Dave's Workshop #4: Drills-Keeping Things More at Hand

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 10-30-2014 09:20 PM 2296 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Above: A while ago I built this stand for my drill press. It’s got a deep drawer and two shelves behind double doors. It got really tiring having to open the doors, bend over, and reach in to grab either my electric (corded drill,) or my handy hand drill. So today I put a thought into action. I looked up drill holders and found this really basic design to keep things at hand.

Above: A simple chunk of 2×4 with two holes drilled into it and a little cutting and I got this great way to keep two of my most used tools at hand.

Above: The chuck of the drill rests in a hole just a little bigger than the chuck, and the cord is held in a hole with an access slot cut to the edge. After I mounted it, I noticed all this unused space between the two holes, so I drilled a bunch of holes, a little over a quarter inch into the space. They are not through holes, so I can put various ‘in use’ items in them, instead of putting them on the table where they inevitably get lost in the wood chips. My hand drill also has a handy home with two keeper holes. One will keep my countersink bit handy which is used in the hand drill about 1/2 the time.

Above: Since I inherited an impact drill from my wife’s father, I made a similar arrangement on the less accessible side of the cabinet.

Above: You might remember I had a sliding tray in the drawer of this cabinet. This idea just didn’t work out. The drawer is either too shallow or two small, so I took the tray out and arranged my most used drill bits in there like on a shelf. From left to right I have: Spade bits, twist drills, bradpoint bits, one of those combo quick change sets, and my Forstner bits. The other cases are inherited from my dad and have extra bits that I had. (Ideally I’ll check them before I go buy anything.)

Above: So now I have an empty shelf and a space-wasting plastic drawer set on the bottom shelf. I’m going to use these spaces by installing sliding shelves to hold other drill oriented paraphernalia like drum sanders, hole saws and the like.

Above: With my stand in it’s usual home, you can see that my most used drills are open and the impact drill is a little less accessible, but sill available.

Below: So, this ‘project’ today has yielded a few nice hole saw plugs. Candy, any idea what I should SAVE these for?

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 10-30-2014 10:52 PM

Always good to make things handier, Dave. If I think of what to do with the 20 hole saw plugs I have I’ll let you know!

-- God bless, Candy

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