Introduction: Screw Gun Rack

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This is a very simple rack I made to hold the screw guns, drills, and electric shears in the tool crib at the construction company I work for.

Step 1: PVC Pipe

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I used scrap 4" PVC cut to 14" long to accommodate the length of the DeWalt (DW257) screw guns that were used for my measurements.

Step 2: Cut Notches

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A 2" hole saw was used to make a hole 3" in from one end of each of the 14" lengths of 4" PVC and a jig saw was then used to cut into the hole from the nearest end.

Step 3: Drill Mount Holes

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At 90 degree angels to the notches a hole was drilled with a #6 wood screw countersink bit. One set of holes was drilled out larger to accommodate a screwdriver to pass into the pipe for mounting.

Step 4: Mount to a Board/Wall

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I mounted the pipes to a scrap of 3/4" plywood cut to ~2'x4'6". I could have mounted it directly to a wall but opted to mount to a board so I could move the entire unit as necessary.

Step 5: Make Improvements

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I also used a cutting of leftover pipe to make a basket to hold screw tip, drill handles, and other accessories. This was made by cutting a 45 degree angle on one end the screwing it to the board from the backside.

Step 6: How to Use

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Each pipe is mounted with only two 3/4" #6 wood screws but the interlocking formation that I used to mount them makes for a strong mount. All the same I would not recommend holstering your heaviest drill on the lowest tier. The screw guns, drills, and electric shears all have the same handle shape and simply slide into the pipe with the handles falling into the notches. The cords must then be gathered up so as not to drag on the floor. I wound the cord into itself but tape, Velcro, or cable ties would all work. I hope you all find this enjoyable and hopefully useful. Please ask questions and leave comments. -Samuel


SWV1787 (author)2013-04-09

Here are some photos of the makita cordless drill and impacts that we use. One photo to show a length comparison and a couple showing how they sit in the rack

pwilkins (author)2013-04-08

ever tried it with cordless drills? I was thinking of trying it in my school wood shop.

SWV1787 (author)pwilkins2013-04-08

I have an 18volt Black and Decker firestorm that will hang nicely in it but some of our shop owned cordless impacts are too short to hang really well as they want to tilt backward in the holsters. I have never so far had a drill fall out of any of the holsters but the impacts just don't sit as pretty.

pwilkins (author)SWV17872013-04-08

ok thanks

naplatki (author)2013-04-07

A very good idea.

repguy2020 (author)2013-03-29

A single strip of velcro works really well to organize cords. An inch or two of the wonderful stuff is all it takes and you've got a removable cable tie that holds like nobody's business. Just offset the pieces by half and attach them to one another. Love the idea. it's a neat use of ABS pipe and 5/8 ply. Nicely designed and done, sir.

shootr (author)2013-03-28

Good looking, efficient - I voted for it! Good luck!

djcassil (author)2013-03-26

When I saw this a l thought this is really cool - I have no need for this - I only have 1 drill - however what struck me was that I could take the general idea, dress up the finish so it would be suitable for indoor use and make a holder for hair dryer, curling irons etc. for my bathroom - most of the ones you see in the commercial market take up a bunch of counter space ( a precious commodity) or stick out 90 from wall (annoying) - Your design would work better because it would be flush against the wall and the angle of the pvc would give easy access. Wish me luck. If you have a significant other in your life - you might just have a new project.

tim_n (author)2013-03-26

Good idea, exactly what I'm looking for in my workshop, though not sure how I'd fit in a double handed drill which is the current bane of my workshop counter!

SWV1787 (author)tim_n2013-03-26

Is the 2nd handle unable to detach from the drill? The yellow DeWalt drill in the photo has it's handle shoved in the basket on my rack here.
If the handle wont come off is it mounted inline with the primary handle or is it at a 90 degree?
You might be able to cut the notches deeper to fit the extra handle or perhaps another idea might be had. What make and model is the drill or could you post a photo of it?

vincent7520 (author)2013-03-26

Nice compact housing.
Material is not very innovative. The arrangement is : most of the time that's where invention shows.

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