If you've seen any of my instructables you will see me using one of my favorite tools in my toolbox, my dremel rotary tool. The problem being, all I had to store all of my attachments was a small plastic bag. They kept spilling all over my tool bag so I wanted to make a small storage box to keep them organized. If you have rotary tool attachments or other small tools floating around your toolbox and want to fix that, read on!
Step 1: Supplies
For this project you will need...
- Small wooden box (recipe boxes are a great size for this)
- Craft plywood
- Saw/ dremel
- Xacto knife
- Clear coat (optional)
- Foam brush/ paint brush
- Paper towels
- Rubber gloves (optional)
Step 2: False Bottom
From the beginning, I knew that I wanted this box to not only store the tool attachments but I also wanted a compartment for the extra cutting disks, sanding drums, and the adjustment wrench. I decided to make a drawer below the tool storage to store these extra pieces. To make the space in the box, I needed to make a false bottom for the foamboard to rest on to create a cavity in the bottom section of the box. To begin, I measured out the dimensions of the box interior and traced them onto the plywood. I cut off the excess from the plywood using both my saw and dremel tool.
Step 3: Cutting the Foam Board
Using the same procedure as the plywood, I traced and cut out the foamboard that the tool heads would actually sit in once the box was assembled.
Step 4: False Bottom Supports and Test Fit
To keep the false bottom from sinking into the box, I made four small wood strips from the plywood that the plywood would sit on. Using the square, I measured the foam and plywood to get the depth that the supports needed to be attached in the box so the false bottom would be recessed from the top of the box. Once the supports were glued into place, I test fitted the false bottom into the box.
Step 5: Adding the Drawer
This took the most time and patience of the entire project. To begin, I drew out where the drawer would be on the face of the box. Once I was satisfied with the layout, I began cutting the opening with the dremel tool and the xacto knife. When the hole was completely cut out, I cut the bottom,side and back of the drawer. I hot tried to super glue the drawer together but ended up hot gluing since the superglue wasn't setting up properly. Either way, the drawer was built and ready for storage.
Step 6: Staining and Clear Coat
Using the foam brush I applied a couple of coats of stain, wiping off the excess after allowing the stain to seep into the wood for several minutes. Do this as many times as you want to get the stain just right. Once it has dried, add a layer of clear coat to protect your work.
Step 7: Add the Foam and Drill
For the last step, I drilled the foam for the tool attachments to rest in. To do this, I made a grid using the square so everything was more or less evenly spaced. For the time being, I have space for nine attachments. Once the grid was laid out, I used the engraving tool with my dremel. I did this step earlier, but ended up having to remove the foam and false bottom before cutting the hole for the drawer.
Step 8: Finished!
Now everything is completed, you have a nice case for your rotary tool attachments. This was a fun project and has really helped me to keep my attachments organized and from floating around my tool bag. Thanks for reading!