Before my wife drove over it in the garage, I had one of those boxes I
picked up at Costco that held your drill and had a large assortment of
drill and screwdriver bits and various accessories. It was a black
plastic job, where each side actually kind of folded to form the walls
of the box. In any case, the drill bits and accessories are still
fine, but the box itself is toast. Do they sell boxes like this where
I could store the large collection of bits and accessories? If so,
any recommendation on a brand?
Often fishing tackle boxes have dividers or plastic boxes in them to separate
lures. You can also visit the local BORG or Lowes to see what sorts of tool
boxes they have. WallyWorld is also a possibility.
On Mon, 31 May 2010 11:05:03 -0700 (PDT), "hr(bob) email@example.com"
Check with Lowe's, Home Depot, or large indy hardware. What you are
seeking is commonly known as a "drill index". It has openings for
various bit sizes with size on the index openings. I have one that is
40 years old.
The one that I have had for many years contained a Black & Decker
"Holgun" 1/4" drill with the bit index. I purchased it from Graybar
Electric Supply around 1960 so it's a bit over 40. The Holgun went
south 20 or so years ago and now I have a small battery powered drill
in its place for quick, minor repairs.
Here is the plan for drill bits.
First buy an index that has 1 of each.
As these bits break, then you go to the machine shop supply and get
replacement bits for those sizes in quantities of 3-6.
You refill the index with a drill from the envelope, and then have all of
On the more common sizes I also buy a pack of "stub" drills. These are
shorter than jobbers length, so they snap less, and most of the time you
really do not need the additional length.
I also use taps often, so I also get a pack of the tap drills for the common
sizes (8-32 10-24 10-32 1/4-20) and keep these drills with the taps. (You
may note I omitted the 6-32 from my list. This is because I refuse to use
that size because the screws and the taps are so course that they are way
About the time I had mastered getting the toothpaste back in the tube, then
Wow, thanks for all the input. I do appreciate it.
Most of the empty drill bit indexes I could find online only had slots
for the bits themselves, not the accessories. Then it occurred to me
that I don't *need* to keep my drill in the box, I still have the
original case for it. So maybe I'll just spring for a new drill bit
set and bequeath my current set to a broke college student about to
break out on his own.
I see that Amazon has a drill bit set that would replace much of what
I currently have in my big ol' box:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
But I'm unfamiliar with Denali. Is that a reputable brand? Amazon
also carries a set by Black & Decker, but I've been very unimpressed
with B&D products in recent years.
This from the link you provided:
Named after the tallest mountain range in North America, Denali tools
stand above the rest in providing an exceptional blend of quality
craftsmanship, professional-grade features, and customer value."
Ummm, well, Denali is a mountain, not a range, and I really have no
idea what a mountain has to do with tools or drill bits. Available
only on Amazon means it's almost assuredly an Asian-import of
acceptable quality. How long will the bits last? No idea.
Is her sewing box big enough to hold your drill, and are the side trays
big enough to hold bits?
Wish I had a real suggestion, but the design and size of toolboxes
varies so much from year to year, that about all you can do is go
shopping. They are available online, but I do not recommend that for a
toolbox (other than maybe surplus mil-spec Zero or Pelican boxes, like
MPJA.com and others sometimes carry). Dimensions given are usually
pretty sketchy, and you really can't tell the quality till you get your
hands on it. You need to make sure the catches won't fight/pinch you,
that the handle will stay attached, and the plastic is good enough and
thick enough that the whole thing will carry the weight you need.
Plano is usually a pretty good brand for plastic boxes. The no-name
boxes at BigLots are usually crap, but sometimes some good ones sneak
in, like from a chain that went belly-up. Craftsman boxes are
overpriced, IMHO, unless you catch a sale. (Like fathers day in a few
weeks will probably have some.) Harbor Freight boxes have not impressed
me. In addition to the fishing tackle places others suggested, I'd try
the local craft/sewing stores, and the local Tractor Supply or similar,
as well. The local industrial supply will have very nice ones (like for
guys who use them all day every day), but you will cry at the price.
Off the wall suggestion, if you aren't fussy about provenance- local
Goodwill or Salvation Army, and an old hard-side 5" briefcase. (garage
sale season is nearing peak around here, too.) You will still need some
of the flat see-through non-brittle plastic boxes to hold the bits and
such. Need a large enough case that the drill can sit in one side, and
3-4 of the see-through plastic small boxes on the other. My at-work tool
kit of cheap tools that I keep under my desk is in an old
government-issue briefcase with a taped-shut crack on one side. People
steal stuff all the time where I work, but 2nd and 3rd shift have never
apparently looked twice at it, while good tool bags and boxes grow legs
all the time.
Or send your wife out shopping- put it in terms of a purse, and she may
even enjoy the hunt. Just make sure to send dimensions and a tape
measure with her.
What a perfect opportunity for a whole new set, box and all! Empty drill
indexes are available at HF, and other cheapie stores, maybe even some of
the holders for those hex bits. I have taken a 2 x 4 and drilled specific
holes in it for a holder, the last one having six holes in it for air hose
tools, like inflator, blower, short inflator, long inflator, etc.
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