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How to build a drill charging station

MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Difficulty: Intermediate

You'll have everything on hand for your next D.I.Y. project with this fantastic storage solution. It incorporates holders for your drills, charger and bits.

 

This project is inspired by the extremely popular cordless drill storage charging station by experienced Bunnings Workshop member @Wayne. Many thanks again for sharing your wonderful project with us. 

Steps

Step 1

Take your length of 184 x 19mm Pine and cut two lengths at 100mm and two lengths 250mm. The shorter lengths will be our drill dividers, and the longer lengths will be the charging stations side panels.

 

Next take your length of 42 x 19mm Pine and cut four lengths at 200mm. These will be used to hang your drill in position. Use a small container as a guide to mark semi-circles at one end of your four hangers. Use a jigsaw to cut along the marked lines.

 

1.1 Measuring dividers.jpeg  1.2 Measuring sides.jpeg  1.3 Divider and sides cut.jpeg  1.4 Measuring hangers.jpeg   1.5 Hangers cut.jpeg  1.6 Marking hangers profile.jpeg  1.7 Cutting hangers profile.jpeg  1.8 Hanger profiles cut.jpeg

Step 2

Clamp all four of the hangers together and use an orbital sander to even out the cuts. At the midline of your hangers, mark and drill two 4mm mounting holes. You should place these holes around 70mm from either end.

 

2.1 Sanding hanger profiles.jpeg  2.2 Hanger profiles sanded.jpeg  2.3 Marking hole location on hangers.jpeg  2.4 Hole locations on hangers marked.jpeg  2.5 Drilling hole locations.jpeg 

Step 3

Apply glue to your two dividers and two side pieces, then position all four of them on top of the four hangers. Clamp them in position. Using the previous holes as a guide, drill into the dividers and side pieces with your 4mm drill. Join the hangers to the dividers and end pieces with your screws.

 

3.1 Applying glue to divider.jpeg  3.2 Positioning divider on hanger.jpeg  3.3 Clamping hnager and divider together.jpeg  3.4 Pre-drilling hanger and divider.jpeg  3.5 Joining hanger and divider.jpeg  3.6 Hanger and divider joined.jpeg  3.7 Side pieces and dividers with hangers attached..jpeg

Step 4

Measure and cut a piece of 184 x 19mm Pine to 240mm. This will be our joining piece, which ties everything together. Mark the timber at 68mm, 87mm, 155mm and 174mm. Mark and pre-drill two 4mm holes approximated 80mm from the outside edge in between the 19mm sections you marked out. Place this joining piece on top of the two dividers aligning them inside the marked lines. Using the previous holes as a guide, drill through the joining piece into the top of the dividers. Apply glue to the two dividers and place the joining piece on top of them. Fix the dividers to the joining piece with your screws.

 

4.1 Measuring horizontal joiner.jpeg  4.2 Marking locations for dividers on joiner.jpeg  4.3 Divider locations marked.jpeg  4.4 Pre-drilling mounting holes in horizontal joiner.jpeg  4.5 Pre-drilling holes into dividers.jpeg  4.6 Applying glue to dividers.jpeg  4.7 Fixing screws through horizontal joiner into dividers.jpeg

Step 5

Position the side panels up against the joining piece. Mark on the sides above and below the joining piece. Drill two 4mm holes through the side panels approximately 70mm in from the outside edges. Temporarily clamp the side pieces in place and drill through them into the horizontal piece. Remove the clamp and apply glue to the end of the horizontal joiner. Reposition the side pieces and fix them in place with your screws.

 

5.1 Positioning side pieces..jpeg  5.2 Marking side pieces.jpeg  5.3 Marking side pieces.jpeg  5.4 Side pieces marked.jpeg  5.5 Pre-drilling side pieces.jpeg  5.6 Side pieces clamped..jpeg  5.7 Pre-drilling horizontal through side piece.jpeg  5.8 Glue applied to horizontal joiner.jpeg  5.9 Fixing screws through side piece into horizontal joiner.jpeg

Step 6

Take your length of 42 x 19mm Pine and cut one length at 240mm. Place this trim piece on the horizontal joiner and between your two side panels. Pre-drill two holes on both sides through the side panels and into the trim piece. Remove the trim piece and apply glue to both ends and along the bottom. Reinsert the trim piece and fix it in position with two screws on both sides.

