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Charging Station #8: Nearly done

03-09-2021 03:07 PM by Ross Leidy | 4 comments »

There’s just a few things left to finish-up and I’ll have a functional charging station. To install the tool hanger, I placed a 3” spacer between it and the top, and screwed the hanger in place through the pocket holes on the underside. I used some double-sided tape to hold the drawer fronts in place temporarily so I could install screws from inside the drawer box. To prevent the drills and drivers from tearing-up the back of the case, I cut a strip of rubbe...

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Charging Station #7: Drawer fronts

03-08-2021 04:20 PM by Ross Leidy | 0 comments »

Building the drawer fronts was identical to what I did for the workbench storage project. They’re MDF, edged with anigre, and then veneered on the front with anigre. I cut MDF to the proper width, and applied edging on two sides. Once the glue dried, I trimmed the excess with a flush-cut bit on the router table, with a temporary fence to allow the excess trim to slide underneath. Then cut the edged MDF to the proper drawer height and applied edging on the long edges. ...

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Charging Station #6: Carcass finishing

03-08-2021 03:31 PM by Ross Leidy | 2 comments »

I applied some oil-based poly on the cherry edging to bring out the color, and once that was fully dried, I applied some water-based poly on all the exposed surfaces on the carcass and drawers.

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Charging Station #5: Makita charger mounting plates

03-06-2021 04:53 PM by Ross Leidy | 1 comment »

I have two Makita chargers that I’ll mount on the side of the cabinet. The unfortunate thing about these chargers is that they have no hanger slots on the back. With some googling, I found some instructions on using the rubber feet like expansion nuts as a way to mount it. I’ll use that idea to attach the charger to a mounting plate, and the mounting plate will attach to the cabinet. As it turned out, the feet positions weren’t exactly the same, but the difference was ...

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Charging Station #4: Drawer boxes

03-06-2021 04:36 PM by Ross Leidy | 1 comment »

I’m building very simple drawer boxes here. Just butt joints with dominos for the 1/2” back, front, and sides, and brad nails on the 1/4” bottom. And glue, of course. I assembled the back, front, sides first, then attached the bottoms later.

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Charging Station #3: Carcass glue-up

03-02-2021 07:33 PM by Ross Leidy | 2 comments »

I glued-up the carcass in two stages: the top, back, and shelf as a sub-assembly, and once that was dry, I glued the sides and bottom. I just didn’t have enough clamps to do it all at once. Plus, it was important to get the sub-assembly tight and square since it would be providing the rigidity to the cabinet. The assembly squares and clamps came in handy here.

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Charging Station #2: Tool hanger

03-02-2021 12:00 AM by Ross Leidy | 8 comments »

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 fi...

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Charging Station #1: Getting Started

03-01-2021 05:32 PM by Ross Leidy | 2 comments »

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 a...

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Tablet & Cell Phone Charging Station

03-29-2015 09:02 PM by George_SA | 2 comments »

More detail about the Tablet & Cell Phone Charging Station I added a bit of personalization The method that I used is to wipe lacquer thinners on the wood and to press a printout onto the wet thinners. You have to be quick about this before the thinners start drying. A laser printer printout is needed for this. The thinners dissolves the printer ink which is transferred to the wood. A fine woodgrain works best. I sanded down to 800 grid to get the wood as smooth as possible. ...

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Drill Charging Station & DowelMax

03-02-2010 07:09 PM by thewoodwhisperer | 18 comments »

During my recent shop healing session, I realized I needed a better way to store my drills and chargers. This simple wall-hanging “box” did the trick. I also wanted to make the project fast and easy, so I decided to try out the DowelMax for the first time. The system is a breeze to use and produces strong reliable joints in just a fraction of the time it takes to create a traditional mortise and tenon. Fee free to download the SketchUp Drawing for this project if you want...

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