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" The Frankenstation" (a.k.a. drill / charging unit)....!!

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Project by Rick Dennington posted 04-01-2018 04:39 PM 1748 views 10 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my version of the drill / charging station that was a necessary build to hold all my drills, chargers, screws, extra batteries, etc. It’s made from 3/4” Birch plywood, except the cleats which are made from solid Maple….It is 30” high, 10” deep, and 21” wide….!! The shelves are 3/4 ” x 10” x 19 1/2”...The shelf for the drills is spaced out to hold 5 drills (you may have more or less), and I measured in 6”, drew a line across the length of the board, to get the correct spacing of the drills, and cut the holes with a 1 1/2” Forstner bit, and cut the lines with my bandsaw…Once that was done, I measured and layed out the spacing for the 3 wedges to go under the bottom shelf…they are 3”high, 10” long, and cut at 20 degrees…Glued, nailed, and screwed….This shelf will hold screw boxes….Measured up how far the drill shelf needed to be for clearance for the drills to hang down and clear the boxes….Made the cleats 3/4” x 1 1/2” wide, glued, screwed, and nailed them in place…This might seem like overkill, but that many drills are heavy, and I didn’t want the shelf to sag….Next came the charger shelf to clear the tops of the drills to easily get the drills out….The bottom of that shelf is about 4+” up…..Again, made cleats for it to rest on…This shelf will hold the charges only, so it just needed to be supported…Plus, I wanted enough clearance to remove a battery from the chargers w/o any hassles….That distance would determine how far up the top shelf would go, which was about 9 1/2” from the bottom of the top shelf….The top shelf is 3 3/4” from the top of the unit…..I then used a 1 1/2” Forstner bit to drill the hole on the left side to feed the cords for the chargers through…..The wood working was done…...!! I put 2 coats of boiled linseed oil on, letting it dry good between coats….It sure made that plywood look good…After drying, I loaded it up with all the “goodies”.....Mounted the power strip, and plugged in the chargers…..!!! Oh…. and as a added feature….I couldn’t find the right size containers for my different screws I use because of the slanted bottom shelf, so I made the 3 boxes you see in the photo….Made out of 1/2” ply for the boxes, and 1/4” for the bottoms….also used linseed to make them match….!!! Thanks for looking, and get in your shops and make one of these…You’ll be glad you did….!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!





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rockmolsen

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#1 posted 04-01-2018 05:18 PM

Well done Rick. Shop organization at its finest. Its one of those things on my list as well.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 04-01-2018 05:40 PM

Thanks, Rick … Catchy name, ain’t it..? ...I appreciate it a lot…..It was fun to make….!!! and a much needed project..!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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Duckster

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#3 posted 04-01-2018 06:00 PM

For a guy that rides in a Ranger, you done great

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 04-01-2018 06:17 PM

Hey Duck…..Where you been..? Haven’t heard a peep out of you in a spell…Hope you’re doing ok, and in good heath….Thanks, bud, I appreciate it….I had shoulder surgery (rotator cuff) about 11 months ago, and just getting back in the shop….No fishing, no boating, and no shop time….But hopefully I’ll be back at before too long…Thanks again for the nice comment….Hope you’re catching a lot of fish…..Sure wish I was….!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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Festus56

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#5 posted 04-01-2018 07:17 PM

Good job Rick. That is a solid built and organized station. Great to have all the drills and chargers in one place.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- http://www.jmh-limited-editions.com/home.html --

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Rick Dennington

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#6 posted 04-01-2018 07:26 PM

Thanks Mark…..I appreciate the nice comment….It is solid and heavy, but that’s what makes it stable….I do like having all my drills, chargers. and screws together, especially the screws I use the most….I guess you could say I’m somewhat OCD….that what my wife tells me, anyway….lol…!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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woodbutcherbynight

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#7 posted 04-01-2018 07:55 PM

Nice work. Being organized lets you focus on the task at hand. Not wondering where you put your drill with the 1/8 drill bit last….. oh and where is the extra battery?

LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 04-01-2018 09:20 PM

Rick, this is very creative and nicely done and will be a wonderful addition to your shop.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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Rick Dennington

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#9 posted 04-01-2018 11:20 PM

Thanks a bunch, woodbutcher and Charles…It was a project that needed doing, and one I’ve been putting off for quite a while due to surgery….But it was a fun project…..slow but fun….!!! Thanks again, guys..!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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dawsonbob

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#10 posted 04-02-2018 12:40 AM

Really rocking charging station, Rick. Looks good.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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Rick Dennington

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#11 posted 04-02-2018 01:13 AM

Thanks, dawsonBob…..In some ways it was quite challenging….decisions, decisions…..!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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BurlyBob

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#12 posted 04-02-2018 01:58 AM

Nice work Rick. Looks like you could even French cleat it on the wall if you were of a mind to do so.

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Rick Dennington

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#13 posted 04-02-2018 03:41 AM

Thanks Bob

Yep…that’s certainly an option….I like a French cleat system, but it was not an option for this station…..I like it where it’s at, and easily within reach of my work bench….I don’t like covering up my window, but I can still open the blinds….

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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artsyfartsy

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#14 posted 04-02-2018 01:13 PM

Nice Job Rick, It’s an all-in-one station. Clever idea.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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Rick Dennington

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#15 posted 04-02-2018 01:55 PM

Thanks Don…...I think you got it right…Never thought of like that, but I like having things readily available…..and with easy reach if necessary….and this station fits the bill for me….!!! I appreciate it, bud…!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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