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Theres a Better Way

How to Safely Store Bits in Your Router Case

comments (6) September 10th, 2010 in Blogs
grateful.ed Chuck Miller, editor at large

Video Length: 2:51
Produced by: John Ross

Keep your router bits from rattling around

Brian Campbell from Minnesota City, Minnesota writes:

My trim-router tool case has several triangular-shaped storage compartments built into its plastic housing. They are handy cubbies for storing bits, but the bits just rattle around in there, banging into each other in the back of the truck and getting dull before I even open the case. I used some scrap pieces of foam insulation shaped with a scrollsaw to make custom storage inserts for my bits.

The foam is actually tough to drill. The bit wants to wander, and the foam has a tendency to tear out. My solution is to use 1/4-in. pegboard as a drill guide. It keeps the bit from wandering, stops tear-out, and gives you evenly spaced holes. A 3/16-in. hole provides a snug fit for the 1/4-in. shanks.

In some of the tighter spots, I drilled the holes at an angle to accommodate large bits. I secure odd-shaped bits to the foam board with electrical staples.


In this video tip, Chuck Miller used a piece of peg board as a drill guide and as a template for cutting the foam. He also used a tip from one of his previous videos: Clean cuts in rigid foam

posted in: Blogs, router bit

Comments (6)

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KentH KentH writes: Why don't you glue the peg board to the styrofoam to eliminate the eventual destruction of the foam?
Posted: 1:19 am on September 28th

xavipaz xavipaz writes: to cut the 2x4 put the 2x4 in another way, make a good line
and cut in one shot every thing.
Posted: 1:01 pm on September 22nd

xavipaz xavipaz writes: its not abud idea.. but is more better do whit a special finish blade, better to doors and finish playwood
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Posted: 12:54 pm on September 22nd

grateful.ed grateful.ed writes: tipseeker--
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there are a bunch of places on line that sell them, Amazon among them.
thanks for your question,
Posted: 3:54 pm on September 13th

tipseeker tipseeker writes: I have been trying to find the kind of sawhorse uprights used in your last "Better Way" video. Could you suggest where I might get a set or two?

Thanks so much
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