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Over the years I have collected a large amount of bits. Most of them on the lower quality side, and a large portion of those have profiles that I have never used. I am currently grounded and recovering from surgery, I am limited to no lifting, etc.. and bored out of my mind. So I decided it was a good time to go through my bits, toss what I don't want or use and replace the low quality ones with what I want. I will be replacing the majority with Sommerfeld bits which come in nice boxes that I will probably keep and use for storage. The ones that I am not replacing have a variety of shanks sizes, 1/2, 8mm and 1/4. In the past I have used high density foam for the bits and this works ok but I would like to see alternatives before I commit to the foam. I have a bank of 4 drawers next to router table, and that is where the bits will be stored. Anyway I would like see and read about how you store or bits.
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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...
This system allows greater flexibility with infinite spacing and self adjustable tension on any dia of shaft...
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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...
This system allows greater flexibility with infinite spacing and self adjustable tension on any dia of shaft...
Sounds interesting, but strips of what?
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dense foam rubber...
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I went with the foam solution. My son left a 2" x 2' x 8' sheet of the white stuff in my shop I wanted to use up so I used it. I couldn't drill the holes so I melted them with a pencil type soldering iron. The 1/4" holes are a little big but the 1/2" are pretty good.
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Charles , that’s such a simple but effective setup that I never would have thought of it . Nice job

I’m wondering if I guy heated up a metal rod with a torch , if they may be a good approach for making the holes?

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I went with the foam solution. My son left a 2" x 2' x 8' sheet of the white stuff in my shop I wanted to use up so I used it. I couldn't drill the holes so I melted them with a pencil type soldering iron. The 1/4" holes are a little big but the 1/2" are pretty good.
Very nice, I ordered the foam and bits, if mine turns out half as nice I will be happy!
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Charles , that’s such a simple but effective setup that I never would have thought of it . Nice job

I’m wondering if I guy heated up a metal rod with a torch , if they may be a good approach for making the holes?
I tried that first but shortly after I started the soldering iron idea popped into my head and it turned out to be way faster since I didn't have to keep reheating the rod (or bolt as was my case).
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Another thing I have no worries about. I have a 1/2" flush trim bit in the router in my table. Then I have one each 1/4" and 3/8" flush trim bits, in their original boxes, in a cabinet drawer. However, I do plan on acquiring a 1/2" radius roundover bit, that will live in another router, which will be permanently in a router plate.

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I really like the foam strip idea. I made a box (chest?) quite a few years ago that has a false bottom with holes drilled for 1/2 and 1/4 shank bits. But the box is filling up and its time to consider expanding. I have plenty of drawers now, so I might just go the foam route. It's so flexible in bit placement.

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