DIY Router Bit Storage Holder (3 Easy Steps)

Keep your router bits organized and at your fingertips with this simple DIY storage holder. Learn how to make your own in just a few easy steps.

DIY router bit storage holder in the foreground and a router in the background

Are you tired of digging through drawers and jumbled boxes, searching for a router bit every time you need to tackle a project? I have the solution.

In three easy steps, you can make this DIY router bit holder to organize your collection in one convenient spot, ending the frustration of misplaced bits.

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Before You Begin

While my free printed plan shows how to build a four-tier, 40-bit organizer (twenty ¼-inch and twenty ½-inch bits), I scaled mine back to three, better accommodating my mix of bits. However, don’t hesitate to make it your own, adding tiers if you have a larger collection or keeping it compact for a smaller one.

Front view of a DIY router bit organizer

What Wood Should You Use?

I designed this holder so you could make it with 1×2 lumber. However, I didn’t have any on hand, so I used my table saw to rip a wider board to the correct size. Plywood is another option; just rip it to the right width.

Related: Beginner’s Guide to Wood Sizes

Hand removing a bit from a DIY router bit holder

What Tools Do You Need?

I only used three basic tools to make my router bit organizer:

  • Miter saw
  • Drill
  • Pocket hole jig
Rows of various bits in wood DIY router bit organizer

How to Make a DIY Router Bit Storage Holder

Printed Plan

Get the FREE plan here (includes detailed instructions, measurements, and bonus tips)



  • Tape Measure
  • Kreg Multi-Mark
  • Miter Saw
  • Pocket Hole Jig
  • Drill
  • ¼” Forstner BIt
  • ½” Forstner BIt

Step 1. Make the Sides

Cut eight pieces of wood to length for the sides.

NOTE: I only made the first three tiers to suit my existing bits. I’ll add a fourth tier later as I expand my collection.

Set your pocket hole jig and drill a pocket hole in one end.

Related: How to Use a Pocket Hole Jig (& Beginner Pitfalls to Avoid)

Drilling a pocket hole with a pocket hole jig

I applied glue to the parts, moving them slightly back and forth to help evenly distribute it, then clamping them to form two sides. Remember to make a left and right side.

Clamping the sides of a DIY router bit storage holder

Step 2. Make the Shelves

Cut four pieces of wood to length for the shelves, then use the diagram in the printed plan to mark the locations for the holes.

Marking the locations in shelves for router bits

I used an awl to mark a starting point for the drill bit.

Related: What is an Awl? (& How to Use It)

Making a starting point for a drill bit

Then, I used a small Forstner bit to drill holes in two shelves. I recommend attaching a piece of painter’s tape to your bit to act as a depth stop.

Related: What is a Forstner Bit? (& How to Use It)

Drilling holes for router bits in a DIY router bit organizer's shelf

Next, repeat the steps for the remaining shelves, using a larger Forstner bit.

Step 3. Attach the Shelves

Apply glue to the tops of the sides, position the shelves, and clamp. Attach using fine-thread pocket screws.

Attaching a shelf to a DIY router bit storage organizer

Final Thoughts

This DIY router bit storage holder is an excellent solution for keeping your bits organized and easily accessible. Customize it to fit your collection, ensuring all of your bits have a designated spot, making it easier to find the one you need for your next project.

Don’t wait. Get your free plan (including the detailed instructions and measurements) now!

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