Australian Woodsmith 20th November 2019

Out-of-the-way Router Bits

I recently made a router bit storage rack from a solid-wood blank and mounted it to the outside of my router table’s base. However, in my small, cramped workshop, I was constantly snagging my pant leg or apron on the rack as I walked past. I wanted to keep my storage rack accessible, but out of the way. The solution to my problem came to me on a recent trip to the hardware store.

DRAWER SLIDE. Instead of installing the router bit storage rack to the outside of my router table base, I mounted the rack to a full-extension drawer slide. I then installed the whole assembly underneath my router table as shown above. Now, to access my router bits, it’s as simple as sliding the rack out and selecting the bit I need. And the best thing is, no more snagged pants.


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SAFETY IN THE WORKSHOP Safety devices, such as riving knives, guards on table saws and guards over router bits have been deliberately left out of the line drawings in Australian Woodsmith projects in order to make them easier to follow. It goes without saying that where safety devices have been supplied by the manufacturers you should use them. We encourage the use of push sticks as good work practice.
    Exercise vigilance and the greatest of care when using power tools, whether stationary or portable. Keep all your tools sharp and well maintained. Wear protective eyewear, a dust mask and a hearing protector when appropriate. By limiting distractions and developing safe work practices you will go a long way to avoiding workshop accidents. So, work safe fellow woodworkers.  -Editor
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