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    Home for another round of welding. I bought a Shop Notes magazine a while back, and it had some cool projects for router bit cabinets. Well, now that the garage shop is getting really cluttered, I figured it was time to make one for router bits and one for drill bits to put next to the drill press. Shop Notes made theirs out of wood, and I wanted to make mine out of metal since the humidity here is out of control.

    Bought a Harbor Freight sheet brake for $250. Now I have a heavy paperweight. That thing is junk, but I'll try to make it work when I get some time to monkey around with it. So for making my cabinets, it was a lot more welding.

    First day pics. Hopefully my welding is getting a little better, but that's what grinders are for. Welded some piano hinges on the doors, and some lockable latches since Bosch thinks highly of their bits. Will post more pics later.
    Attached Files
    MillerMatic 252
    Spoolmate 200
    Diversion 165
    Spectrum 625 X-Treme
    Dayton 6" Miter Band Saw
    Delta Drill Press
    Bosch 10" Table Saw
    Bosch 12" Double Bevel Miter Saw
    Jet 5 Ton Chain Hoist
    Radnor O/A

    and this heavy duty table I made

    sigpic

  • #2
    i dont see router bit cabs in the images however it does look like a tight project!

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    • #3
      Hold your horses. Haha. I'm slow. Making the trays today after fixing the lawnmower and mowing the lettuce. I'll post up more pics tomorrow.
      MillerMatic 252
      Spoolmate 200
      Diversion 165
      Spectrum 625 X-Treme
      Dayton 6" Miter Band Saw
      Delta Drill Press
      Bosch 10" Table Saw
      Bosch 12" Double Bevel Miter Saw
      Jet 5 Ton Chain Hoist
      Radnor O/A

      and this heavy duty table I made

      sigpic

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      • #4
        Looks like a great start, keep the pictures coming.

        Gord
        http://gordsgarage.wordpress.com

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        • #5
          I bought a stanley tool box just to store bits in, works great but you need to keep the drawers closed when drilling or they catch chips.

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          • #6
            Been playing with nieces and nephews visiting the folks and trying to get things ready to go back on the road. So here's an update on the cabinets. Got my trays made and Plexiglas cut. Tapped some pieces of angle to hold the Plexi in place. I was going to pre-mount them but didn't get lag screws long enough. So, tomorrow I'll prime and paint the cabinets and get everything mounted. Should be finished.
            Attached Files
            MillerMatic 252
            Spoolmate 200
            Diversion 165
            Spectrum 625 X-Treme
            Dayton 6" Miter Band Saw
            Delta Drill Press
            Bosch 10" Table Saw
            Bosch 12" Double Bevel Miter Saw
            Jet 5 Ton Chain Hoist
            Radnor O/A

            and this heavy duty table I made

            sigpic

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            • #7
              Done. Or mostly done. The router bit cabinet is done and has space for another tray. I'll have to cut off a magnet tab if I do, but that's no big deal. The drill bit cabinet is a different story. I was trying to drill the bit holes in the acrylic and was using Dewalt's Pilot Point bits. Well, if you are going to drill acrylic, use a Split Point bit. Otherwise you are going to mangle your acrylic really badly. So the drill bit cabinet isn't finished.

              Here's an unfinished mounted cabinet and then the router cabinet with trays.
              Attached Files
              MillerMatic 252
              Spoolmate 200
              Diversion 165
              Spectrum 625 X-Treme
              Dayton 6" Miter Band Saw
              Delta Drill Press
              Bosch 10" Table Saw
              Bosch 12" Double Bevel Miter Saw
              Jet 5 Ton Chain Hoist
              Radnor O/A

              and this heavy duty table I made

              sigpic

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              • #8
                Bit Cabinets

                Look good nice job.

                M J Mauer, Andover, Ohio
                Lincoln A/C 225
                Everlast PA200

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