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
- 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)
- Ruler / Caliper
- Drill (drill press is best)
- Drill bits 3/8" & 1" & 1-1/2"
- File / Rasp (optional)
- Sandpaper / Sander (optional)
Step 2: Measure, Mark, & Punch
- 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)
- 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.
- Punch (optional)
- Using a drill hole punch, and a non-metal mallet mark the cross points of all your lines.
Step 3: Prep Drill
- Set the drill table to 30 degrees (this will help your bits to stay in more that a horizontal hole).
- Put the tower piece on the table next to drill bit and set the depth at 1-1/2".
Step 4: Drill
- 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.
- 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.
- (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.
- 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.
- Push your dowel into the center hole you made earlier (It's best if it's a little loose).
- Gauge the depth your dowel will need to go into the tower and mark it.
- Cut along the mark.
- Slide the tower down onto the dowel (again best if it's loose).
- 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