Introduction: PVC Drill/Tool Holder

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I was able to pick up a bunch of second hand gently used Ryobi tools off craigslist, for the eventual opening of a maker space out here in Freeburg. Currently I have them pretty much stuck everywhere & decided that there has to be a better way to store them. Yes I could have used pegboard but for the amount of tools that I would have had to hang I probably would have required a full sheet just to hang 3 drills, 2 impact drivers, 2 reciprocating saws, along with finding shelves for 3 circular saws.

So to help organize the tools I figured I would use a scrap of PVC pipe to come up with a prototype, and I liked it so much I made another. Now I need to go to the hardware store and pick up more PVC to make a full drill rack.

Tools used

  • Drill
  • Reciprocating saw with wood blade.
  • Hole saw kit
  • Drill bits
  • Impact driver
  • pocket knife


  • 3" PVC pipe
  • 2 wood screws.

I figured that if PVC works well for holding fishing rods why not drills. And as one can never have too many tools for a maker space this will be entered in the Remix 2.0 and Shelving Contests.

The Remixed Instructable.

Step 1: Make It So...

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The assembly is pretty straight forward and relatively easy.

  1. Use a hole saw to cut a hole larger then the width of the handle.
  2. Clamp the pipe into a vise.
  3. Use the reciprocating saw and turn the hole into a U shape.
  4. Test fit the drill.
  5. Use the pocket knife to gently cave away any loose plastic
  6. Cut the pipe to about 4 inches in length.
  7. Drill 2 holes that are about the same diameter of the wood screws.
  8. Using the 2 screws mount the drill shelf at a 45* angle so that gravity will hold the drill.
  9. Rinse and repeat for as many drills as you need.
  10. Mount them with about an inch of clearance between them.

    2 down, 3 more to go. The only down side is that these would be best for storing drills and drivers without the battery. While improbable one could insert a drill or something with enough force to depress the trigger. As this is basically only for storage the bottom driver is accessed by removing the top drill on the squatter impacts this is a boon as they are rear heavy and with jostling may jiggle out if one is manhandling something on the bench The tool above works to hold the tool below in place.


JTTrojan made it! (author)2016-10-17

Thanks for the instructable. I made a variation of this for the student makerspace at my kid's school.

Arthur_Cardoso made it! (author)2016-05-06

TKS man

Yonatan24 (author)2015-11-15

That's a really good idea! I wish I had enough drills so it would as efficient... ;)

CosmiChild (author)2015-09-22

Finally found a way to store some of my tools! I will make it for sure and use skepticaljay's advance.

Thanks a lot for this idea.

ggallen103 (author)2015-09-16

would work for hairdressers as well blow dryers, curling irons, etc

dmwatkins (author)2015-09-15

Great idea! Is there anything you could mount to the drill forward of the trigger to keep it from being depressed? I'm sure that would be different for each drill... Or if the drills have the type of direction switch that prevents the trigger from being pulled when the switch is halfway in.... but that would require people to go to oh so much effort when putting it away (sarcasm)

MoTinkerGNome (author)dmwatkins2015-09-15

Thanks for the concern.... I actually tried to jam it in there with a battery to see if it would start the drill. Yes if forced it will spin however the trigger spring tension was more than enough to stop the drill so I just didn't worry about it. And being pointed in a safe direction even if it spun up with a bit it would not hurt anything.

Now that you mention it the Ryobi drills and drivers both have the halfway directional safety. But I usually keep the batteries in the chargers as they maintain the Lithium Ion Packs.

I laughed at your effort comment.

Eric Brouwer (author)2015-09-15

Nice idea.

Thank you.

skepticaljay (author)2015-09-14

I really like this. you could also line them with some foam for a more secure and quite.

That is a great suggestion. I may just have some yoga mat lying about. Now if only, to find where I stuck it.

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