Router Bit Cabinet

Box joints at the corners of this cabinet let you show off your craftsmanship. Inside there's room for up to twenty router bits, plus a handy drawer to hold accessories.

Considering (he price of router bits these days, it just makes sense to invest the time to protect tliem. T-us cabinet is designed to organize your bits while safeguarding them, too.

SPACING. The bits an: spaced apart and held upright in a pair of shelves (see photo). Since the bits can't bump into each other (as they used to when I kept them in a drawer), the sharp culling edges don't get nicked. 'Hie space between the bits also makes il easy lo

«Tab hold of the one you need, lucre's even a unique approach to holding the bilsin Ihe shelf. Il prevents the bits from binding as the shelf expands or contracts with cluuiges hi humidity.

DOOR. Iliis cabinet also has a door lo keep the bits clean and free from dust ar.d dirt. And I added a pullout drawer inside the cabinet lo store and protect wrenches and other accessories.

WALL MOUNT. A simple two piece mounting system makes it easy to hang

Ihe cabinet in a convenient spot near your router table. And if you take your router out of the shop lo do some work, the cabinet lifts off the hanger so you am take ihe bits with you. loo.

JOINERY. 1 chose to make the cabinet case and ihe drawer with box joints.. 'ITiey're strong and also decorative. Rut, if you don'l have a box joinl jig. adif lerent version of the cabinet using simpler joinery is shown in the Designer's Notebook on page 73.

EXPLODED VIEW

overall dimensions: 10W x 4'-VieD x 13H

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CASE

I started work on the cabinet by making the ease. It's jusl a shallow box consisting of two sides (A), a lop (B).aud a bottom (B) (Fig. l). I cut these pieces from V*"-thick stock and used box joints to hold them together (Fig». I and la).

Shelf dadoes. Once the box joints arc cuL dadoes are cut in die sides for die shelves that hold the bits (Fig. I).

BACK. Nexl. lo seal up the rear of the cabinet, I added a hack <Q (Fig. I). It's jusl a piece of W'-lhick plywood lltal iils into '/i" x '/i" grooves cut in the sides and top and bottom pieces (Fig. lb).

ASSEMBLY. Now the case can be glued together. When dteghie dries. you'll need to plug the holes in the cabir.el top and bottom that are left from cutting the grooves in the sides. (See the Shop'llp at the bottom of page 71.)

SHELVES

After the case is assembled, the next step is to make the shelves Lhat hold die rouler bits. The shelves fit in the dadoes cut in the case sides earlier.

Tlie shelves (D) are cut to length to fit between the sides. As for ihe width, trim them so they end up flush with the fronl edge (Fig. 2).

BIT HOLES. .After cutting the shelves to size, lite holes for the rouler bits can be laid oui (Fig. 2b). But I didn't drill them to fit the shanks of my router bits. Instead, they're slightly larger.

SLEEVES. Hie reason is the nylon sleeves I used lo lute the holes (Fig. and the Shop 'lip at the top of page 71). They make il easy lo get bits in and out.

Note: Ik-lore you slarl drilling, it's a good idea to buy the nylon sleeves first.

And the quantity of sleeves you'll need will depend on your collection of bits with V," orshanks.

ASSEMBLY. Once ihc holes are drilled, the next step is to glue in the nylon sleeves. To do liiis. I squirt Instant" glue in each hole and insert a sleeve.'lhcn lo complete die case, glue the shelves flush with the front edge.

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