Bit Storage Cabinet

Bit Storage Cabinet

– So a couple days ago I was rearranging some things in the shop, and I noticed that my drill
bit storage is lacking. They basically sit in
small pullout drawers, banging up against each other,
and that can damage them, and it also makes it very difficult to find what I’m looking for when I need a very specific bit. So, to get organized,
I put a couple of days into a very simple cabinet project. And this is my drill bit storage cabinet, wall-hanging thingamajiggy. The Wood Whisperer is sponsored by Powermatic and Titebond. Although my focus is drill bits, you could store router bits
in here or other things and you can make this as
big or as small as you want. The idea is, you just have
multiple shelves in here, and you probably want
to pre-measure your bits and make sure that your
spacing works properly. But all you need is a
simple block of material you could drill for all of the
bits that go in each block. And now when you need a specific bit, you could either pull it out of the block or take the whole block to the workbench. I basically made the entire thing out of scrap stock that’s
been sitting around the shop. It looks like it’s birch and cherry. It’s nice to have cherry scraps, but going into a small project like this is a great use for them. Let’s get to it. The main cabinet parts will
come from half-inch plywood. The two shelves are a little more narrow to account for the back panel. Now I can crosscut all
the parts to length. The cabinet will be hung
with a French cleat, so the back panel needs to be inset by the thickness of the half-inch plywood. So to locate the back panel groove, I use the plywood itself. Using the same scrap, I can make a test cut
and confirm the settings. Now I cut a groove in all four case parts. I move the fence and
use my test piece again to get the perfect fit for
the quarter-inch plywood. Once set, I can run the four case pieces. The case sides need
some dados and rabbets. To set the dado stack, I use those incredibly
accurate measuring devices known as fingers. I can usually nail this on a first shot. The test piece shows that
it’s a nice, snug fit. Now I can set up my crosscut
sled for the dado cuts. A stop block makes sure that
both sides are the same. Now, for the rabbets,
I just set my workpiece flush with the outside of
the blade and make the cuts. With the parts dry assembled, I can measure and cut the back panel. Time for the glue. The glue I’m using here
is Titebond original. Now, I use this stuff on just about all of my interior projects, and for this drill bit
cabinet, it’s perfect. It’s really strong, gives
me plenty of working time, and when you don’t use
mechanical fasteners, you really depend on your joinery and the glue to hold everything together. So this stuff will do the trick. Yeah, so I like to use a lot of clamps. To dress up the plywood edges, I’ll use some cherry stock. You want at least some overhang on either side of the plywood shelves. Now I could rip off quarter-inch strips. You can smooth these at the planer or the drum sander if you have one. Alternatively, you can cut
these at the table saw, which should give you
a glue-ready surface. The first strip is glued
to one of the sides, making it flush with the outside face. The inside will have an overhang which will help keep those
drill blocks from falling out. It’s a good idea to scrape the glue away before it dries completely. Now I can add the other side and then move on to the
top, bottom, and shelves. For the shelves, I centered the trim, leaving an overhang above and below. Since I can’t get a clamp in there, I’m relying on a friction fit, and the tendency of the glue
to hold the workpiece in place. If you’re in a hurry, don’t
hesitate to use some brad nails. Once the glue is dry, I
cut the overhangs flush and use a scraper to
flush everything else. Now for the door. It’s really just a simple mitered frame with a plexiglass panel. I get the frame stock
from some thicker boards, jointing and planing them to about five-eighths of an inch thick and one-and-a-half inches wide. The groove for the plexiglass
is cut in the center. The saw curve is just
a little bit too wide for the plexiglass panel, so it’s gonna be just a bit loose. Each piece gets a 45-degree miter. By the way, if you’re interested in making some picture frames and learning
more about miter joints, check out the new free tier
of The Wood Whisperer Guild, where we show you how to make
several cool frame designs, all for free. With the parts clamped
up with a band clamp, I measure for the plexiglass panel. I use a little knife
