Introduction: Unnecessarily Ornate Dremel Bit Caddy


This caddy displays Dremel bits while reducing the risk of damage by keeping them in individual holders.  It includes a drawer and a compartment to store additional accessories.

This project is a great way to use up random wood scraps.  Caddy includes cherry, walnut, purple heartwood, padduck, sapele and bloodwood.

Plus, it has sparkles...


Step 1: Materials

Materials

Top Shelf
1 - 3/4" wood 4.5 inches by 3.5 inches
1 - 1/4" wood 4.5 inches by 3.5 inches

Middle Compartment
1 - 1/4" wood 4.5 inches by 3.5 inches
2 - 1/4" wood 2 inches high by 3.5 inches wide (Mitre cut 45 degrees)
2 - 1/8" wood 1" high by 3.5 wide (Mitre cut 45 degrees)

Base
1 - 3/4" wood 4.5" by 3.5"
1 - 1/4" wood 4.5" by 3.5"
1 - 1/2" wood 4.5" by 3.5"
2 - 1/8" wood 1" by 3.5" (Mitre one end 45 degrees)
1 - 1/8" wood 1" by 4.5" (Mitre cut 45 degrees)

Drawer
2 - 1/8" wood 3 inches long 1.25 high (Mitre cut 45 degrees)
2 - 1/8" wood 3.5 inches long and 1.25 high (Mitre cut 45 degrees)
1 - 1/8" wood - 3.5" x 3.25"

Dowels
2 - 3/4" - 10" long
1 - 1/4" - 8" long (Mitre cut 30 degree angle on each end)
3 - 1/8" - 6" long

Veneer - Small piece cherry and walnut
16 - Swarovski crystals
Wood Glue
Crazy Glue
Shellac/Denatured Alcohol

Tools

Dremel
Dremel Bits
  • Cutter 125
  • Cutter 194
  • Sanding Drum 407
  • Grinding Stone 84922
  • Drill Bit Set  628-01
Mitre Saw (not pictured)
Drill and Hole saw attachment
Pencil
Scissors
Paint brush
Measuring Tape
Hole Punch
Clamps
Tweezers



Step 2: Drill Holes in Dowels


The dowels will be glued into the base and support the upper shelf with 1/4" dowel between them.  The top three dowels secure the shelf (you really only need one but I like how it looks with three).

Drill 1/8" holes in both dowels at 3", 8". 8.5"
Drill 1/4" holes in both dowels at 9"

Step 3: Mark/Drill Holes


Pencil a grid pattern across both shelves. 

On bottom shelf trace 3/4" hole on right and left for dowels.

On bottom piece of compartment trace 3/4" hole on only the right side (so that shelf can swing open to reveal compartment).  Cut out the left hand corner in a 1" square. 

Drill out holes for bits.  Drill all the way through the wood.  In the next step a bottom piece is glued on.  This makes it easy to make all the holes the same depth.

Drill out holes for the dowels with a 3/4" hole saw

Drill holes for bits - Customize to fit your collection (add sizes)

Step 4: Construct Base, Drawer and Middle Compartment


After the bit holes are drilled, glue on the 1/4" bottom piece and clamp until dried.

Use hole saw to drill hole for the dowel and sand if necessary.

Glue up base and clamp.

Glue drawer.

Step 5: Shellac


Shellac all pieces prior to adding inlay and crystals. 

Step 6: Glue Inlays


Glue veneer circles and crystals around shelves.

Step 7: Assembly


Glue 1/8" dowel between large dowels

Affix large dowels to base.

Place compartment over dowels

Place shelf over dowel

Glue in top dowels

Enjoy your well organized Dremel bits!


Comments

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burnerjack01 (author)2011-10-18

Very nice, indeed! I like the hint of Japanese influence. Utility with style. I don't think that's overly ornate at all, merely shows you as one who cares enough to go beyond "bland box syndrome". Good job.

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babyruthless (author)2010-12-20

Now I want to go out and buy a few dozen new bits just to justify building me one of these! Very cool!

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lemonie (author)2010-12-13


That's very nice.

L