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I'm getting ready to start building storage drawers in my new router table for storing my bits and I'm wondering if anyone else has used stryrofoam sheet for bit holders? I can't see it reacting with with the bit shanks but thought I would ask and see if anyone else has tried it with good success.

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I just drill holes in a piece of 3/4" ply then put a piece of Luan on the bottom. I think Styrofoam would work fine if you have some.

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the styro breaks down over time and any oils that get on it melt it...
I uses cheap foam rubber... laid out a 1'' grid out on it...used a narrow fillet knife and cut crosses instead of making holes for the shanks..
crosses will hold and dia shank as where holes are more size dedicated..
also the foam rubber will hold well but not w/ a death grip...
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I have a 2 x 8 sheet and piece of 2" white styro that my son left in my shop, probably part of an experiment in building speakers. That's why I asked about it. A way to kill 2 birds at once. The wife and her mom had lots of foam around from their sewing days. I'll have to see if there is any left that's the right thickness. I've used simple 1 1/2" thick wood blocks in the past but the bits get stuck in them sometimes and I was looking for something lighter and quicker to make.

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inch wide by 1.5 ~ 2'' thick strips laid tightly in the drawer...
no holes to drill or crosses to cut... just put the bits in between the strips...
infinite spacing is one fell swoop...

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Here are a couple of ideas below. I've read somewhere about drilling all the holes 1/2" diameter and then bushing holes where you want to store 1/4" shank bits. Think that LV used to carry split 1/2' x 1/4" nylon bushings but they should be fairly easy to find.
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Thanks Tom. The individual lift out blocks are an interesting idea.

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I made blocks from a 2 x 2 with a 1/4” holed drilled through one face and a 1/2” drilled through the adjacent face. With the two different size holes the blocks can be used for either size shaft.

To make them I just drilled a series of holes spaced 1 5/8” apart in a length of 2 x 2 first using a 1/4” bit. Then I rotated the stock face 90º and repeated using a 1/2” bit. The length of drilled 2 x 2 was then cut into 1 1/2” blocks. The extra 1/8” on the hole spacing allowed for the saw kerf when trimming the blocks to size.

The blocks are easy to store in any number of configurations.
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Hi Chuck,
I have seen styrofoam used by some friends and it works well. They used the 2'' blue foam that is much more dense than the white one that crumbles when you look at it. The frequency of use should be considered, if you use it one in a while it's fine, if it becomes a daily ritual, then styrofoam might not be what you are hoping for. I still haven't built my table but good news is abound. I started a new job in Nov. and have reconciled with my wife and we have recently purchased a home with a 19' X 24' garage. I will finally be out of this cramped space sometime in June.
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inch wide by 1.5 ~ 2'' thick strips laid tightly in the drawer...
no holes to drill or crosses to cut... just put the bits in between the strips...
infinite spacing is one fell swoop...
Great idea! I have always had consternation over the best means to store bits. This system kills two birds with one stone.

First is a spacing issue. It always seems that the uniform holes are either too close or too far apart, which eats up the space.

Second, is using a "hard" holder (wood, MDF, etc). The holes always seem to be too loose or too tight. Temperature and humidity grows and shrinks the opening.

This system allows greater flexibility with infinite spacing and self adjustable tension on the shafts.

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