Introduction: ShopBot: the Colletsium! a Router Bit Holder

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Every Shop Bot CNC operator knows how frustrating it can be to have unorganized router bits laying around. We wanted to create a solution for storing bits that was also fun! In this instructable we will show you how to use your Shop Bot CNC to make The Colletsium!

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Materials Needed:


--Toolpath Generating Software (I use Vcarve Pro 3 in this instructable)

--Plywood (Any thickness over ½”, I use 1” Apple Plywood in this instructable)

--4 Screws thicker than your material

--Hand Drill¼” Down

--Spiral Router Bit

--Phillips Head Driver Bit

--Impact Driver

--Jig Saw or Band Saw

--Trim Router Bit (any thickness)

--Router Table or Hand Router

--Wood Glue

--3-4 Clamps (4”+ clamping capability)

--Scribe or Pocket Knife

--Sandpaper (I used 150 grit and 220 grit)

--Belt Sander and/or Orbital Sander

--25/64” Drill Bit (for registering while gluing)

Step 1: Download and Setup

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1. Download Routerbit_Colletsium.dxf.

Register Material

--Open Routerbit_Colletsium.dxf in VCarve Pro

--Set up information: X & Y dimensions of material or dimensions of entire cnc bed

--Thickness of material

--0 on the table

--No offset

Step 2: Setup Toolpaths

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--Based on your material, move and rotate the pieces around to fit (note that the compiled view of the file is for reference and not intended for toolpaths)

--Join open vectors

--Highlight pocket paths. This step is up to you because I provided extra pocketing paths for thinner material. Make sure the feed of your bit is slowed to 2.0 for small circle pockets.

--0.25” Pocket: Layer 2 second tier large holes, Layer 3 second tier larger holes and third tier fourth hole

--0.5” Pocket: Screw/Miscellaneous pockets Layer 1 triangle shape

--0.75” Pocket: Trim Router Holder, Layer 1 single hole

--Profile Inside Cut-Through: Layer 2 inner tier all small holes, outermost tier all small holes, Layer 3 all remaining holes, Layer 4 all remaining holes

--Profile Outside Cut-Through: All Layers outside shape. Add tabs!

--Preview the toolpaths is highly recommended. There are a lot of depths and paths going on and it will save you some strife to see what the paths will look like in the program.

---Save the toolpath.

Step 3: Install Bit

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Since this part of the instructable is a common thread in all of our instructables for Shop Bot CNC, on VCarve Pro 3, we have dedicated an entire, separate instructable for this part of the process.

That instructable can be found here.

On to the next step!

Step 4: Run the Job!

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Now that you have gone through the bit and material setup process you are ready to start cutting!

-Go ahead and press the CUT PART button on the red control panel and load file

-Start your vacuum

-Press START

-Agree to new bit, zeroed axis and tell her to run

-Stand-by with STOP switch in case something goes wrong

-Turn off vacuum when finished

Step 5: Finishing!

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--Deinstall the material

--Use a jig-saw or bandsaw to cut out the pieces

--Using a router-table, use a trim router bit to ease the edges for a more comfortable grip

--Open the router disk with two-pronged tool

--Install router bit with collet using wrenches

--Set the router to an appropriate height for your material

--Push the router going against the direction of the router’s spin (it’s spinning counter-clockwise)

--Glue up the layers by gluing Layer 2 and 3 together first

--Scribe the edges of the layers to avoid gluing beyond the layer overlap

--Use a 25/64” drill bit as a referencing tool, clamp the two glued layers together

--Use a wet paper towel to clean off excess glue while it’s wet

--After 15 minutes unclamp the layers and glue the back of Layer 4 and the top of Layer 3 (scribing beforehand) and glue those layers together. Cleaning up glue as necessary

--You can begin hand sanding the tops of the layers while the layers are clamped together. Otherwise, wait 30-60 minutes before unclamping

--Use a belt sander or an orbital hand sander to finish the edges

Step 6: Show Everyone!

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Now go and show everyone your fantastic new router bit holder! Want to custom brand your Colletsium? Stayed tuned for new instructables on how to do just that!


GrahamM31 (author)2016-12-10

Brilliant Idea

geodad6 (author)2016-06-06

Nice name for this!!!! Love it!

FaustWoodworks (author)2016-04-13

Very cool! I might expand on this idea!

CoyP1 (author)2016-04-05

What font did you use for the "Are you not interchanged?" Making two of these!

