I had a plastic organization box in which all my driver bits were stored.
Pretty handy, but I had one big problem.
Because both the used bits and the spare bits were all mixed up in the same compartment, a different driver bit was used each time.
The result: every bit has already been used and damaged.
I think it is important to keep using the same bit until it is so damaged that it can no longer be used.
By throwing it away and taking a new one, you start over with a completely new and well-fitting driver bit.
With this system, I was able to solve my problem.
The spare bits are nicely stored in the storage compartment, of which I have a nice overview of how many are still present because of the plexiglass.
The bits I use are placed in the provided holes in front.
When the used bit is worn out, I can easily replace it by dropping a bit from the storage compartment with the sliding system.
In this blog, I will explain step by step how you can build this organizer, as well as a few tips that you should pay attention to when building.
Be sure to download the free plans, on which you can find all dimensions.
Before we start building
To prepare you for building this project, I have made a few handy lists.
In addition to a few personal protective equipment that I use*, I also list the materials as well as the (power) tools you will need to build this jig.
* Safety is always your own responsibility!
Safety first! protect yourself!
Materials I used for this Corner clamp
(power)Tools I used for this Corner clamp
- Makita MLT100 table saw Watch my Unboxing video and my review video if you want to see more about this tool.
- Makita AF505N Brad nailer. Watch my Unboxing video if you want to know more about this tool.
- Brad nails 25mm
- Air compressor
- Drill press
- Hilti cordless drill SF144-A
- Kreg KMA multi mark and measuring tool
- Pica pencil to mark all the pieces.
Building the driver bit storage & organizer step by step
Step 1 | Driver bit Storage
To make the driver bit storage, take a piece of wood with the dimensions indicated on the plans, and mark where the slots should be.
The slots should be just a bit wider than the length of the driver bit, so be sure to check again. Your driver bits may be slightly longer.
Set the depth of the saw blade to a height equal to the diameter of the driver bit. In order to allow the driver bits to slide easily into the slot, the depth may be made a little wider, but certainly not too deep, otherwise, the driver bits can become oblique and block.
I cut these slots with the table saw and my crosscut sled.
Be sure to watch my blog and video how I made my crosscut sled: The perfect crosscut sled? Accurate | removable zero clearance insert.
There are free plans available to make this awesome crosscut sled yourself.
When the slots are cut you can mount the plexiglass on this driver bit storage part.
Make sure to predrill with a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the diameter of the screw so the plexiglass doesn’t break.
The driver bit storage system is now ready.
Step 2 | Driver bit organizer sliding blocks
You need these sliding blocks to get the driver bits out of the storage part. There is a slot in this block in which the driver bit can fall when it is slid under the storage part.
By pulling back the block you have removed one driver from the storage part while the other driver bits remain neatly in the storage part.
Start by drawing where the slot should be. Use your driver bit as a reference.
By setting the saw blade to a depth equal to the height of the driver bit, you can also saw a slot here.
When the slot is made, you can cut this part into blocks with the desired width.
To be able to organize the driver bits that are in use, make holes in the blocks.
I also have the longer versions of some driver bits.
So I made 2 holes in the blocks: 1 hole is for the small driver bits and the second hole is for the long driver bits.
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Step 3 | Driver bit organizer Bottom plate
This bottom plate contains a structure that is the same as the storage part.
In this structure, the sliding blocks can also move up and down to extract the drill bits from the storage part.
Cut all parts for this bottom plate as indicated on the plans.
I connected the parts with both wood glue and CA glue.
I use the CA glue for the thin boards of MDF and in combination with the wood glue for the border.
By using the CA glue I could continue working after a few seconds without having to wait for the wood glue to harden.
Step 4 | The last step
In the last step, you attach the bottom plate to the storage part.
I made the connection with wood glue and a brad nail.
If you don’t have a nail gun, you can also work with screws here. Always pre-drill to prevent the wood from splitting.
If you consider buying a nail gun, be sure to watch my blog How to choose the right nail gun for your projects. A complete nail gun guide.
I have used my nail gun for almost every project since I bought it, so I can highly recommend buying one.
All you have to do now is place the sliding blocks in the organizer and organize the driver bits.
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