Intro: Shop Project - Make a Magnetic Tray for Drill Bit Storage
All my drill bits were either setting loose or in the containers they came. I decided I didn't want to build a case, but a tray I can move to the bench when I need to use them. Also, I wanted to add magnets to lessen the chance of losing bits when the tray is dropped or jarred.
- Some plywood for a base (I used 1/4 inch thick)
- Rare earth magnets (more is better)
- Some thin veneer (one piece is better, but you can used strips of edge banding like I did)
- Drill with a bit the size of the magnets
- Wood glue
- Iron (if using iron on veneer)
Step 1: Layout the Size of the Tray
Lay out your bits so you can determine the size of your tray. Note any limiting dimensions your storage space may impose. (The cabinet I use can hold a tray of 11 inches deep.)
Step 2: Cut the Base
I had some 1/4 plywood lying around. You can use whatever is convenient for you.
- Cut it to size
- Cut some strips about 3/4 of an inch wide for the dividers.
Step 3: Mark the Dividers
- Set the bits on the plywood
- Mark where the dividers will go.
Step 4: Drill Holes for the Magnets
- Mark where you want the magnets. More coverage is better.
- Drill holes in the plywood just deep enough for the magnets.
- Mark the end of each divider line on the sides so you can redraw after adding the veneer.
Step 5: Add the Veneer Over the Magnets
- A single piece of veneer would be better here, but if you don't have any you can use iron on edge banding.
- Sand any adhesive residue away.
Step 6: Cut the Angled Divider
- Redraw the dividers on the veneer
- Hold the divider that crosses diagonally on the base and mark the angle needed for cutting.
- Match the angle on the table saw and cut.
- Cut the straight dividers for the edges.
- Glue them to the base
- Cut the diagonal divider to size.
- Glue it to the base.
Step 7: Add the Dividers
- For the other vertical dividers, cut one end to the angle for the diagonal divider.
- Cut the other end at 90 degrees, length to fit.
- Glue them in place.
Step 8: Paint, If Desired
If desired, paint or clear coat,
Step 9: Finished
I should have used more magnets, but this tray should be OK under normal circumstances. You can never use enough magnets here.