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Afew days ago a forum friend emailed me seeking ideas on making a portable case to house twelve cotton reels, the dimentions of which he gave me. I emailed him back with an idea. Later in the day, because I had no projects on the go, I decided to make a case as I had described out of MDF so that my friend could see a photo shoot in case he decided on the particular idea. I got as far as shot # 9 at which time I was called to my computer because one of my American forum friends was calling. It ended up a conferance call which lasted until it was feeding time, so the case didn't get finished and I emailed the nine shots to my friend.
Came the next day and I decided to clean the shed and put away the tools from the previous day and picked up the pieces of MDF and whilst deciding whether to keep or dump them, I got one of those sudden flashes of inspiration, why not complete the carcass and make it into a router bit box! So, from shot #10 comes the rest of the project.

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Members may have noticed over a period of time that I often use unusual colours of paint. The reason is not that I'm colour blind or or have poor taste, it's because I only use one brand of rattle can paint, it's locally made but that isn't the reason which is because they are thinners based meaning very fast drying time, ten minutes in the summer for the next coat and the cans don't ever splutter. These are reasons for buying the colours that I really want at the rather high price of $14.00, however, our local salvage yard from time to time gets these cans usually odd ball colours and sells them at four for $15.00! I'm not stupid!
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Harry,

Another classic tutorial, thanks.....

Where did you obtain the felt?

My daughter wants me to make a Lazy Susan for her dining room table and I would like to cover the bottom of the base with felt to hide the access holes/screws.

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Another classic tutorial, thanks.....

Where did you obtain the felt?

My daughter wants me to make a Lazy Susan for her dining room table and I would like to cover the bottom of the base with felt to hide the access holes/screws.

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I prefer to get the felt, which is available in many colours from SPOTLIGHT, I'm sure there are branches in all Australian states. Another thing that I often do is to use a hole punch of appropriate size and make some felt dots which can be glued over the screw holes.

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A great tutorial Harry. Like your bargain paint I have some "mauve nebula" Formica (high pressure laminate) for project use. When the price is 75% off does it really matter?

Just a reminder for beginners: Never lay your bits on a table where they might roll off or in a drawer where they might get knocked against other bits. One of the best first projects can be as simple as a board with holes to organise your bits and keep them safe.
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Harry....you are unreal....and thank you for the time taken for this little project...and a great way of instruction....why didnt I think of the cutter height and the hinge trick.....(bashing head on desk)...oh well...its another day tomorrow...........AL
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Nice one Harry, not sure how secure the bits are in the holes, but a thick square piece of foam on top of them will hold them in place so they don't come loose when handling the box...the photos are excellent and do well to illustrate the step by step procedure...you make it look so easy.
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Nice one Harry, not sure how secure the bits are in the holes, but a thick square piece of foam on top of them will hold them in place so they don't come loose when handling the box...the photos are excellent and do well to illustrate the step by step procedure...you make it look so easy.
It really is that easy, this is very basic woodworking, all done with power tools, it isn't at all like hand made dovetails which require lots of skill, my tutorials are intended to show various methods that I personally use. I think that it's a bit like someone who can draw, one can look at the pictures and say "that's nice", however if that person is shown various techniques, he/she will be in a position to produce masterpieces. As for the router bits, the shanks drop into the holes about 10mm, most of it a nice interference fit into the Aluminium sleeves. I think that the weight will hold them in place unless the box is upside down! I did suggest a sheet of foam for the original cotton reel case. Thank you for your kind words, that is what keeps me producing these photo shoots.

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Just to make it easy to rack your bits up, it can be cut to fit in your shop made box,glue it to your pull out drawer on the router table cabinet, cut it into strips to fit it into your wall mounted router bit storage rack...with glass (plastic) doors...

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