specially made for plexiglass to make several passes. This happens to be the most
annoying sound in the world. (screeching) Want to hear it again? (screeching) And just for good measure. (screeching) Now I can add glue to all of my joints and drop the panel into the groove. From there, the band
clamp does all the work. Because miter joints are fairly weak, I’ll reinforce them with splines. There’s some pretty simple
jigs you can make for this, but I’m using my old
Powermatic Tenoning Jig. With a backstop at 45 degrees, I center the blade and make the cut. It’s still a good inch
away from the plexiglass, so no worries there. The splines will be cut at the band saw and smoothed at the drum sander. You could also smooth
them with a hand plane or a sanding block. Just make sure that
the fit isn’t too tight or the splines will seize
up when you add glue. With glue inside the slot
as well as on the spline, we could push the spline home. Use the band clamp again to make sure that it’s fully seated. To clean up the overhang, I use a block plane and some sanding. For the bit blocks, you’ll have to measure and
lay them out to your liking. I find, for regular bits, three-quarter-inch spacing works well. In some cases, the shanks
are different sizes, so it’s kind of a pain in the butt. Just make sure that the
holes aren’t too tight, as wood movement could
lock the bits in place. I have two sets of these hex shank bits, so this block will have two rows. Really, you can configure
them however you want. To attach the door, I’ll use piano hinges. They’re strong and super easy to install. Each hinge is about 12 inches, so I’ll need to cut one down. The hinge is installed
with the barrel centered on the space between
the door and the case. I use a self-centering bit to drill the first two pilot holes
and then attach the screws. Note that the screws will punch right through the plywood sides, so snip off the ends first. Now I can make sure the hinge is in line and then do the rest of the holes. The second hinge is done the same way. To help keep the door closed, I’ll install magnets at
the top and the bottom. I carefully lay them out and
use an awl to mark the center. Now I’ll use a three-eighths Forstner bit to create a hole that leaves
the magnet perfectly flush. I like to scuff up the
glue side of the magnet in hopes that it will provide
a better bond with the glue. I don’t know if that actually works, but it sounds like a good idea. Some five-minute epoxy
should do the trick. I like to press the magnet
into place with a paper towel. As you force out the air,
epoxy will come with it, so a towel minimizes the spread. Be sure to give the glue
plenty of time to cure before shutting the door. Don’t ask me how I figured that out. The French cleats in the
back can be any width, two to three inches will do. The table saw is set for
a 45-degree bevel cut, and both pieces get a bevel on one edge. One of the cleats is glued
to the back of the case, with the bevel down and facing in. The other one will be
attached to the wall. Now let’s add an overly sophisticated nob. For the finish, I’m using a
couple coats of Osmo Polyx. This finish is new to me,
but it’s very low VOC, and it’s a hard wax oil. Simply scrub it into the surface with a white Scotch-Brite pad. After it soaks in for a bit, use a fresh pad to buff it
further into the surface. I’m only doing one coat, even though you’d normally
apply two to three, but, you know, hey, it’s
just shop furniture. To hang the cabinet, measure
from the top of the cabinet to the bottom of the wall cleat. That should help you line up the cleat in the perfect position on the wall. I pre-drill and countersink for screws. Only one screw is gonna grab a stud. The other one is driven
into a wall anchor. And now we can drop the cabinet in place. Well, not too bad for
two days worth of work. And the best part is it used scraps that have been sitting
around for a long time. I didn’t have to buy any
material other than the hardware for this project, it
all came from the shop. So I saved some stuff from
going into the smoker, got some great storage for my drill bits, and now I’m thinking I
want to build one of these for my router bits. I love the fact that I can close the door and it keeps the dust out of there. Not usually too worried
about that because, you know, it’s a tool. If it gets a little dust on it, so what? But if I can keep the stuff
dust-free and protect it, great. The magnets work really
well, hardware looks good. I think this is a great weekend project. Thanks for watching, everybody. (funk music)

