How to Open the 61637 Titanium Nitride Drill Bit Set Index Box

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Today, I bought this 29 piece titanium nitride drill bit set from Harbor Freight. It was a deal. Only $9.99 for the whole thing, if you have the coupon. For those without coupons, it was on sale for $14.99. Still a good deal. Unfortunately, when I got home, I discovered that I could not open the box. Fortunately, I was not under pressure and had all afternoon to figure it out. It took me about 15 minutes to open it with very little demolition. As is usual for goods made overseas, there are either no instructions or they are undecipherable to humankind. This had no instructions. So, let us sally forth and figure out how to open this box.

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Step 1: Look for the Big Yellow Tab

It seems simple from the outset. There is a very large tab with an arrow pointing down, and if you follow normal logic, you find that you can pull that tab out. Now the box should open. But as you huff and you puff, you find that it won't open. You get anxious and look for some way to pry it open. But, you don't want to ruin the beautiful index box. Well the next photos will reveal the secret. Hang on!

Step 2: The Secret to Opening the Box Is a Little Yellow Pin

The little yellow round thing there is the secret. If you can figure out how to get that out of there, you will have opened the box. It is not a screw, bolt, rivet or nail. It is simply a pin of some kind that has a slit that expands slightly to hold it firmly in the hole.

Step 3: As It Is Being Extracted, the Pin Looks Like This

It's a simple little pin but a big headache to extract. You may want to take it to your dentist. He/she may know a good way to extract something like this. Those mean little pincers could conceivably do the job.

Step 4: The Pin Is Very Difficult to Remove Without Damaging It

There is no tool I know of that will open this pin. There is (almost) no way whatsoever to grasp the pin to remove it gently and gracefully. Maybe if you drill a small hole and use a very small screw extractor, you could possibly remove it without much damage. My method was to use a big screwdriver and pry the box open. After that, I discovered how the thing was held together and decided to publish this instructable to help other hapless DIYers with this incredible problem.

Step 5: This Is How It Looks Once You Have the Pin Out of the Hole

Once you have extracted the pin, you see how simple the mechanism is that holds the lid on the box. It is simply a tongue inserted into a matching hole with the pin to prevent it from opening.

Once you have the pin out of the hole, the index box opens as you would expect. Just open it like a book.

Step 6: Voilá!

So, here is the open box. Simple wasn't it!

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stannickel

4 years ago on Introduction

I forgot to mention the tape at the bottom of the box. You need to take that off or cut it along the seam, otherwise you'll be stymied by that hurdle.

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KristinP27stannickel

Reply 11 months ago

Thank you!!! I bought it on sale today and couldn't open it. So quickly googled it and your great step by step instructions worked. The pesty pin came out easily with a pair of pliers.

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stannickelKristinP27

Reply 11 months ago

You're welcome. This is one of my very best Instructables yet. Almost 10K views. At $9.99, that would mean about $100K in sales for Harbor Freight. At any other price, it would mean quite a bit more. Think top price of $29.99 each. One would think that the Harbor Freight would have a small handout to give to all customers who bought the drill set, but that would defeat the purpose, which I assume is to prevent people from opening the box and taking a few "free" drill bits home with them. If they tell people how to open the box, how hard would it be to quickly open it and take the drill bits that one wants?

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atomfire

4 years ago

Ehat about cutting off the head and pushing the pin thru into the box.

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stannickelatomfire

Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

atomfire's idea is the best answer. Just cut the head off of the pin, and push the headless pin into the box. Open the box, find the pin and discard it. You'll never need it again.

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jnjordan37

13 days ago

I just pinched it with two fingernails and pulled it out. It is reusable. Sorry for ya'll's luck.

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Jorabi

4 months ago on Step 5

You are a saint. Thanks so much for publishing this! I wonder how many phone calls and emails you saved HF customer service! I think they owe you a trinket.

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stannickelJorabi

Reply 4 months ago

Thanks for the thought. HF has no idea that I even exist. The only thing they do is offer me a new sales circular when I go shopping there. A trinket would be nice.

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javadog

6 months ago

Wow thanks very much, Stan, for posting this. I pushed, pulled, and twisted every part of that latch and could not figure out how to open the box. They could just put the words "PULL PIN TO OPEN" or something like that moulded into the plastic next to the pin, but, no, that's not going to happen.

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stannickeljavadog

Reply 6 months ago

Unfortunately, they may not want to put the instructions on the box, because it would defeat the purpose of preventing people from opening the box in the store and taking whichever drill bits they want to have. It's an anti-theft device. My complaint is that the checkout clerk should tell people who buy the drill bits how to open the box. It's not like they are selling them at 25 per minute or even 10 per day. Surely they have a few seconds to show the customer which pin to pull out, and maybe up-sell a needle-nose pliers as well!

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stannickelRogerH117

Reply 8 months ago

That should work just fine. Anything to get that plastic pin out of the hole.

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KwaichangE

9 months ago on Step 4

Simply pry it up with the edge of your pocket knife until you can grip it with pliers. Comes right out.

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ajuran.aj

1 year ago on Step 6

Thank you for this much needed tip. I only tried a couple of things before I googled it. Funny stuff the solutions came up before I typed in ...How to open Warrior titanium. The yellow pin has a rounded head which is easy to remove once you get a fingernail or anything thin under edge of head. The little channel is the easiest place. Thanks to you my drill index is whole and so much stress and arguing avoided keeping my other half from destroying my box.

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stannickelajuran.aj

Reply 1 year ago

I'm glad it helped. I get comments whenever the drill box goes on sale. Especially now, I think it is only $9.99.

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Jaybird248

1 year ago

Thanks so much for this. I was going nuts trying to figure it out. After reading your tip, I found if you pull the pin up a bit, a pair of nail clippers will slide onto it. Then just squeeze the clippers and pull. It's out faster than a decayed tooth. I don't know why HF couldn't paste a sticker on the box about this, but that's HF.

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stannickelJaybird248

Reply 1 year ago

You're welcome. I can understand why HF would want to keep the box from being opened in the store and leaking the drill bits out one at a time, but after customers pay for the drill set, it would seem that HF would have enough sense to tell the customer how to open the box. So it goes. Thanks for your comment.

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RichardB468

1 year ago

Thank you for your Instructions.I would not have figured out how to open the box without your Web post. I used a screwdriver and was able to dislodge the post and remove it.

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