, and new techniques.

Step 1: Materials

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This project is made out of plastic bottle cut outs, and a scrap of wood. In this picture you can see the donor water bottle that I used for the holder that I made.

Step 2: Cut Plastic Into Strips

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Two equal plastic strips will need to be cut out of the plastic bottle stock.

Step 3: Measure for Length

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For my application I needed my holder to fit into a specific space so I needed to measure that length for the dimension.

Step 4: Cut Strips to Length

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I used my measured distance to dimension my plastic strips to length.

Step 5: Determine Spacing

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Now I need to determine how far apart my bits need to be from each other, and mark my stock accordingly. I put my first bit half the distance of my intervals from the ends.

Step 6: Clamp Stock to Drill

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In this step I am showing how I clamp my two plastic strips together so I may drill them together too. This way all of my bit slots will come out aligned, and I work twice as fast too.

Step 7: Select Drills to Use

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I measure the shanks of my tools, then consult a drill chart to pick the appropriate bit to use to drill my plastic with.

Step 8: Drill Plastic

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I set my clamped up plastic onto my drill press and drill the correct sized holes where marked.

Step 9: Slit Holes Open

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With my holes drilled I need to slit them open so I can push bits into them. Later I will refine my openings with a pair of scissors, but it is easiest to start out with a utility knife now to rough out the openings.

Step 10: Refine Cut Outs

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This is what my plastic looks like after I have worked at it with a pair of scissors for a bit.

Step 11: Test Fit Bits

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Time for a trial run. Might have to trim a bit more with scissors here. Once happy with holding action move onto the next step.

Step 12: Measure for Wooden Base

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A piece of scrap wood will be cut for the base. Its dimensions should be determined now.

Step 13: Layout Base

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Once the dimensions have been determined in the previous step the appropriate piece of scrap wood can be selected. Layout cut lines on it now too.

Step 14: Cutout Base

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The title of this step is self explanatory.

Step 15: Glue Together

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Glue plastic uprights to the wooden base. I used hot glue.

Step 16: Affix Label

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I cutout a scrap of cardboard that I could write on. Then I put the bit sizes onto that cardboard.

Step 17: Conclusion

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Bits are loaded into new holder, and the holder is put into place. I leave with a similar image to what I started out with, just with the new organizer in place now.

Comments

NTT (author)2014-05-10

How strange. I just made myself a tap holder too! I used my last cutter though. I'd you would like the plans just give me a shout. Nice Instructable btw.

pfred2 (author)NTT2014-05-10

Initially I thought about making a box, but I wanted to keep those taps in that drawer. I have other boxes of tap, and die sets. Those are my oddball taps in that drawer though.

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