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Over 5 years ago, I made some plans for my friend to build a cordless drill storage charge station with 5 stalls. It has been the most built project on my site, which is awesome. My original version uses plywood, which was great for using up scrap pieces. However there have been 2 comments that I get frequently, “I want to make this but I need X stalls” and “I don’t have a table saw to cut down plywood.” To solve both of these comments, I have made a new plan that uses simpler tools (miter saw or circular saw and straight edge). This custom drill storage and charge station build uses a 1×10 board and a spreadsheet to input how many stalls you want for tools and kick out a custom cut list.
If you want a 2 stall drill storage, you can do that.
Or if you want a 10 stall drill storage, you can do that.
This custom drill storage organizer makes a great homemade gift for your favorite tool loving friends. To celebrate Christmas I’m giving away $100 Christmas Cash each week until Christmas (enter using the rafflecopter widget at the bottom of the post).
How to Build a Custom Drill Storage and Charge Station
the easy way
Download this spreadsheet and enter in:
- How many ‘stalls’ you want
- How wide the gap width needs to be (default is 1 1/2″)
- 1×10 board (cut list spreadsheet will tell you how many feet you need, 4 stall charge station can be done with 8′)
- (Note a 1×10 is the trade name, it really measures 3/4″ x 9 1/4″)
- 1 1/4″ wood screws
- wood glue
- power strip – optional
- sand paper
- The cost for lumber to make a 4 stall unit is just
- Miter Saw
- Countersink Drill Bit
- Tape Measure
- Drill Bits
- Spade Bits or if your plug is bigger you’ll want the larger set.
Sample cut diagram (for 4 stalls)
Step 1 – Cut Board
Cut the 1×10 according to the cut list. (I used a miter saw to make the cuts.) On the top shelf, cut the width down to 8 1/2″.
On the side pieces, cut a dog ear (45 deg miter) on the top front corner at 11 3/4″ up from the bottom.
Drill pilot holes in the 2 sides, back, lower shelf, stall supports and side supports. If you want your screw heads flush with the surface, drill countersinks. See diagram below.
Make sure the side pieces are mirror images of each other.
Step 2 – Assembly
Attach the 3/4″ x 3/4″ side support piece to the inside face of the side piece, make the bottoms flush. Secure with wood glue and 1 1/4″ screws. Repeat for both sides
Mark the centers of the stall supports (1 1/8″) and the centers of the dividers (3/8″).
- Line up the center of the dividers with the center of the stall supports.
- Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ screws to secure together.
Mark the centers on the other of the dividers (3/8″) and mark the center lines of the pilot holes (3 3/8″, 3 3/4″, 3 3/4″, etc).
- Line up the divider centers with pilot hole center lines on the lower shelf.
- Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ screws to attach dividers to lower shelf.
On the back piece, mark 2 1/2″ down from the top. Attach the top shelf to the back with wood glue and 1 1/4″ screws.
On the side pieces, mark 2 1/2″ down and 9 1/4″ down from the top. Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ screws to attach the side to the back, top shelf and lower shelf.
Repeat for the other side.
If you want to install a power strip to charge batteries, you may want to drill a hole near the top on the side to run the cord. Drill the hole wherever convenient for your setup.
The Bosch Daredevil spade bits are an easy way to drill larger diameter holes. The spade bits have a threaded cone that ‘pulls’ the bit through the wood with limited effort. If you need the hole a little larger for the plug, you can move the bit side to side to ream the hole a little larger for the plug.
Attach the power strip to the wood where convenient. I measure where the keyholes are on the back of the power strip and put small screws in the back piece where the keyholes will go.
A bit kit like this Ryobi 70 piece bit set. This kit of bits are impact rated bits with hex shank for impact drivers or drills. It includes the handy magnetic screw guide, socket adapters, nut drivers and super handy storage case.
Then run the plug through the hole and install the power strip on the small screws.
Step 3 – Finish
Sand the custom drill storage station smooth. Stain the wood as desired. Then when the stain dries add a top coat as desired.
To mount the custom drill storage and charging station to the wall, drill holes through the back piece into studs in the wall. If studs are not available, you can use heavy duty drywall anchors.
Snap a pic of your finished organizer and tag me @hertoolbelt on instagram. I’d love to see your creation!
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