Simple Drill Charging "Center" & Drill Press Drawer

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Project by oldskoolmodder posted 03-11-2009 11:55 PM 13421 views 11 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know everyone seems to build and show these things, but it’s because we all need them at some point. I’ve been meaning to build one, and finally took some time in the shop today to knock out a few quick shop “tools”, after being in the dog house yesterday with the better half. We’ve all been there, haven’t we?

I don’t make any secret my like for Ryobi cordless drills, Drill press or 8.25” Radial Arm Saw (which I’ve had for 20+ years), and since I just got a new Li-Ion Drill kit a few weeks ago, I figured it was time to get to building this project to keep things off the kitchen counter, or at least in one place on the counter when it was charging time.

I didn’t have any pre-conceived idea of how it was going to be built, I just went to work to work and whatever I ended up with was going to be fine. I just knew I need it to hold the 3 drills, chargers, batteries and anything else would be a bonus. As it turns out, there was MAYBE an 1/8” clearance on the bottom shelf where the batteries are (WHEW!) and it’ll store up to five batteries there, Or I can store 3 with room for the 150 Ryobi Bits/Tips roll-up keeper there. I like the idea that the Li-Ion/NiCad Charger can be mounted vertically so that’s what I decided to so while the other older NiCad charger could just sit on the shelf area next to the drill bits and screw tips containers (Dewalt, because Ryobi doesn’t make nice small cases like those). I did use a small piece of Red Oak for the Drill holder so it would hold up a bit better, Plus it was scrap and not useful for anything else at the time.

The only thing I would change I think at this point is adding a few small handles on either side at the top, to make it easier to carry. I have the handles so it won’t cost anything extra. Total cost for this was $6 for a 1” x 10” x 6’ whiteboard. Leftover 1/4” MDF for the back.

Next was the small drawer/lift for the Ryobi Drill Press. I chose to put the drawer on the side so I could get it out easier than one long drawer pulling all the way out and spilling when it does get pulled out too far. This way it could just be pulled out onto the counter top. Oddly enough, I decided that the sanding discs for the (Ridgid) Orbital Sander fit great there, so that’s where they ended up, along with a few misc wrenches and stuffs.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#1 posted 03-12-2009 04:28 AM

Very nice design.
With this handy and well orgarized battery charging center/station, you have no reason for not finding the charger or the battery pack (like my self).

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 03-12-2009 04:34 AM

hahaha, I’m a guy, I’ve got PLENTY of excuses! I’m often times reminded by the better half that not all my excuses are very good though.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#3 posted 03-12-2009 04:50 AM

Great organizer. Nice job on the construction.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 03-12-2009 05:14 AM

Thx Karson, I like it when I have no plans and the project comes out ok a little while later.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#5 posted 03-12-2009 04:06 PM

Great Ideas!!

Thanks for validating my thoughts that not every piece of shop storage needs to look like a Sam Maloof museum piece. Simple, Serviceable, Usable!!!!

Love your work!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 03-12-2009 07:04 PM

Very nice work. I made drill charging stations for my shop (although diffeent ) but it has made looking for bits, etc sooooo much easier to find and as a result, I have cut down on my swearing and cursing whenever I neede to find my rechargeables. Keep up the good work !!!!!

-- Pie

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#7 posted 03-12-2009 07:38 PM

Lew, I dare say EVERY shop piece should be the quality of Sam Maloof pieces, as long as those pieces are never to be used for actual shop work. Things that look pretty don’t always have a place in the shop, it’s those down and dirty quick pieces that help us the most. Those down & dirty pieces are often times the things that help us make the Sam Maloof quality pieces.

Thanks Pie, this is just one of my many pieces in the series of “shop tools on the cheap”.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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