I will need to do a restoration paint job on the fractional holder in the future.
Quite a mess so after water blasting I decided to etch the surface so that my paint job would not end up like the original. It seems like a zinc casting so it is nice and heavy but the original surface was so smooth that blue paint had nothing to bite into. I went with a tough gloss black enamel and the next day scraped off each of the fractions, very readable.
I have been designing my own Letter drill set holder but have not settled on a design yet. When I do I will mill it out of heavy tooling foam or aluminum. submit your ideas!
I picked up one of these diamond shaped Cleveland Drill holders for another numbered drill set and was so impressed with the usefulness of the design that I quickly went for the fractional size too.
A very nice design; the 64ths run up one side and all the other sizes on the right side, its easy to read and heavy enough to stay on the table. The numbered set goes from 1 to 60 with the odd numbers on the left and even numbers on the right.
Next came this totally unique folding case, normally I dislike folding cases because they are hard to use, hard to read, and hard to keep open. Now this General case solves all of the above issues and does it with beautiful design.
Now this is the BEST; big, heavy, and easy to read the New Process bit holder is beautiful and functional. Plus it's got the pick-up ring in the center for easy moving about.
I refinished it with a paste gun blue after media blasting, then sanded the highlights with 220 on the random orbital and lastly sprayed it with a clear lacquer.
I didn't notice until I went to take the picture that the NP and the Cleavland fit together perfectly about an inch apart!
Well apparently I am the only person that ever wanted a Letter drill holder and since I have never come across one I decided to make my own.
I tried many different designs but had to settle on a very simple shape because I was using my Casio label maker for the letters.