PedroM11 (author)2015-11-14

Just amazing!!!!!

kenbob (author)2015-11-14

Great instructable, thanks for sharing, and I Loved the name - actually laughed out loud - Brilliant. I would make one but it is a "bit" more than I need :)

mahdialias (author)2015-11-13

very good

audreyobscura (author)2015-11-13

Collet-seum! BEST PUN TITLE OF 2015! So good, and so smart!

Thanks for sharing this stadium-style storage solution ;)

monster30 (author)2015-07-21

awsome idea ,thanks for sharing ,GodBless

EduardoO1 made it! (author)2015-07-20

Thanks for sharing, I did !!!

Gracias por compartir !! ya lo hice!!

EduardoO1 (author)2015-07-19

Thanks for sharing, I did !!!

rrowlands (author)2015-07-03

very nice

alanrobertson (author)2015-07-01

Love this idea and love the name even more,I'm making one asap.

ramswaroopshankwar (author)2015-06-30


buck2217 (author)2015-06-24

Good play on words, but do I really need something like this, being the most organised person on the planet --------------------- HELL YES!!!!

I have at least 2 of every tool as I put them down and can never remember where, (things like tape measures I probably have 20 and I bet I would still struggle to find one)

Love organisational tools Great I'ble

Phil_S (author)buck22172015-06-29

Right on the button buck

Sometime after midnight, my tools get their little shoes and socks on and explore every nook and cranny of shed, garage, loft, house, van etc.This leads to the spectacle of a grown man tearing the place up, emptying the vacuum cleaner bags, the refuse bags and so on. I'm currently "organising" the garage so that I can find that "special" screw. How many times do I mentally note "Three #2 Pozi screwdrivers and can't find one"?

I like to think it's the symptom of a busy person, rather than a short-memory, drop the tools at 7pm worker.

No good having tools if you can't find them, till the next time.

Phil S

itsmescotty (author)buck22172015-06-28

ditto on the tape measures I can lose two or three without moving my feet, sigh.

Forget about tape measures; discover the distance between the tips of each end of your outstretched hand and use that to calculate the length of objects--say goodbye to pin-point accuracy but it's usually good to within 1-2% and unless you're having a bad day on the table saw--you can't loose or misplace your hands or digits. (I was going to mention the distance between my outstretched opposite digits, then realized...can't really do that anymore, now days, if you know what I mean).

vincent7520 (author)2015-06-28

Why using simple older solutions when you can have a complex and time consuming system of fabrication at hand ?

uwezi (author)2015-06-28

I REALLY like the design!!!

Thanks for sharing!

itsmescotty (author)2015-06-28

I did something similar but not as impressive and Google looking. Mine was simply utilitarian. Used furniture grade 3/4" ply. Stacked and glued two pieces together - the shanks rusted. Maybe I should have oversized the holes more or filled the holes with light machine oil first ? If I ever do it again I'll consider a Delrin block. Stuff is a dream to machine.

itsmescotty (author)itsmescotty2015-06-28

damn spell checker - Google was supposed to be good

John L (author)2015-06-28

Hey, this is neat. But there's a better way to do this. Instead of a jig saw to make the less than perfect cuts, why not use a band saw, with a circle jig, and cut perfect circles? Then any imperfections can be spot sanded.

KorinaH (author)2015-06-28

Nice a Good thing to put all the drill bits and more , thanks

dialmformostyn (author)2015-06-25

This is terrific. I love when things can simultaneously look fun and be very useful with little compromise either way.

What is the font you used on the text for "The Colletsium"?

Thank you very much.

nathan.stoddard.18 (author)2015-06-25

That's awesome... now I just need a CNCrouter T_T

Lorddrake (author)2015-06-24

Colletsium .. i see what you did there :)

nice play

CaseyB6 (author)2015-06-24

Nice design, think I'll make one for my router bits & drill taps. No CNC so I'm going to use a jigsaw or a rotozip

Mindmapper1 (author)2015-06-24

excellent idea love it

0bes (author)2015-06-23

This would take up way too much space in my small shop, but i love it.

designsbyleon (author)2015-06-23

Just what we need for out AXYZ at work!

mevans12 (author)2015-06-23

Both cute and practical. Takes up a bit too much space for my micro maker space but perhaps I can make one a bit smaller.

tomatoskins (author)2015-06-23

This is awesome! I've been thinking that I need to make something like this over the past few months for all my spare bits.

ADXMatt (author)tomatoskins2015-06-23

Nice @tomatoskins! You'll have to send us a picture of yours after you make it!

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