Introduction: How to Make Cordless Driver Holder From PVC Pipe

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This time I’ll show you how to make cordless driver holder from PVC pipe.

How I did it - you can check by looking DIY video or you can follow up instructions bellow. For this project you will need:

Materials:

75mm of diameter PVC pipe

Wood screws

Washers

Tools:

Drill and bits

Table saw, miter saw or any other tool for cut

Heat gun

Step 1: What and Why

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Time to time I spent some time to upgrade my shop by making work space more usable and comfortable to work. Today is time to make some holders for my cordless drivers, because to sit them on the workbench isn’t an option any more.

I used 75mm of diameter PVC pipe. This is a regular PVC pipe which you could find in your local hardware store. Measured and cut to needed length. For my tools it was 23cm.

Step 2: Cuts

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Found a mark, how deep drill must sit in a holder.
With table saw and crosscut sled made a cut. Used clamp for stop to ensure that each cut will be the same length for all 3 holders.

Next measured 4cm in both sides and made a cut with miter saw.

All those cuts could be made with any rotary tool, angle grinder or event a hand saw. I used what I had and what will allow me to work as fast as possible.

Step 3: Forming Right Shape

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Because PVC pipe was too small for my drills, I heated cut parts with a heat gun and bended out to make enough space for each tool. At this step, take your time and don’t try to make needed shape at once, because you could stretch PVC too much or even crack it.
All sharp PVC pipe edges I finished by scraping with utility knife and gave a light sanding with 80 grit sandpaper.

Step 4: Mounting in Place

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Drilled 3 holes on top for screws, to hang up holders in place. And one bigger in opposite side - which allow me to reach the last screw.
I screwed each holder with 3 small wood screws and washers. Washers will distribute drill weight to larger pipe surface.

Step 5: Result

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It took me about 40 minutes to make it and cost only 3 euros for materials. I like this holder a lot and I’m thinking - why I hadn't made it while while time ago..
I think, this is one of must have shop organizers a.k.a. holders, especially if you have more than one cordless drill.

Comments

PaulS312 made it! (author)2017-11-14

I used white PVC pipe I already had and simply cut out space for the drill grip area. works great.

JrL1 made it! (author)2017-11-07

I made similar, but used PVC "connectors". This enabled me to simply get the "slots" to the right width (no heating & bending). Also, the internal "stop ring" adds extra rigidity, so the slightly extra expense for these fittings is worth it. I also find that short lengths of PVC, enclosed in a wooden box makes for great storage for tubes of caulk, glue, florescent tubes, etc.

unagog (author)2017-11-06

Maybe this can be altered a little to hang the drills upside down with the battery end in the pipe and the drill facing outward. That way you can leave the bit in the drill if you want.

Alpha_geek made it! (author)2017-11-06

Here's my variation on a theme:

In place of 75mm pipe, I used 63mm (2-1/2") "downpipe", which has a much thinner wall, which has the benefit of not requiring any heating to bend, and it was easy to cut with my decrepit old rotary cutter. Also, because there is significantly less material, the pvc pipe is cheaper too.

However, thanks for the motivation WDT, there's a couple drill that how have their own personal storage space in the garage ... :-)

michaelmacnz (author)2017-11-05

Brilliant....so many drills.. (one for each purpose).. so little bench space....

JumpingThrghHoops (author)2017-11-05

Thanks for sharing your project it's going to be helpful to me by being organized because of better use of my small space.

I think it might be possible to mount the pvc holders vertically too if one wanted to.

shootr (author)2017-11-05

Love the simple but perfect solutions! I don't have a shelf to hang them from, think I will try some more robust drain pipe with end caps that I can screw to the wall, then glue the drainpipe holders into the caps.

johnny3h (author)shootr2017-11-05

Save the trouble and cost of caps and adhesives, simply cut some slots into the wall-end of the tubes, use heat gun to bend 2 or 3 tabs INWARD, allowing you to screw them to the wall.

nonobadog (author)2017-11-05

This is a great idea. I’m going to make mine a little longer because I normally leave a bit in the driver just because I’m too lazy to take them out all the time.

garry52w (author)nonobadog2017-11-05

Put a strip of wood with holes drilled for bits beside the drill hanger and you have a place for removing your bits and a place where you can find all your bits and bit accessories.

nonobadog (author)garry52w2017-11-05

Yes, I have bit holders. I still leave a bit in the driver. Typically I leave a phillips #2, (although it is really a JIS bit which works so much better than phillips). I find more often than not that is the bit I need the next time, why bother taking it out and putting it back in when I don't need to.

Mi cha el (author)2017-11-05

This is the bomb! I have waited literally years for someone to come up with the perfect holder, and this is it. I am on it! I hate having cordless drills laying around all the time. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

JamesA41 (author)2017-11-05

I wonder if this idea is marketable?

JamesA41 (author)2017-11-05

Great idea, thanks for sharing. I have to take the heat gun out today for a different project and if I wasn't on the road working, I'd make this for my workshop. Very convenient.

mxx (author)2017-11-05

Nice idea! jThanks!

itsmescotty (author)2017-11-05

I like it! Thanks for sharing.

Clever idea, so simple I never thought about it.

Guess what I'm going to do this afternoon. Probably dedicate an entire stick of pipe to them. Flair out some tabs so they can be temporally screwed to ladders, joists or anything handy.

Not many Instructables inspire me but this one is at the top of my list.

IvoG1 (author)2017-11-05

I have several spare pieces of 110mm pipes and this is the first instructable that seems handy for me. Now I just have to get 3 more cordless drills ;)

LaurentM (author)2017-11-05

So simple, yet so brilliant.

I'm defo going to do this. Thanks

sgbotsford (author)2017-11-05

You have quite the collection. Now we need a clever way to store several different chargers and spare batteries.

sgbotsford (author)2017-11-05

You could also use ABS for this. (black plastic sewer line) One of the advantages is that you can get it in 4" diameter, which would allow it to be used without reshaping. ABS takes paint well too.

ravijag (author)2017-11-02

Liked the idea. Will mod it to a smaller scale to hole all my screw drivers and pliers.

sgbotsford (author)ravijag2017-11-05

The downside for using it with screwdrivers: You can't see the tips. I buy my drivers one at a time just so that I have a chance of being able to tell them apart from the handle. I prefer taking a 1x2, drilling holes in it and screwing it on edge to the wall.

carl5blum (author)2017-11-05

Very Nice!

I might try cutting the handle slot all the way through and just letting the PVC flex.

Thank you for sharing. Carl.

leatherneck189 (author)2017-11-05

Handyman magazine had the same concept, it went one step further, and added a shelf for the chargers. in the September issue, check it out. Used sch 40 3" didn't require heating.

Random Hacks (author)2017-11-03

That's just too clever.

Jetsom (author)2017-11-02

The best ideas are the simple ones! Love the fact that it will also keep my workbench clear without placing the driver out of reach!

4DIYers (author)2017-11-02

Awesome idea! Easily accessible, yet keeps them packed away safely.

fzumrk (author)2017-11-02

Nice and simple. Now I have a use for some of those short piece of PVC pipe that are cluttering up my shop.

Swansong (author)2017-11-02

That's a brilliantly simple solution! That could help save some space in our garage :)

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