Introduction: Cordless Tool Charging Station
Unlike many other drill charging stations, this one is designed to hold a whole combo set of cordless tools. It's made from one 2'x4' sheet of 3/4" plywood for less than $20. Watch my video to see how I made it, then follow the steps in this Instructable.
Tools: Saw, Drill, Tape Measure, Square
Supplies: 3/4" Plywood 2'x4', Sandpaper, Spray Adhesive, 1-5/8" Screws, Mounting Hardware
Step 1: Rip the Plywood
Rip one 16" x 48" piece from the plywood. Rip the remaining piece in half lengthwise to make two pieces for the sides, which will be about 3.75" x 48" each.
Tool Tip - You can easily make this project with a circular saw or jigsaw using a straight edge or even just by following a straight line. Just be patient because it might take a little longer.
Step 2: Crosscut the Shelves
Crosscut the 16"x48" piece into shelves. I cut three 8"x16" shelves and two 10.5"x16" shelves. This left me with an off-cut of about 2.5"x16" that I could use as a mounting cleat.
Note: Measure your tools to determine how many shelves you need and how deep they need to be.
Step 3: Customize the Shelves
Make any additional cuts to customize the shelves to hold your tools. I cut a slot in the circular saw shelf for the blade to sit in. I made a cutout in the back of the charger shelf for power cables to pass through. I also cut slots to hold my drills. For a decorative touch, I cut a curve on the front edge of all of the shelves.
Tip - This is your chance to get creative with both form and function. Make it look cool!
Step 4: Assembly
Space the shelves out so the openings are big enough for your tools, then drill pilot holes and screw on the sides. Use a square to make sure everything is parallel and perpendicular.
Note: I did not use glue in case I want to move the shelves around in the future.
Step 5: Top It Off (Optional)
When I finished assembly, the top was just calling for a brace with my logo on it. I used my X-Carve to carve my logo into a 5"x16" board, then I painted the carving black and attached it for a brace. I think this was the cherry on top!
Step 6: Mount It and Fill It Up With Tools!
I used a small cutoff piece from the plywood to mount it on the wall. A French Cleat is a good idea for this project. It will hold a fair amount of weight for all of the tools and batteries.
I really like this design because the tools are visible from the sides and the front, unlike a box with full sides that would enclose them and be kind of dark inside. Looks sort of like a store display.
Thanks for looking at my Instructable project and I hope this gives you some ideas for organizing your cordless tools. ~ Steve...