Cordless Drill Organizer
By: Chelsea Rodgers
We’ve all had the famous “I can’t take this mess anymore” moment when we are reaching for the drill bit, but can’t find it anyway. You tell yourself you got to get your work area more organized for real this time. Well we’re here to help you out with that! We are focusing on getting organized! First up the Cordless Drill Organizer designed by #HERTOOLBELT. Below you will find everything you need to make your own cordless drill organizer. You can make it as small as a 2-compartment holder or as big as a 10-compartment holder. The choice is yours! Let’s get your space organized!
1 x 10 Board (cut list spread sheet will tell you how many feet you need, 4 stall charge station, can be done with 8’) * NOTE a 1x 10 is the trade name, it really measures ¾” x 9*
1 ¼” Wood Screws
Power Strip- optional
Countersink Drill Bit
Spade Bits or if your plug is bigger you’ll want to use a larger set
Step 1 – Cut
Take the attached cut list and cut you 1 x 10 accordingly. 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.
Our Multiform Crosscut Sled & Multiform Box Joint System (MLCS item# 9789, 9790) helped make this step very easy. Miter saws can work as well for the cuts but you can use whatever you are comfortable with.
Multiform Crosscut Sled &
Multiform Box Joint System
(MLCS item# 9789, 9790)
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. Make sure the sides mirror each other. See diagram below for details:
Step 2: Sanding
You want to sand all your cut pieces before you start to assemble them together. This makes it so much easier than trying to get in those small spaces. After you put the pieces together, if you find some areas need a little more sanding, the Oscillating Handheld Spindle Sander, will help you get in those hard to reach spaces.
Step 3: 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″).
1 Line up the center of the dividers with the center of the stall supports.
2 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).
1 Line up the divider centers with pilot hole center lines on the lower shelf.
2 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.
NOTE: 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. Our Forstner Bit 8 Piece “Jumbo” Set (MLCS item #9147H) include 8 different sized bits that can be used to drill a hole big enough for the cord. Go with the bit that is larger than the plug, to ensure the cord will fit through.
Forstner Bit 8 Piece “Jumbo” Set
(MLCS item #9147H)
Attach the power strip to the wood where convenient. You can 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.
If you want a good set of drill bits, the 25 Piece Brad Point Drill Bit Set (MLCS item#9184, 9193) is a good investment. With 25 different sized bits, you’ll find the size you need for the screws to attach the power strip. Brad Point drill bits are designed to drill flat bottom holes in hard or soft woods, composites and plastics. These bits will not move off center through unusual grain or knots. All bits are deep fluted to clear chips, quickly.
25 Piece Brad Point Drill Bit Set
(MLCS item#9184, 9193)
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.