I made this storage box for router bits to keep them from clanking together in a box or drawer which can damage the bits. It contains a series of simple blocks that can accommodate bits with 1/4" or 1/2" shanks by simply rotating the cube. I used inexpensive materials and commonly available tools.
1 1/2" x 1/2" pine or poplar stock, 2" x 2" should also work
Plastic shoebox (about 13" x 8" x 4")
Optional: Desiccant packets to absorb moisture
Straightedge (ruler or speed square)
Miter saw or miter box
1/4" and 1/2" drill bits
Drill press or cordless drill with something to make holes square to the face of the wood cube
Personal safety is highly important. Be sure to understand the operation of all of your power tools and related safety procedures.
Step 1: Marking the Stock to Make Cubes
Trim off the end of the stock with the miter saw obtain a square and clean edge.
Use the scrap piece of wood with the end grain facing up to mark the stock. This will make the cut as close to a cube as possible.
Step 2: Cutting the Cubes
Cut the stock next to the line using a miter saw. You could use a powered miter box if a miter saw is not available to you.
Align the edge of the carbide teeth with the side of the pencil mark to avoid trimming off excess material in the resulting kerf which will shorten the cube a bit.
Step 3: Finding the Center
Mark from corner to corner using a straight edge on two sides of the cube that are 90° from each other. You want to avoid the end grain sides if possible. The center of the cube will be at the intersection of the two lines.
Step 4: Drilling the Holes
Drill through the center point on of one side a 1/4" drill bit using a drill press. You can use a cordless drill if you have something to drill straight down through the cube. I used a doweling jig on the first few cubes since I didn't have access to a drill press at the time.
Repeat with the second side using a 1/2" drill bit.
The result should have a 1/4" and a 1/2" hole at 90° angles from each other.
Step 5: Shimming the Cubes in the Box
Arrange the cubes in the box to accommodate the bits as needed.
There may be additional space between the cubes and the box. Use a few pieces of scrap wood trimmed to fit between the wall of the box and the cubes.
Optionally place a couple desiccant packets in the box to absorb moisture.