Clever Tool Storage: Drill Bits and Other Pointy Tools

Try this quick, simple solution to workbench clutter

Organize and store all those small shop tools and accessories that clutter your workbench in a chunk of foam insulation. It'll hold drill bits, router bits, screwdriver bits and a host of other little things and keep them close at hand.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Assemble a pointy-tool pincushion

Store router bits, drill bits, screwdrivers, awls, pencils, Allen wrenches and hole saws in a hunk of 1-1/2-in.-thick rigid foam insulation.

To make this pointy-tool pincushion, just glue the foam to 1/2-in. plywood sized an inch wider than the foam. Be sure to use foam-compatible adhesive (PL 500 is one). Then press the foam into place and let it dry for a few hours. Punch holes for the accessories by rotating a small-diameter Phillips screwdriver or an awl at a slight angle into the foam. The tools will widen the holes to fit as you push them in. Screw the plywood to a shop wall over your workbench and load it up!

Thanks to Gary Weaver for this idea.

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Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Rigid foam
  • Rigid-foam compatible adhesive
  • 1/2-in. plywood