 

6.1 Measuring trim piece.jpeg  6.2 Trim piece in position.jpeg  6.3 Pre-drilling side and trim piece.jpeg  6.4 Applying glue to trim piece.jpeg  

 

Step 7

Take your length of 184 x 19mm Pine and cut one length of 240mm. Apply glue to both cut ends and insert it in between the two side panels and behind the trim piece. Position this shelf at an approximate 45-degree angle. Pre-drill two holes on both sides through the side panels and into the shelf. Fix the shelf in position with two screws on both sides.

 

7.1 Measuring shelf.jpeg  7.2 Applying glue to shelf.jpeg  7.3 Placing shelf in position.jpeg  7.4 Pre-drilling through side panel into shelf.jpeg  7.5 Fixing screws through side panel into shelf.jpeg

Step 8

Use your timber putty to fill any obvious gaps between pieces and your screw heads. Once the putty has dried, use your hand sander and 120 grit sandpaper to smooth the filled areas. Lightly run over any timber corners with the sander, so they are not as sharp.

 

8.1 Gaps in timber.jpeg  8.2 Filling gaps and screws holes.jpeg  8.3 Sanding timber filler.jpeg  8.4 Timber filled and sanded.jpeg

Step 9

Take your length of 42 x 19mm Pine and cut one length at 240mm. Use a small container as a guide to mark a quarter circle on two corners. Use your jigsaw to cut along the marked lines. Mark seven locations along the piece of timber. The first location is in the middle at 120mm, and the rest are spaced out 30mm from each other. Place some tape on your 6mm drill bit 15mm from the tip. Drill into your seven locations 15mm deep. Pre-drill two mounting holes through the timber's side 50mm in from each edge with your 4mm drill bit. Make sure these holes are between the holes drilled previously. Countersink those holes on the same side as you cut the profiled corners with a 6mm drill bit to a depth of 20mm. Apply glue to the opposite side and fix the bit holder onto your charging station's front face just below the trim piece and above where the drills are stored.

 

9.1 Measuring bit holder.jpeg  9.2 Bit holder cut.jpeg  9.3 Marking bit holder profile.jpeg  9.4 Cutting bit holder profile.jpeg  9.5 Bit holder profile cut.jpeg  9.6 Marking out bit hole locations.jpeg  9.7 Adding tape to drillbit as deoth gauge.jpeg  9.8 Bit location drilled.jpeg  9.9 Pre-drilling bit holder mounting holes.jpeg  9.10 countersinking mounting holes.jpeg  9.11 Applying glue to bit holder.jpeg  9.12 Fixing bit holder in location.jpeg

Step 10

Apply a couple of coats of varnish to the charging station and then attach mounting brackets. I've used L brackets as I fixed this unit to timber battens.

 

You've now completed your drill charging station. The shelf conveniently stores your charger and spare battery, drill bits are easily accessible, and you have storage for up to three drills. Because of the simple design, you can alter the lengths to suit any number of drills.

 

10.1 Applying varnish to charging station.jpeg  10.2 Attaching mounting brackets to charging station.jpeg  10.3 Attaching brackets to wall.jpeg  10.4 Mounted charging station.jpeg  10.5 Setting up charging station.png

Materials

  • 1 piece of 2.4m Dressed Pine 184 x 19mm
  • 1 piece of 2.4m Dressed Pine 42 x 19mm 
  • 50 screws 8 x 50mm
  • 1 can clear gloss varnish
  • 4 pieces 50mm angle brackets
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • Timber putty
  • P.V.A. glue

Tools

  • Handsaw or circular saw
  • Orbital sander
  • Jigsaw
  • Tape measure
  • 4mm drill bit
  • 6mm drill bit
  • Clamps

