Specialty Drill Bit Rack (rotating Organizer)

After being tired of digging through all those cans and piles when looking for specialty bits (wire brushes, sanders, files, etc.), and not seeing a lot of other ideas i decided to make a lazy-susan-spice-rack-style-drill-bit-rack.

Step 1: Materials

  • Materials
    • 4x4 at least a foot long
    • Something for a base (i used a scrap 2x6)
    • Bearing (i used a dowel rod)
    • Ash / Saw Dust (optional)
  • Tools
    • Ruler / Caliper
    • Drill (drill press is best)
    • Drill bits 3/8" & 1" & 1-1/2"
    • Saw
    • File / Rasp (optional)
    • Sandpaper / Sander (optional)

Step 2: Measure, Mark, & Punch

  1. Measure
    • Measure the diameter and depth of the shanks on the bits you want to store.
    • Measure and average the size of the working ends of the bits to get an idea of the spacing needed.
    • Measure the total areas and set up your spacing (i made a large and a small grid)
  1. Mark
    • Mark the rows along the tower.
    • Mark the columns along the tower.
    • Mark the center point on the top and bottom of the tower.
    • Mark the center point on one side of the base.
    • Be sure to label "top" and "bottom" on the tower piece.
  1. Punch (optional)
    • Using a drill hole punch, and a non-metal mallet mark the cross points of all your lines.

Step 3: Prep Drill

  1. Angle
    • Set the drill table to 30 degrees (this will help your bits to stay in more that a horizontal hole).
  1. Depth
    • Put the tower piece on the table next to drill bit and set the depth at 1-1/2".

Step 4: Drill

  1. Tower
    • Drill main holes on 4x4 (this will take a while) keep the side labeled "TOP" towards the high part of the table, that way all your holes point toward the "BOTTOM" side when you drill.
    • Drill 1/2" hole at the bottom of the tower for the dowel to go in later (or whatever size you need for your bearing)
    • (optional) Drill a 2 1/2" hole or a series of holes in the top for extra storage.

  2. Base
    • Drill a 1/2" hole half way into the center of the base for the dowel to go in later (or whatever size you need for your bearing)

Step 5: Sand

After drilling your holes will be ragged on top, especially if you drilled at an angle. You don't have to clean it up, but it helps.

  1. Sand
    • (optional) use a conical file drill bit or a round file to chamfer your holes, this will help the bit go in with less need for accuracy.
    • Run a rough file or rasp over the sides of the tower to clean off the splinters around the edges of the holes.
    • Run a fine fine over the sides to smooth it.
    • Sand (this is also a goo way to get rid of the pencil lines.
  1. Dust (optional)
    • Blow canned/compressed air down the holes to clear out sawdust (the exit end of a shop vac works too).

Step 6: Mount

    This is based off of my system with a dowel rod, if you are using a bearing that will be different.

    1. Insert
      • Push your dowel into the center hole you made earlier (It's best if it's a little loose).
    1. Cut
      • Gauge the depth your dowel will need to go into the tower and mark it.
      • Cut along the mark.
    1. Mount
      • Slide the tower down onto the dowel (again best if it's loose).
    1. Lubricate (optional)
      • Before you put the tower down on the base poor some ash / sawdust / graphite powder / oil around the hole in the base, this will help it rotate smoothly.

    Step 7: Organize

    Organize away!

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