These 3D printed “combs” are used in conjunction with the packout accessory case that comes with the small Packout toolbox. You can also purchase a set of bins that comes with this organizer from ACME Tool.
These combs allow you to store your reciprocating saw blades neatly separated to protect the blades and so you can see what blades you have at a glance.
The small middle compartment can be used to store 3″ reciprocating blades while the large compartment can store 6″, 9″ or 12″ blades. The 6″ blades can be stored back to back filling an entire “slot.”
I spaced the blade holders so that with the lid closed, the blades should stay put relatively well.
I’ve provided the two files you need to replicate the holder I have pictured. I’ve also provided the openSCAD model that you can modify if you want to modify the holders or even make new holders for different cases.
Printer: Prusa i3 MK3
Material: Inland PET-G
Resolution: 0.3mm with a 0.4mm nozzle
Wall Lines/Perimeters: 3
Infill: 20% Gyroid. The higher infill percentage the stronger the part.
To make the reciprocating blade holder the way it is pictured you need to print one of the “Organizer Middle” and three of the “Organizer Ends.”
I used 3/4″ 3M VHB tape to adhere the holders to the bottom of the Packout accessory case.
To place the holders in the right place, line up the “Organizer Middle” holder in the large compartment and the “Organizer Ends” holder in the middle small compartment with the round sprue in the middle of the case.
The remaining two “Organizer Ends” holders rest up against the notch in the large compartment.
I was just looking for a solution to this problem. Thank you for posting this!
Any chance of making a larger version of your jig-saw blade holder? Maybe using magnets for retention? Or is this a non-starter for some reason I haven’t thought of?
I actually started this project a while ago and was stuck on a method of locking the blade in place. Besides the issue of different blade thicknesses, the tang (the only thing constant like the T-shank) falls in different places depending on how the blade is designed. Come blades have a flat back, others have a hump., and other are curved. It was just to hard to get a consistent fit.
The only way I was able to move on was to get rid of the idea of locking blades in place. The blades can move side to side in the combs, but they won’t leave their position, which is good enough for me.
Magnets might help keep the blades in place better, but since the blades can’t go anywhere they are just an extra cost.