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Tutorial: Drill Bit Storage and Gauge

Drill Bit Storage and Gauge Tutorial Cheltenham RoadI am not good with numbers.  Really not good.

Anytime numbers come into play some part of my brain checks out.  It can be prices, measurements of weight, inventory numbers…addresses……birthdays….I will die one day because I’ve forgotten some key pin code I’m sure of it.

You get the picture.

I’ve muddled through but I meet my match when it comes to carpentry.

All the fractions just leave me in the dust.  I keep thinking if I just concentrated I could remember that 7/32nds was smaller than 15/64ths.  But those numbers just don’t mean anything to me.  I mean, it makes sense but I just short circuit when I look at them.

So, among other things, I’m always struggling with drill bits (mostly trying to find them as I tend to leave them scattered throughout the garage).  Figuring out which one is the best size for whatever screw I’m drilling or dowel I’m trying to use is always kind of a tedious guessing game.

So, when I saw this picture of a drill bit gauge and storage block  – ie, a way to both store your drill bits AND easily gauge which screws would go with what bits I had to make it for myself.  (the text at the link above doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the picture btw)

It is incredibly easy of course but also really useful whether you spend a lot of time drilling things like me or just want an easy way to save a little time when you work on smaller household projects.

I’m sure there is a commercially available version of this but honestly, it’s just scrap wood and the most time consuming part is switching out the drill bits.

Here is how I made mine.

Supplies1)      Scrap 2×4

2)      Drill bits

3)      Cordless drill

4)      Pencil

5)   Carpenters Square (if you want to be neat)

I started out by dividing my 2×4 into sections (just to make it easier to line up the bits)Mark the 2x4Then using the appropriate drill bit I put a hole in the topDrill Holes in the TopAnd a corresponding hole in the frontDrill the Holes in the FrontI kept going until I’d made spots for all the bits in my case.Easy Drill Bit StorageNow when I have a screw to use I can just keep trying it in the different sized holes until I find a good match.How to match a screw to a drill bitThe same with dowels or anything else.Drill Bit Guide and StorageIt’s already proven to be a big time and stress saver.

Now if I can just discipline myself to put the drill bits back in the proper place each time my plans for world domination will be back on course!

18 thoughts on “Tutorial: Drill Bit Storage and Gauge”

  1. I love the idea of the corresponding hole in front. I always have little odds and ends of screws and I have to kind of just eyeball them trying to figure out the right bit to use. I am definitely gonna make me one of these! Thanks, David!

  2. I love things like this all out of proportion! Very ingenious. I have never seen a commercial bit storage with a screw gage too.

  3. Not only does it look like something Daddy would do , but the numbers could have been written by him. Good idea and execution.

  4. Hey this is so practical. A perfect gift for the guys on the list as we’ve given them drill, bits, and this would be handy. So clever. When my folks thought we did a great job they said,
    I give you A+!!!
    So I give you A+!!!

  5. Oh I’m reading the posts. So maybe you could make a fortune on these at Christmas? And you know what? I agree with that other comment. I love the pencil marks. And I don’t think I’ve ever ever seen this anywhere but here. Thx again

  6. I’m thinking this would be a perfect thing for my 10 year old to make for his Dad for Christmas while learning something too. BTW hubby loved the coasters I got from you for his birthday.

  7. You could also add the screw numbers that correspond to the right pilot hole size. E.g. #8 screw requires 11/64 size for putting the screw through (which your front holes would tell you) but a 1/8 (I think) for making a smaller pilot hole to screw into.
    Good clear tutorial – thanks!

  8. Instead of pencil that will fad over time & use, use perment marker with fine point & spray with clear spray to keep from rubbing off.

  9. Hello,i have the same problem with numbers,and it turn to a mess when i start any project,thnks for the idea, i will try it and let you know.

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