Most router-bit storage systems force you to guess how many bits you'll add to your arsenal in the coming years.

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Most router-bit storage systems force you to guess how many bits you'll add to your arsenal in the coming years. Dave Campbell of the WOOD® magazine staff neatly sidestepped that dilemma by designing this modular storage system that fits in any drawer and easily grows to meet your expanding bit collection.

A 1-2-3 progression of block sizes maximizes the number of possible arrangements. Dave set aside one large square and drilled it to hold rotary-tool bits.

To build your modular storage, rip 34 " medium-density fiberboard (MDF) into 114 "-, 212 "-, and 334 "-wide strips, then crosscut them into squares. For easy bit removal, drill centered, slightly oversized holes: 1764 " and 13mm holes for 14 "- and 12 "-shank router bits, and 764 " and 964 " holes for 332 "- and 18 "-shank high-speed rotary-tool bits.

Note: Finding a 3364 " bit to drill the oversized holes for 12 " shanks is nearly impossible. Commonly used to install metric hardware, a 13mm bit is a readily available substitute.

Slightly countersink the holes' edges. Chamfer the blocks' top edges on your table-mounted router. Hold the parts with a padded jointer pushblock to keep your fingers safely away from the router bit.

Pour some Danish oil-type finish into a small container and dip the blocks. After wiping off the excess finish with a rag, dry the blocks on a window screen propped on sawhorses.

With the finish dry, arrange the blocks in your drawer. Fill the extra space in the drawer with snug-fitting pieces of 14 " hardboard. You can use these tray-like spaces for storing accessories.