Images

1.1 Measuring dividers.jpeg

1.2 Measuring sides.jpeg

1.3 Divider and sides cut.jpeg

1.4 Measuring hangers.jpeg

1.5 Hangers cut.jpeg

1.6 Marking hangers profile.jpeg

1.7 Cutting hangers profile.jpeg

1.8 Hanger profiles cut.jpeg

2.1 Sanding hanger profiles.jpeg

2.2 Hanger profiles sanded.jpeg

2.3 Marking hole location on hangers.jpeg

2.4 Hole locations on hangers marked.jpeg

2.5 Drilling hole locations.jpeg

3.1 Applying glue to divider.jpeg

3.2 Positioning divider on hanger.jpeg

3.3 Clamping hnager and divider together.jpeg

3.4 Pre-drilling hanger and divider.jpeg

3.5 Joining hanger and divider.jpeg

3.6 Hanger and divider joined.jpeg

3.7 Side pieces and dividers with hangers attached..jpeg

4.1 Measuring horizontal joiner.jpeg

4.2 Marking locations for dividers on joiner.jpeg

4.3 Divider locations marked.jpeg

4.4 Pre-drilling mounting holes in horizontal joiner.jpeg

4.5 Pre-drilling holes into dividers.jpeg

4.6 Applying glue to dividers.jpeg

4.7 Fixing screws through horizontal joiner into dividers.jpeg

5.1 Positioning side pieces..jpeg

5.2 Marking side pieces.jpeg

5.3 Marking side pieces.jpeg

5.4 Side pieces marked.jpeg

5.5 Pre-drilling side pieces.jpeg

5.6 Side pieces clamped..jpeg

5.7 Pre-drilling horizontal through side piece.jpeg

5.8 Glue applied to horizontal joiner.jpeg

5.9 Fixing screws through side piece into horizontal joiner.jpeg

6.1 Measuring trim piece.jpeg

6.2 Trim piece in position.jpeg

6.3 Pre-drilling side and trim piece.jpeg

6.4 Applying glue to trim piece.jpeg

7.1 Measuring shelf.jpeg

7.2 Applying glue to shelf.jpeg

7.3 Placing shelf in position.jpeg

7.4 Pre-drilling through side panel into shelf.jpeg

7.5 Fixing screws through side panel into shelf.jpeg

8.1 Gaps in timber.jpeg

8.2 Filling gaps and screws holes.jpeg

8.3 Sanding timber filler.jpeg

8.4 Timber filled and sanded.jpeg

9.1 Measuring bit holder.jpeg

9.2 Bit holder cut.jpeg

9.3 Marking bit holder profile.jpeg

9.4 Cutting bit holder profile.jpeg

9.5 Bit holder profile cut.jpeg

9.6 Marking out bit hole locations.jpeg

9.7 Adding tape to drillbit as deoth gauge.jpeg

9.8 Bit location drilled.jpeg

9.9 Pre-drilling bit holder mounting holes.jpeg

9.10 countersinking mounting holes.jpeg

9.11 Applying glue to bit holder.jpeg

9.12 Fixing bit holder in location.jpeg

10.1 Applying varnish to charging station.jpeg

10.2 Attaching mounting brackets to charging station.jpeg

10.3 Attaching brackets to wall.jpeg

10.4 Mounted charging station.jpeg

10.5 Setting up charging station.png

 

7 Replies
Prawns
Super Contributor

Great job mate looks fantastic :smile: 

MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Many thanks for your kind comment, @Prawns. I've been using a charging station of this design for quite some time now and find it very functional.

 

Were you considering building something similar? You definitely won't regret it if you do!

 

Mitchell

 

Prawns
Super Contributor

Yep once I finish the laundry here, I definatly want to look closer at my shed and figure out some better tool storage, and probably a built in bench from the existing "built in" shelving across the wall :smile:  Currently bogging laundry for paintingCurrently bogging laundry for paintingWouldnt mind somthing like your tool storage for this area (Im running out of wall noggins to sit them on lol)Wouldnt mind somthing like your tool storage for this area (Im running out of wall noggins to sit them on lol)

Old-gal24
Super Contributor

Love this @MitchellMc between you and @Wayne you certainly have power tool storage covered...  I need to make one for myself.  Not sure who I will follow just yet... 

 

Thanks again for sharing..

This old gal

MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Thanks for your kind comment, @Old-gal24! Both charging stations are very similar in design and functionally almost the same. I'd suggest building the one that looks like it will suit your needs the best. The instructions I've put together should also help construct @Wayne's version. Good luck, and please share an image of your version when you make one.

 

Please let me know if you need any assistance with the build or have questions.

 

Mitchell

 

Ezzy
New Contributor

A well written instruction video (?), the photos will help immensely when l produce one for my workshop. Certainly a solid co sgruction & well planned. Congratulations. 

MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Many thanks for your kind comments, @Ezzy. However, the real hero in this project is @Wayne, as he's the one that came up with the idea. I just wrote some instructions for it.

 

We'll be looking forward to seeing your drill station. Reach out if you need assistance with it. We're here to help.

 

Mitchell

 

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