My workshop is primarily car-centric, mostly restoration and car stereo installation focused, with some woodworking and construction thrown in for good measure. Tons of tools, storage and supplies, very little space, since it's a low ceiling 13x20 ft car and a half garage. As a result, my OCD has found another hobby - as my brother says - "Ultra High Density Storage", which is really under valued in this day and age, with all the silly "modern" things like staging your house, de-cluttering and "professional" organizing; none of which speak to anyone with a functioning workshop.
Obviously, having the most commonly needed items a hand reach away is one of the cornerstones of making your shop yours.
Having recently joined this forum and embracing the woodworking world, along with it's friendly and nice citizenry (thats' all you guys and girls on here!) please allow me to throw in my perspective on your situation.
I started off my router setup by exhuming two routers and 10 bits I have owned since the 90s. I then added 3 more routers and about 20 more bits as well as a table and a bunch of the ancillary items that will be needed to produce some decent "woodworking" for several upcoming high end car stereo installations, including a highly hot rodded 56 Mercury that is destined for SEMA 2020.
Storing router bits effectively was accomplished using the Rockler multi bit storage inserts, mostly when they went on sale, lol. Obviously your scenario will incorporate large panel style bits which I don't own (yet?), meaning larger spacing is required. Here is a little holder I built that stores the bits easily, and they don't fall out when being moved. I have no space for a router table with integrated drawers, so these live in various spots for now.
These little inserts offer 1/4 and 1/2" bit storage, and can also be used for driver/drill bits etc. Flexible and they hold the items tightly in place without being awkward to remove. I would do a scale sketch of your drawer(s) and lay out 2 (or 3?) identically sized plates per drawer, offering 2 or 3 different holder spacings with the same footprint. These can then be rotated and moved around in the drawers, depending on your project that day while always being organized, neat tidy and most space efficient.
This is similar to a lot of mechanics tool chest socket drawer layouts, since multiple sockets often need to accompany the tech to the car he/she is working on.
Some pics (incl a pair of Dynaudio speaker pods currently under construction) to make this lengthy diatribe more legitimate and hopefully entertaining/interesting, lol.
Happy New Year Everyone!
a 16 year old hooligan stuck in a 55 year old's carcass
Last edited by tulowd; 01-02-2020 at 09:03 AM.