As your DIY experience and project scope grows, so does your drill bit collection. Finding the right drill bit in your collection can be frustrating when you haven’t kept them organized, so now is the time to start!
There are many different ways to best organize your collection to help keep your projects running smoothly! That said, below are our top 6 creative ideas on how to organize drill bits and keep them close by.
How to Organize Drill Bits
1. Indexed stand
Drill bits are small and can easily get lost if not stored properly. The good news is that a homemade indexed stand can remedy that problem.
However, you will need a block of wood, wood glue, and drywall screws. To make the stand, glue a block of wood to the top of another block. Then drill dry-wall screws through the blocks to hold them in place.
Next, use the different drill bits you have to drill their own holes. You should drill the holes both into the top block and the bottom block. Finally, write the bit size over its hole using a thin marker or pencil.
2. PVC pipes cubbies
You can also use plumbing pipes to organize your drill bits in your basement or garage. Some of the materials you will need include a circular saw, PVC pipe, and woodscrews.
Depending on how many drill bits you have to store, the length of the PVC pipe will be up to you. To create the cubbies, cut your PVC pipes with a 45-degree angle on one end. Next, screw them into a wall or pegboard.
Make sure to fasten the cubbies to the wall with at least two screws. This will ensure the cubbies are strong enough to hold the bits securely. Now you can secure your drill bits into the cubbies for easy access.
3. Magnetic bar
A magnetic bar is yet another handy place to organize your drill bits around the workshop. You just need to screw sturdy magnetic strips along with a wooden frame and then install it on the wall.
Your drill bits will stick to the magnetic strips, thereby making it easy to grab the ones you need. This method also makes clean-up easier. Besides, you can use it to organize slim saw blades or hex keys.
4. Simple tray
If you can find or even build a simple shallow tray, then you can use it to organize your bits. It will neatly hold your bits at eye level. The tray should be big enough for all your drilling accessories.
However, you will need to saw the back of the tray at a 45-degree angle. This will allow you to screw it into the wall securely.
But if you don’t have a tray, you will need to build one from scratch using wood. This will ensure no more digging through the tray of random drill bits.
5. Spinning spice rack
Another clever way to store your drill bits in an organized manner is by using a spinning spice rack. This method is best suited for organizing a large collection of bits.
All you need is to convert a spice rack into a spinning organizer. The rack should have a slot for each drill bit.
One of the best things about this method is that it does not take up much space on your work table. Besides, it is portable hence can easily be moved from one room to another for projects.
Last but not least, you can organize your drill bits in a chunk of foam insulation. A Styrofoam wall storage will keep the bits and other little things close at hand.
To make the Styrofoam storage, you will start by gluing a 1/2-inch foam onto a 1/2- inch plywood. However, you must use a foam that is compatible with the adhesive.
Next, press the foam into place and allow it to dry for a couple of hours. Then, punch as many holes as you want for the drill bits using a screwdriver. Lastly, screw the plywood to a wall over your workbench and load it up with the bits.
Keeping your workstation organized is essential. It ensures you don’t waste a lot of time searching through different tool cases trying to locate a bit. So, if you’re looking for ideas on how to organize drill bits, we hope you find the above helpful.