Intro: Plastic Bit Holder Revisited
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
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
Two equal plastic strips will need to be cut out of the plastic bottle stock.
Step 3: Measure for Length
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
I used my measured distance to dimension my plastic strips to length.
Step 5: Determine Spacing
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
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
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
I set my clamped up plastic onto my drill press and drill the correct sized holes where marked.
Step 9: Slit Holes Open
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
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
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
A piece of scrap wood will be cut for the base. Its dimensions should be determined now.
Step 13: Layout Base
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
The title of this step is self explanatory.
Step 15: Glue Together
Glue plastic uprights to the wooden base. I used hot glue.
Step 16: Affix Label
I cutout a scrap of cardboard that I could write on. Then I put the bit sizes onto that cardboard.
Step 17: Conclusion
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.