Never Search For Another Router Bit Again – ShopBot Operator’s Heaven!
I saw this and thought it was the coolest thing since sliced bread! Recently I was noticing all our loose bits scattered in one toolbox or another or even just missing pieces in our bit sets so this organizer caught my eye. This looked to me like the perfect solution for collecting all those bits in one place while having them visible in the tool shed for instant access and use. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve opened boxes and boxes of bit sets trying to find what I need to no avail. Now I’m not a ShopBot user, but I know someone who is – lucky for me! I’m sure you could find someone, too, and work as a team. For those of you who are ShopBotters, this is fantastic! This particular project is for router bits. The good news is, you can even CUSTOM BRAND your Colletsium.
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So What Is A ShopBot?
A ShopBot is an amazing do-all tool for precisely cutting, carving, drilling or machining all kinds of things from all kinds of materials. With a ShopBot, you use the included software to design your parts on your personal computer, then, like a robot, the computer controls the cutter to precisely cut your parts.
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A ShopBot is like a large plotter that moves pens around the surface (in X and Y axes) to create a drawing. Only a ShopBot moves a cutter around a big table (X and Y axes) and moves it up and down as well (Z axis) allowing it to make 3D movements and cut all sorts of shapes. By precisely moving the cutter through material, a ShopBot CNC tool can create virtually any pattern or shape and will do it in materials such as wood, plastic, foam, aluminum and many composites. Source
What is a Colletsium?
It’s a Router Bit Holder. Every Shop Bot CNC operator knows how frustrating it can be to have unorganized router bits laying around. We wanted to create a solution for storing bits that was also fun! In this instructable we will show you how to use your Shop Bot CNC to make The Colletsium! Source
–Toolpath Generating Software (I use Vcarve Pro 3 in this instructable)
–Plywood (Any thickness over ½”, I use 1” Apple Plywood in this instructable)
–4 Screws thicker than your material
–Hand Drill¼” Down
–Spiral Router Bit
–Phillips Head Driver Bit
–Jig Saw or Band Saw
–Trim Router Bit (any thickness)
–Router Table or Hand Router
–3-4 Clamps (4”+ clamping capability)
–Scribe or Pocket Knife
–Sandpaper (I used 150 grit and 220 grit)
–Belt Sander and/or Orbital Sander
–25/64” Drill Bit (for registering while gluing)
Step 1: Download Routerbit_Colletsium.dxf
The download and Step 1 instructions can be found here.
Step 2: Setup Toolpaths
Based on your material, move and rotate the pieces around to fit.
Further instructions on Step 2 can be found here.
Step 3: Set Up and Install Router Bit
Since this part of the instructable is a common thread in all of our instructables for Shop Bot CNC, on VCarve Pro 3, we have dedicated an entire, separate instructable for this part of the process.
That instructable can be found here.
Step 4: Start Cutting!
Now that you have gone through the bit and material setup process you are ready to start cutting! Go ahead and press the CUT PART button on the red control panel and load file.
Further instructions on Step 4 can be viewed here.
Step 5: Finish Up!
Deinstall the material.
Use a jig-saw or bandsaw to cut out the pieces.
Using a router-table, use a trim router bit to ease the edges for a more comfortable grip.
Further instructions on Step 5 can be viewed here.
This incredible bit holder and images were shared by ADXMatt over at Instructables! What a cool project indeed!