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “Bit Storage Cabinet

  1. Bruce A. Ulrich says:

    I like it! It looks really nice to just be a plywood cabinet. Thanks for sharing!

  2. CnF C.W P says:

    Why not make a bigger one

  3. roguemind says:

    Use the bits you intend to store their to drill the holes. Over time they will loosen up perfectly for a good fit

  4. Sanjay Sami says:

    I really wish I had watched this video 2 weeks ago !
    I built two 8 ft high cabinets and used piano hinges for all 8 doors, and having never used them before, I installed them like normal hinges and had a crazy time trying to align the doors.
    I feel like an idiot, now that I see how easy it is if it's done right. 😬

  5. Tony Jaros says:

    LMAO.. 6:05 –6:20ish

  6. Matthew Cremona says:

    Supportive and comradic comment

  7. Nikito RNG says:

    With a safe lock on the top and more depth that could very well be a first aid cabinet. Its a great design and the finish looks really nice.

  8. Aleхandr's woodshop says:

    Nice cabinet

  9. Thomas Russell says:

    So, a medicine cabinet with plexus instead of a mirror. That works.

  10. Doctor Don says:

    Thank you SO much for sharing that wonderful sound with us. Bonus….
    In case you didn't catch it the first screech….
    You get it again!
    Love the thoughtful share 🙂

  11. Douglas Mungham says:

    Happy new year Mark and Nicole , Do you have a way to contact Alex Snodgrass by any chance ?

  12. Riaan Oliver says:

    Nice build, Great idea with the dado stack

  13. Kreith 32 says:

    Really nice edit. Love the information flow and voice over.

  14. Kevin Youngblut says:

    I never knew there was a plexiglass scoring knife.

  15. Richard Hunter says:

    Just a tip – you can get neodymium magnets with a hole in the middle, which can be used to affix with a screw.

  16. Nikolaj Ruppert says:

    I love your videos!

  17. eldersprig says:

    beard of power!

  18. Craig Coe says:

    Nice little idea 🙂 just out of interest, how come the osmo oil appears purple? I've used plenty of the stuff and never had purple! Thank you 🙂

  19. dave anderson says:

    nice video, I couldnt imagine having time to make a cabinet for my drill bits

  20. bill schmo says:


  21. Crystal Soulslayer says:

    11:00 This piece of "shop furniture" has more craftsmanship in it than anything in my bedroom.

  22. wforl says:

    wait .. this video doesn't have any of Marcs wanky advertising in it, ….oh wait .. there it is! Just kidding buddy. I'll put with the wanky advertising for the woodwork!

  23. Carter Rosenbloom says:

    Thanks for the dado blade trick. What a simple measuring solution.

  24. Philip Quinn says:

    Cherry scraps haha

  25. Philip Quinn says:

    I don't like the way you attached the hinge, well I like it routed to where the hinge is flush

  26. Andrew V says:

    One the edge strip for the shelves some blue tape makes an awesome clamp.

  27. Aaron M says:

    Anything worth doing is worth overdoing. Good video.

  28. Josh Vermast says:

    Not only is cutting Optix the most annoying sound in the world, it's also absurdly expensive. Annoys me.

  29. Holly Smith says:

    Great solution to a problem most woodworkers have. I need to build one of these but it seems like I go from project to project and have a million little builds I never seem to find the time to get to.

  30. Robert Mielke says:

    Boy do I need to make this project. My bits are lying around and not organized. I love my Incra 1000SE & Miter Express used on my Dewalt 745 Contractor's saw. Unfortunately that saw doesn't allow the use of a dado stack but I do use a 50 tooth flat bottom Amana 610504 Blade in conjunction with a MicroFit Dado Stop to nibble out dados. I'll use the poplar I have lying around for my "thingy". Thanks for a great project video.

  31. Mike Waldt says:

    Very well produced, and informative video Marc.

  32. waite24b says:

    Love the project videos! Friday live is fun, but I really missed the projects

  33. Mark Hazlewood says:

    Marc, thanks for this. I've been playing with a cabinet design for several years to show off some collectible items that don't need much depth. The door has been my stumbling block, but no longer.

  34. George Muff says:

    Great project and nice job on the video. I notice you use the Grip-Tite on the table saw. I was saddened to find they are no longer available when I decided to add another to my shop.

  35. Tony Baggett says:

    Looks great! Can you use a utility knife instead of that tool to cut the plexiglass? Also can you use the table saw to cut the plexi? Sorry I have a project using plexiglass and have never cut any before.

  36. Ryan Elliott says:

    Great Shop Safety.. Wearing a dust mask and hearing protection when drilling and hanging the cleats. Can never be too safe! 😉

  37. The Wood Yogi says:

    Very nice 🙂 This is definitely one for a future build for me. Thank you ॐ

  38. Stamatis T says:

    Fantastic build Marc. A shop cabinet that is more beautiful than many pieces of furniture I have seen. (Is that sexy cross cutting sled from Incra ?)

