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.
2) Drill bits
3) Cordless drill
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)Then using the appropriate drill bit I put a hole in the topAnd a corresponding hole in the frontI kept going until I’d made spots for all the bits in my case.Now when I have a screw to use I can just keep trying it in the different sized holes until I find a good match.The same with dowels or anything else.It’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!