Screw Bit Box

About: I control the fate of the machine,not the other way around

Hey guys.
You know that moment when you have a lot of screw bits laying everywhere, in you battery drill box, on your working desk or just there isn't more space left in rubber holder.
From my point of view, it's really a pain when you need to use a screw bit but can't really get it out off that kind of holder.
So, in that case I made a great Screw Bit box which also has an extra little drawer for drill bits and other tiny stuff. Also, to mention that, it has 60 holes where you can store any bit you want.


P.S.This is my first try of embedding photos in instractable and my first glance at coding. I would love to hear your thoughts about it, as well as suggestions.
And many thanks to SelkeyMoonbeam on a great instractable showing me how to.

Step 1: Tools & Materials

Tools:

  • Electric Jig Saw
  • Battery drill
  • Ruler
  • Pen or a marker
  • Drill bits 3 & 6mm
  • Sandpaper 180P or 240P
  • Glue gun
  • Regular glue
  • Scalpel or a knife
  • Paint & a brush
  • Soldering iron (optional)

Materials:

  • Thin plywood - 2pcs
  • Plywood or wood ( 20 mm thick) - little piece
  • Pozihead screws 3.5x 16mm- 14pcs
  • M3 nuts and screws M3x20 - 11 pcs
  • Vintage little box hasp or latch
  • Little hinges 25x25mm - 2pcs
  • Plastic square box
  • Big marker cap
  • Sponge 14x14mm, 15mm thick - 2pcs
  • Little pozihead screws
  • Felt pads - 4pcs
  • Protecting duct tape

Step 2: Making the Bottom Part

First thing's first, is to define how big your box needs be.
For my case, 15x15cm was more then enough. So, I draw a couple of rectangles and squares on that 5mm thick plywood.One of those pieces,who came first was the base of the box, which was 15x15cm & 14x14cm square, where the screw bit holes will be. After, the sides of the box were drawn with dimensions of 14x4 & 15x4cm, the little cubes came next.
This is a little tricky part, where cutting with small areas can be tough. But be persistent and motivated.
Dimensions of those tricky cubes are 2x2cm, 4pcs and are 20mm thick.



Time to put all those parts into one structure which will be the Bottom part. In that case, glue gun comes really handy.
I'm really sorry for some blurry pics and I hope you'll understand it. :)

Now, carefully align the sides with the bottom plate and put some hot glue just to hold them in place, so that box like shape is made. Adding little cubes in that situation comes great, cause they'll provide support and connection of the following screws. Off course, place them facing both corners of the sides and glue them down with a lot of hot glue.

Step 3: Making the Bottom Part 2

When hot glue hardens down, drawing of screw points takes place.
Hmmm, but interesting thing is that somehow those pics got lost and I'm really sorry for inconvenience .

Mark the points so that following holes go through the middle of those little cubes... Mount the 3mm drill bit and create holes for the screws.
But be very careful with it, cause when doing that, couple my cubes just split apart in the middle so I needed to make new ones from the real wood.
Then, when the trouble with little cubes was over, I took 6mm drill bit to enlarge the front of the holes, so that screw gets flat with the plywood surface.



Finishing part in to put screws and tighten the whole box.
And now we can go in process of making so called screw bit plate ( I named it like that :) ); where bits would be placed.
I made 3D model of it so that you can 3D print it or make it yourself. Also there is a template of the holes, in pdf so that you can print it and drill accordingly.
Template of the holes
3D model of screw bit plate
I made my from thin plywood and then placed it carefully into the bottom part. Without the inner sponge

But don't glue it yet.
Next step is to add sponge which will give fluffy distance between plates, thus making you an easier situation when you want to use a screw bit.

Previous sponge VS the new onei couldn't find the right pic so I included this one

After you've placed the sponge to the right fit; glue it with some super glue and mark the points where screw bit plate sits fit with the edges of the box.

Screw bit plate 2.step

Step 4: Making the Top Part

Process of making the Upper part is slightly same as the Bottom part.
Again there are two plates with 15x15cm & 14x14cm of dimensions, but there is a difference in making the sides which now will be 14x3 cm - 2pcs & 15x3cm - 2pcs. Also, don't forget to make those little cubes with exactly same measurements as before..
Glue the pieces like in the previous parts, but with one exception. Leave one side with 14x3cm unglued, cause that will be the front part of the Drill bit drawer.


Of course don't forget to drill the holes & put the screws in place But, don't glue the covering plate, but instead of it, just make it fit really good. Gluing that part will be done after the hinges are mounted.

Step 5: Putting It Together

Somehow I managed to find in the local hardware store those little hinges and vintage little box hasps or latches; which I used to put two structures together.
Hinges are Dabels product and behave pretty well & are 3x3cm of shape, also they don't cost pretty much, less than 1$ with vintage hasps.
Lets return to the main course, right. Carefully align Upper & Bottom part so they are even with each others edges, put hinges where want them to be and mark their holes. *Remember that you need to align both of them & also, holes needs to be in the same plane or line, like the previous ones.

