Cordless drill charging station

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Project by HickoryHill posted 03-16-2011 02:37 AM 43751 views 95 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cordless drill charging station is of my own design, but with some heavy influence from a couple Shop Notes articles. The actual slots for holding the drills came from Shop Notes 58. The other Shop Notes I referenced was #100.

I wanted a place to put all the chargers, drills and batteries so they just weren’t lying around on my counters. I went through several designs, from a wide and short design to the design you see here. I wanted a place also to store my drill index and various other bits. My original intent was to store the batteries in the drawer, but there is enough room behind the drills to store the extra batteries. That way I could store more in the drawers, like my forstner bits.

There is a gap between the back station wall and the actual back of the cabinet allowing any cords to go behind there. Plus if needed it can be placed in front of an outlet and hide all plug ends with the built in space. The top shelf is removable so I can get to cords and a power strip underneath it.

Rough measurements are 14”D x 25”W x 27”H.

All the design work was done in Sketchup. Materials consist of 3/4” Oak plywood for everything except for the drawer which is 1/2” Baltic Birch ply.

I made a 1/2” mdf template to cut out the notches. I then used a router to cut half the notch and then cut the other half of the notch when it was removed. A 1/4” round over bit was run around all the edges of the notches.

This is pretty much done on this it just needs to drawer slides and drawer knob.

Thanks for looking! Any questions just let me know.

EDIT: I am using 75# full extension slides on mine. Don’t plan on running to the local HD, Lowes, Menards to find 10” slides, they don’t have them (atleast not mine). I got my slides from Lee Valley as they were the cheapest option between themselves, Rockler and Woodcraft.

-- Jim, Michigan

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#1 posted 03-16-2011 02:43 AM

And here I thought I was bad with three cordless drills. Very nice design and finished project.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#2 posted 03-16-2011 03:14 AM

I Like it! Nice collection of drills. I have some in my wood shop and some in the garage, some in the toy hauler and then some at work. Great job on this.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 03-16-2011 03:31 AM

Very Nice. I like the “hanging” drill shelf. Just grab and go to work.
Is there enough room to leave bits in the drills when hanging?

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#4 posted 03-16-2011 03:39 AM

Very nice. Love the huge drawer. That would be big enough for every bit and driver kit I own and then some.

Thanks for posting.

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#5 posted 03-16-2011 03:46 AM

Good design and very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 03-16-2011 04:24 AM

@Gary – It’s going to depend on the bit as to what fits in there. I have one of the longer slipping cover screw guides that won’t fit in there when on a drill.

-- Jim, Michigan

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#7 posted 03-16-2011 04:25 AM

Looks great Jim! I need to build one of these! Good idea and design….....

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#8 posted 03-16-2011 04:26 AM

If anyone needs a sketchup file of it, just PM with your email address and I will pass it along!

-- Jim, Michigan

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#9 posted 03-16-2011 05:13 AM

Nice project. Hardworking and well done.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 03-16-2011 05:36 AM

Excellent !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 03-16-2011 08:48 AM

very nice staytion

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#12 posted 03-16-2011 10:11 AM

why did you make a cut out on the sides of the slots for the drills?

-- Ben L

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#13 posted 03-16-2011 01:00 PM

I love it! I wish I had seen this before I made mine. Oh well I can always make a new one!

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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#14 posted 03-16-2011 01:40 PM

@Apex – The author of the article in Shopnotes 58 suggested this. He ran into problems with some of the cordless drills reversing switched resting on the slot rather than the case of the drill. So he made that area wider to accommodate the sliding switches.

-- Jim, Michigan

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