  39. Lyda Shop says:

    Nice cabinet. what kind of dado blades do you have?

  40. J F says:

    Lovely and reasonably simple cabinet! It is great to see some actual wood working going on! Maybe it would be an idea to have magnets on the wood blocks that hold the bits, and the shelves, so that they do not accidentally get knocked over, potentially falling on the floor, while still being easy to take out as required.

  41. Sherif Taha says:

    very neat .. i love it

  42. Doc MacLaren's Tinkering says:

    Your shop furniture is 100x better than my home furniture. Don't sell yourself short!

  43. 146Jockey says:

    Funny Mark…I too use my scrap for smoking on my Kamado Joe. What rig do you have???

  44. Justin Hill says:

    What table saw blade is that? Forrest?

  45. Bill Hart says:


  46. marcindrachal says:

    Mark, I was watching this video on headphones…yes, cutting plexiglass IS annoying! 🙂

  47. Bubinga Marcenaria Artesanal says:

    I found it so weird that everybody on youtube cut a lot wood and theres so little dust. When I cut it in my shop is just a huge mess everywhere. I know you have great dust collectors inside the machines of course. Maybe I need to invest in a better vacuum..

  48. Bryan Greifinger says:

    Great video as usual, and i love that Incra Miter Express cross cut sled and HD miter gauge.

  49. D Blackwell says:

    A+ on the camera quality and viewing angles

  50. Way Too Common says:

    You're right about scuffing up the magnets. I'm a pen turner and that's an important standard step when gluing in the brass tubes.

  51. Harvey Ellis says:

    Great tip on use of tenon jig for splines!

  52. Bryon Lynn says:

    Did you build that awsome crosscut sled .wow

  53. Ben Marvin says:

    What dado stack is that?

  54. UBWoodman says:

    Very nice. BTW the most annoying sound in the world, at least here in Texas, is ‘Hey, I just moved here from California.’

  55. Robert Brunston says:

    Looks nice! Thank you.

  56. Curtis Clark says:

    I see you are still using the Very Super cool fence on your table saw. good to see. I have been thinking that I want to change. I have a 10" Delta contractor saw, so I will need to change the guide rail. lot of work. Thanks for all the info that you do.

  57. BEM684 says:

    Anyone else notice on the wall cleat, the left screw was a philips and the right a square socket? No idea why I noticed that 🙂

  58. Judy Francisco says:


  59. Conor McKee says:

    Thank you for posting some free content again Marc, we missed you.

  60. Crafted Workshop says:

    My word, that plexiglass noise is terrible. That stuff cuts fine on the table saw, in case you want to spare your ears in the future.

  61. Drew Good says:

    Hahahaha. Want to hear it again?

  62. ShamWerks says:

    For those of you enjoying the most annoying sound in the world : keep hitting the "5" key. You're welcome.

  63. Svetlik Muscat says:

    I have no idea about wood-work, but honestly enjoyed the whole cabinet process. I saw some other videos of yours for little wood restoring projects I did. So far you honestly have been very very helpful! Thank you…

  64. billiondollardan says:

    Did Mark get a new camera recently?

  65. says:

    No… I didn't want to hear it again… and again… and again… and for good measure… Where are my ear muffs when I need them? Great project, as always 😉

  66. Josh Rice says:

    Definitely a pro at staying true to his production style! So enjoyable to watch.

  67. Adam Lucke says:

    Hey, I had a dado stack come off my arbor under power a while back. I fastened my stack using a box wrench on the nut and just my hand in a glove on the blade. I fasten until it's kind of uncomfortable on my hand. I wonder, what do others fasten their dado stacks to. BTW, I now wrench the hell out of them and so far it's not come off since.

  68. Michael Pedersen says:

    Cool Dumb and Dumber reference 🙂

  69. EagleStorm26 says:

    What would you recommend using to practice planing on if you don't have a nice sturdy workbench bench yet and you still wanted to hone your skills with limited space in a 2 car garage or on a patio?

  70. Dave Dubanoski says:

    Nice job. One more thing on my list to build.

