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Old 09-10-2014, 10:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Any interest in pen maker specific drill bit holder?

Playing around with a layout for a drill bit holder designed specifically for pen maker sized bits.

I went through all of the tube/drill size spreadsheets and I think I pulled all of the bit sizes for all of the kits with maybe one or two exceptions for the obscenely large real cigar holder and something else which I forget.

What other information would you like to see in the quick reference section besides cross reference of approximately compatible bits?

I'll be cutting these on my CNC from wood. Each hole is .01 for SAE and .1 for metric oversized to allow easy insert/removal. I'll have to play with that a bit once I cut some prototypes to make sure that's enough clearance.

I haven't drawn up a 3D version yet, but I figure the upper deck to be either 1/2" or 3/4" material with through holes for the bits and some 1/2" standoffs underneath with a lower platform for the stop.

Depending on the wood I end up using and figuring out the best way to color in the engravings, I'm targeting around a $20-25 price point. So I guess the question is would there be interest and what changes would you like to see?
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As shown, the size is 8" x 4.5"
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I'm a buyer!

Great idea.

If like to fashion some kind of cover to put over the top for mine but that would be on me.
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A cover might be interesting actually but would take more material to make than the actual unit itself. Plus drill bit lengths are not standard, so it would have to be based off of your longest bit.

I'd have to look into that on a one-off basis.
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That's a great idea Carl & I'd definitely want one.
My only suggestions would be to add 12.5 mm ~ .492 & 14 mm ~ 35/64 to the reference section.

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I can do that.

Are there any kits out there that still need a 12mm bit? I omitted that size because I either didn't see any current kits or just overlooked it in the bushing reference files.
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Great idea.

If like to fashion some kind of cover to put over the top for mine but that would be on me.
The inner rectangle of the box was meant to be an inset pocket, but it could just as easily be flipped so it stands proud and the outer ring would be recessed to index a lid in place. I actually do like that idea the more I think about it.
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Here are the 2 additional references

Also added a version with the SAE decimal conversion under each.

What remains to be seen is how well small type engraving will show up in wood.
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Having a lip so that a cover could be made from thin ply maybe?

Carving out all the material for a cover seems like a waste of wood.
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No, I wouldn't be carving it out. I was referring to the part you see in the picture. The outline was going to be raised while the area for the bits was to be recessed. I can flip that so it has a rabbit around the outside to hold a 1/4" wood box so to speak as the lid.
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