After drilling those points with 3mm drill bit, put M3 screws and nuts to hold them in place.

There is a little problem now. Covering plate of the upper part is going to hit into the screws and can be placed correctly. Thus, the next mini-step is to cut small channels, where screws meet the plate. Mark approximately the middle of the screws hitting the plate. Of course the length is 5mm and wight is determined by the space, which is related to the wight of nut + couple of mm at each side. ( dont be to much precise about it and If you get confused in this mini-step, please send a message. I would be more than happy to help).
I used electric jig saw to make that channels but also dremel will do a fantastic work.
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Step 6: Adding Vintage Box Hasp/latch

Appearance of that vintage latch is just so neat and gives a great look to the whole box & awesome thing is that they are really cheap.
The process of mounting it, is pretty much same as the previous step with the hinges. Align all the edges and mark hole points, drill and screw it down .
Important notice is when marking bottom end of the latch is : - first close it together & by that I mean the latch is in closed position. This is important because in that case you'll align both parts, thus avoiding one part being aside in reference of the other one. ( This sentence confused me a little bit, so if you can understand it right, then you'r awesome :) ).

Another thing to mention is that, there is a chance that the head of the screw can stand in the way of the latch. Thus, a little bit of sanding is required.

Step 7: Drill Bit Drawer

I noticed that there is a big unused space in the Upper part of the Screw bit box. So, why not use it & make it multi-functional; and store various drill bits. So that, you'll have everything in one box.
By the way, I really like making these fancy words, like the Upper part.


In this case your limited with distance between little cubes and the length of box. Considering those dimensions, which are 14x10cm and less than 2cm in height, I needed to find a box with similar requirements, which unfortunately I couldn't find quite a while.
I paused this project till I found it.
Took me some time to figure it out, that I can make it out of some old ice-cream box. Then I took the marker and drew a line with required dimensions; where the assistance of a knife was needed to finish the job.

Just to add that, I used a soldering iron to make new edges in plastic to make a better shape, as well as, to fit it correctly into the place.



I noticed that drawer moves pretty good, so then moved to the part in which, a side which was left unglued, is going to be screwed down or combined with that plastic to one whole drawer.
Put the plastic all the way into a box & carefully place that same side, while observing where holes would be. I marked it a couple of times until I got it almost perfect & then drilled holes for M3 screws & nuts. Also repeated enlarging the holes for screws; just like in the pictures. Then, if you got it awesomely then put it together & check how it fits.




I've got an idea for a little handle of that drawer, which basically is a cap of a large dried marker. Hmmm, see there is another use of dried markers. :D
You can cut it to the desired length & drill a hole onto the top; taking care of not breaking it; thus creating cute little handle.



After that, mark the middle of a drawer's front, where you want to be your little handle. Drill & put it all together.

Step 8: Sanding & Painting

This part is really up to you & your taste. I must say that I was between polishing it with clear coat for wood or just painting in blue. Guess what won? :D
And also the painful one, cause you'll need to put apart everything, sand it & at last paint it. In process of sanding I used 180Pat flat surfaces & 240Pat the corners, to smoothen then up a bit. After then protect screws and other pieces with the duct tape.
And at the end paint it in your color.

Step 9: FInishhhh

When the paint was dry, I've put all the pieces together again, removed duct tape & finally add some felt pads; for neater look & saving the bottom paint.



I've also added a sponge to hold the screw bits in place, because without it, they would get around & out of their holes; making a mess of it.


Step 10:

Now you've made your Screw bit Box & your pretty much amazing. :D

Thanks you for checking out my instractable & for taking your time to read it.
I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions of it.

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    Alex in NZ

    4 days ago

    Nice little storage box. Thank you for sharing it :-) (Also, you need more screwdriver bits ;-)

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    I'm glad you like it, also thanks for checking it out.
    I plan to get more, very soon. ;)

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    ThecknoDecker

    13 days ago

    On the bottom part you have full plywood(outer case), then sponge, then plywood riddle with holes and then the screw bit template?

    Little trick... when you drilled holes in your plywood we can see you broke the surface of the plywood between the holes... I tend to either tape the whole surface or use a sacrificial bloc of wood to go 2 layers (yours being the second layer) thus the friction will be minized on your surface and less tearing.

    Nice and ingenius project btw.

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    Yap your right. But I didn't worked with the template but instead I drew directly onto the plywood, the places where to drill.
    I really know about that. Thank you for sharing that kind of very useful information, I'll use it for sure. :)

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    seamster

    15 days ago

    I like it. Custom made storage solutions are always nice to see! : )

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