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Charging Station #1: Getting Started

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Blog entry by Ross Leidy posted 03-01-2021 05:32 PM 437 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Having finished-up my under-bench storage project, I turned my attention to another workshop improvement project – a cordless drill charging station. In the spirit of adding more storage in the shop, I also wanted to incorporate a couple drawers for batteries, drill bits, screws, etc.

I looked at a lot of similar projects here on LJ’s for inspiration. No two charging stations were alike, but the layout that made the most sense to me was to have the drills hanging upright at around shoulder level with drawer storage below that I could easily see down into.

The design was somewhat constrained by the materials that I had on-hand – a couple partial sheets of 1/2” plywood (one birch, one oak). From them I’ll be able to squeak-out the carcass and drawer boxes. To keep some visual harmony in the shop, I’ll use the same cherry edging and same style drawer fronts as I did on the bench drawers.

With the parts diagram in hand, I cut out the bulk of the pieces on the table saw, leaving only the drawer box fronts to cut to length later.

I applied the cherry edging to the front edges of the carcass pieces and trimmed them flush once the glue dried. Two of the three horizontal pieces are oak ply, which I’ll put on the top and bottom where they won’t be very visible. The screw holes were left from a forgotten project.

For the top piece, I applied the 3/4” wide edging so that all the excess was on one side. This will give me a 1/4” lip on the top of the cabinet in case I want to store something up there. The sides will protrude up 1/4” as well.

This is my first project using the Domino. For 1/2” material, the petite 4mm dominos are the best option.

With the top dry-fitted, I set the partial back piece in place and marked the location for the middle shelf.

And then finish up the mortises on the side panels for the partial back and shelf.

Dry fit.

Tray top.



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splintergroup

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#1 posted 03-02-2021 03:21 PM

Looks like it’ll be some well planned storage. I would have just used some dados, but this is a perfect time to play with the Domino and it lets you position things a bit more freely.

Nice looking wood too!

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#2 posted 03-02-2021 04:11 PM



Looks like it ll be some well planned storage. I would have just used some dados, but this is a perfect time to play with the Domino and it lets you position things a bit more freely.

Nice looking wood too!

- splintergroup

I decided on simple butt joints since the majority of the weight will be transferred to the side panels – either from the hanging tools or the drawer slides. The downward force on the side-to-back joint will all be shear forces, so I figured that the dominos on those joints would be plenty strong. See how I justified my actions? I should just say I was lazy and be done with it. :)

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