Storing End Mills

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Storing End Mills

Post by kroll » Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:52 pm

Guys I have been on the hunt for a method to store end mills in my Sears tool box drawers along with my taps and drill bits.So what I am looking for is something that has slots that maybe a 3/4 radius or concave that would hold say a 3/4 end mill or drill bit of that size down to maybe 1/4.The Sears drawer is say 23"x16" so I like to find some kind of tray or trays that could be put next to each other.I found a pic but there is no information on the trays in the pic.Others have also search but the post I found is over a year old,but maybe thinking outside the box something would work for this ideal.Any ideals,links or pics to what you have or know of?
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Re: Storing End Mills

Post by jcfx » Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:56 pm

Found the original source for that picture, it's going to be a DIY ( beware it's pop up/ ad heavy forum )-
https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/sho ... &showall=1

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Re: Storing End Mills

Post by kroll » Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:59 am

I be dang,DIY it looks so perfect.Thank you jcfx,I have been looking for the source for long time and also on another forum they been looking for over a year.Thank you for taking the time checking into this.

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Re: Storing End Mills

Post by jcfx » Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:37 pm

It's my pleasure, I need to try to organize my own tool drawers, so it was good to see what's out there
in regards to store bought and diy, it wasn't hard finding the image, Googling for tool drawer organizer
found the image on the CNCCookbook site which had a link to the Garage Journal thread.

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Re: Storing End Mills

Post by SteveM » Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:26 pm

My dad took some wood, drilled holes in it and cut in in half to make a tray of half-round compartments.

I don't have the picture, but think of taking a 1x2, standing it in the drill press vise so that the 1 is on the bottom and the 2 is upright.

Drill a bunch of closely spaced 1/2" thru holes.

Bandsaw the wood in half (with the 1 on the table and the 2 vertical).

Now you have two scalloped trays.

If you drill part way, the end mills will rest against what's left of the holes, or you could just make some separators out of strips of 1/4" plywood.

I have Huot dispensers (seven of them so far) to store drills, end mills, reamers and taps in, but I have so many of certain sizes that I will probably do this as well.

Steve

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Re: Storing End Mills

Post by neanderman » Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:45 pm

SteveM wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:26 pm

Drill a bunch of closely spaced 1/2" thru holes.

Bandsaw the wood in half (with the 1 on the table and the 2 vertical).

Now you have two scalloped trays.
I like that!
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Re: Storing End Mills

Post by TomB » Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:31 pm

I have found that wood holes to stick things into or boards drilled and then split, rust the tools they hold. I don't know why.

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Re: Storing End Mills

Post by tornitore45 » Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:14 am

I have found that wood holes to stick things into or boards drilled and then split, rust the tools they hold. I don't know why.
Must be the environment humidity or that jug of muriatic acid you saved.
Most of my tools and socket wrenches are stored in close fitting wood holes and have never seen rust.
I leave the oil on tools, if they need wiping is done before using not after.
I like to spray the wooden blocks with polyurethane but some are not and not much paint reach the holes, particularly the small and deep.
Most of my storage blocks hold the tools vertically, only a few are kept horizontally in shallow drawers.
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Re: Storing End Mills

Post by 12L14 » Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:12 am

TomB wrote: I have found that wood holes to stick things into or boards drilled and then split, rust the tools they hold. I don't know why.
Oak and beech can cause corrosion, the same goes for boards that uses UF resins as a binder.
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Re: Storing End Mills

Post by SteveM » Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:58 pm

12L14 wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:12 am
TomB wrote: I have found that wood holes to stick things into or boards drilled and then split, rust the tools they hold. I don't know why.
Oak and beech can cause corrosion, the same goes for boards that uses UF resins as a binder.
I suppose you could treat them with shellac or some other coating.

Don't know what dad used, but it didn't rust anything.

I suppose you could do the same drill / saw on a piece of plastic.

Steve

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Re: Storing End Mills

Post by BadDog » Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:00 pm

I was thinking about that plastic idea. I wonder if you could use the milk jug poly bricks such as I've seen used to make a mallet head?
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Re: Storing End Mills

Post by jcfx » Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:50 pm

I don't see why you couldn't, milk jugs are HDPE, if you can control the melt temperature you should be able to cast a slab.

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