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Charging Station #2: Tool hanger

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Blog entry by Ross Leidy posted 03-02-2021 12:00 AM 477 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I mocked-up the tool hanger slots by clamping some strips of wood to my workbench. I fiddled with the slot width and the spacing between slots to fit all my existing drills. I arrived at 1-1/2” slot width, which 1-7/8” between slots. (This turned out to be wrong, which I found out later.) With those measurements, I modeled the hanger in my CNC software and cut out the piece from some 18mm baltic birch.

The slots looked a little narrow, and sure enough when I tried to fit in a drill, it was a bit tight and got hung-up on the forward/reverse pin at the trigger. I think I just mis-measured when I made the mockup. Not to worry, I re-cut the slots to widen them by 1/8 on either side for a 1-3/4” final slot width.

After confirming a good fit, I added a 1/4” round-over to the exposed edges. With some spacers to locate the hanger at the right height, I could see how it would work in the cabinet. There’s still a gap between the tool batteries, so they hang freely. I can easily grab a drill without hitting my knuckles on either of its neighbors. So far, so good!



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#1 posted 03-02-2021 03:25 PM

I think your layout is spot on, I like the ability to just grab and go, battery already in place, etc.
Only problem is once you are done, a seventh drill will come into your possession!

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#2 posted 03-02-2021 04:23 PM



I think your layout is spot on, I like the ability to just grab and go, battery already in place, etc.
Only problem is once you are done, a seventh drill will come into your possession!

- splintergroup

The dreaded seventh drill. I’ll rue the day….

In the meantime, I did plan to put at least one air nailer in there. I made the opening a little taller to make sure it would fit.

My plan is to attach the tool hanger comb with pocket screws from underneath so I can either reposition it if needed, or replace it if I find that I need to reconfigure it.

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#3 posted 03-03-2021 06:14 PM

To keep the start of the pocket as close to the edge of the 18mm material as possible, I set the pocket hole jig at the 1/2” setting. Then I kept choking up on the stop collar until it left a little over 1/2” of material at the bottom of the pocket so I could use a 1” screw and not blow out the finished side of the 1/2” carcass. Since the tip of the pocket hole bit didn’t reach the edge, I went back and drilled-out the shank hole to the edge. I did this with some scrap first:

And then I moved on to the actual piece.

I’ll hit this with a couple coats of poly and then it will be ready for final install later. I made a quick stand screwed into the rear edge to make it easier to manage while brushing on the poly.

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#4 posted 03-03-2021 07:08 PM

1/2” BB ply? Should be plenty stiff, but probably will fail before your perimeter screws let go 8^)

Are you planning for a power strip to keep the chargers occupied?

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#5 posted 03-03-2021 07:18 PM



1/2” BB ply? Should be plenty stiff, but probably will fail before your perimeter screws let go 8^)

Are you planning for a power strip to keep the chargers occupied?

- splintergroup

The carcass is not the good BB ply, it’s the Home Depot variety. The tool hanger is 3/4” good stuff (18mm). It should be plenty strong.

I’m planning to mount a power strip on the underside, and two chargers on one side.

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#6 posted 03-07-2021 02:32 PM

Lovely place to hang out. ;-)
Nice work.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#7 posted 03-08-2021 04:49 AM



Lovely place to hang out. ;-)
Nice work.
Best thoughts,
Mads

- mafe


Yes, I think if I were a drill, I could be happy in there.
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#8 posted 03-08-2021 01:50 PM

Smiles, this is what it’s all about. ;-)

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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