  71. Make or Break Shop says:

    Please change your intro to just the sound of cutting plexi glass…..

  72. Dexter's Woodshop says:

    Great video Mark! Where can i find that magnetic featherboard?

  73. Mostapha Andalos says:

    thank you bit storage cabinet

  74. Mehmet Aydın says:

    I think it's a useful video. Clean and good work.

  75. Mariano Aguirre says:

    I love it. Thanks for the video!

  76. TheJohdu says:

    hey mark, neat little project. i wouldn't invest two days on something like that though. but then again…my shop looks like crap 😛 anyway, im just writing to inform you that osmo looks awesome on wallnut. gotta try that out!

  77. Bruce Pate says:

    You said smoker. Now I´m hungry

  78. Kink Jarfold says:


  79. sliider1 says:

    I don't see why the back panel was glued for a thin cabinet just asking (amateur)here , otherwise I always digs your channel nice work .Oh and I'm building 2 of these but a little larger.

  80. Gareth Kortegast says:

    That's random. I was telling my father in law 2 days ago I wanted to make that exact thing. Very cool. Nice job

  81. David Cameron says:

    My wife's first comment was "That would make a great jewelry box." Thanks for all your videos!

  82. Lisa Stratton Kincaid says:

    And you one upped me again! I just did something a bit (pun intended) different and posted it to my page Kincaid Productions only to see your method…

  83. RhinoAg says:

    Love the project. As always, you’re a great teacher and narrator. I’ll echo what others have said. That plexiglass cuts perfectly fine on the table saw. Thanks for your time in making these. 👍🏻

  84. Александр Каа says:

    Хорошая работа!

  85. sureshot311 says:

    If there's ever a mistake made in a project, could you please use the plexiglass cut noise to signify that? Ha. This is a fantastic little project. Thank you.

  86. frodo says:

    really nice cabinet, but do you need that many hinges??

  87. Sam Bowen says:

    Late to comment, but did anyone else notice the SMB poster in the background on some of the shots? 🙂 Also one of the labeled shots "text text" Don't know if that was on purpose or not. 🙂

  88. Dan Holloway says:

    One note about the blocks that hold the bits. Don't use plywood or MDF. I have found from experience that the glues cause corrosion of the shafts. Which in turn can cause the bits to run out of true. Really good idea though. I'm in the process of setting one of these cabinets up beside my drill press.

  89. Woody Lakkham says:

    Never been tired of giving thumbs up. Once again thank you so much.

  90. befmx31 says:

    Mark, I notice in the video that you are using Incra's sled.  What process did you use to square the miter gauge?  5 cut?  If so, where was your pivot point for the calculation, the center of the miter gauge? (stationary fence would be at the very end).  I am thinking of going with the Incra sled since I already have the 1000 HD from Incra.

  91. SoopaFlyism says:

    Hmm.. it seems he's not using the Grr-ripper. To work safe, work smart!

  92. Angie Williams says:

    This is great. I kinda thought maybe you weren't putting out as many videos. You never seem to show up in my list anymore. I guess I need to hit the bell. I've missed quite a few videos. Thanks for sharing.

  93. CB Belanger says:

    Mark, which Osmo finish did you use?

  94. non participant says:

    Finally, a woodworking vid. without a screaming router or table saw for no apparent reason. Thank you thank you.

  95. Adalberto Valdez says:

    I had originally chosen a drill bit holder and drill charging station from another channel. Yours are simpler and more functional. I’ve got the plans printed, now I’m off to work on them. Thanks for your videos and help.

  96. Billy bob Smith says:

    You should have made a wooden knob for it. So you didnt have to buy anything. And what about adding a shim to the plexiglass so that it fits snugly?
    Really cool project! I liked it a lot

  97. TheBiggerrich says:

    There was this one time, at Band Clamp…..

  98. Trie Haryanto says:

    Nice job. Thanks for the idea.

  99. Mekong Giant says:

    I have never known before that each of everyone of us has a very accurate measurement device (which is also 100% mercury free) until I got to 2.24-2.25 minutes. Much appreciated. Great video.

  100. Felix F says:

    Wouldn't it be easier and more efficient to keep tbe twist drills in the index they came in?

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