I was trolling that delightful time sucker Pinterest a few months ago when I saw an awesome bur holder sold on the Stuller website. It looked like it would hold hundreds of burs and drill bits in a compact space and could sit right on the top of my jewelry bench. Did I mention that I wanted one right then and there? I’m not given to impulse purchases, however, so I tucked it into the back of my mind. Then one trash day, I found a wooden thing with four sides that spins. I think it’s a mug tree and kitchen utensil holder. I took it home and studied it. Then I realized that it was a drill bit and bur holder waiting for me to liberate it from its former job as a kitchen caddy. It now sits proudly atop my jewelry bench enjoying its new role.
To make the transition from the kitchen to the jewelry bench, I first marked where the holes would go and then I drilled pilot holes with an electric drill and a 1/8 inch drill bit. Then I went back and drilled the holes at an angle so the burs and drill buts would slip in and stay put.
The wood caddy is hollow in the middle (probably meant for spoon storage) so I took care to drill a number of holes only partially through so the bits without a brush, polisher or wheel on the top would not fall through. If I want, I can drill more holes on the top lip for more storage.
This project was easy and cheap since I found the wooden caddy. It would probably be easy to make one of these with scrap wood and a lazy susan base. Unless you can build something yourself, however, it probably wouldn’t pay to buy an item similar to the one I used to convert to a drill bit holder. But keep your eyes open at house sales and flea markets. And on trash day.