An alternative to the traditional roll up canvas auger bit case. Some sets of auger bits were sold in rather fancy wooden boxes. I decided to try making my own to transport my auger bits when working away from my workshop.
The starting point for this project is a length of oak of suitable width to accommodate a set of auger bits and more than twice the length of the longest bit in the set.
Start by scribing the widths of the auger bits (plus some margin for ease of use) into the full length of the oak. Once the grooves are cut, the plank will be cut in half to form both sides. One-half will be cut again to form the hinged lid.
Plane the grooves out using a suitable sized hollow moulding plane. You can cut the waste away with a rebate plane or plough plane to speed up the process, before finishing to the correct profile with a hollow moulder. You can see that process in the second slot I have cut in the image to the right.
Note: This technique is used to cut mouldings you might not have an exact profile moulding plane for!
Keep going until you have cut all the grooves as shown in the following pictures
Once all the grooves are completed you can now saw it in half and then cut off enough of one length to create the lid. Glue the two sides together to create the pockets to hold the auger bits. The two halves can be glued as I have done or nailed and screwed, depending on your preference.
A base and top are added next to keep the augers from flying out. I chose some more oak, but you could contrast the woods here to good effect.
Add hinges to make the lid function and a catch if you wish. This one has inset magnets to keep the lid closed.
These hinges are inset into the face so the lid folds down flush with the face.
Now fit it out with you favourite Auger bit set and you are ready to go!
This one lives on the wall with the remaining auger bits and drills, ready to travel to the next job.