Drill Shelf




Introduction: Drill Shelf

Whenever I need my drill or impact driver I have to move some tool boxes around and dig for them. It wastes a significant amount of time. My chargers are not in a convenient location either. I searched online and found plans for a shelf here: http://www.hertoolbelt.com/cordless-drill-storage. Many thanks to the original author, it is a great idea. I decided to make a version for myself, omitting the drawer and using only scraps of a 1"x12".

In this instructable I will demonstrate how I made a shelf for my cordless tools.

Step 1: Gather Materials

I only used a sanded pine 1"x12" board with the following cuts:

(2x) 1" x 12" x 26" long (top and middle shelves)

(1x) 1" x 12" x 26" long with slots (bottom shelf)

(1x) 1" x 12" x 27 1/2" long (back)

(2x) 1" x 12" x 12" long (sides)

I fastened everything with deck screws. For tools I used a chop saw, cordless drill, 1/4" impact driver, various grits of sandpaper, 1 1/2" hole saw, rotary tool with spiral bit, and a countersink bit to match my screws.

Step 2: Fix Your Countersink Bit

In a previous project I broke the drill bit in my countersink combination bit. It was a #12, but the closest matching bit I had was 1/8" (I break a lot of bits). It turned out to be quite fortunate since the 1/8" bit drilled much better than the original.

The bit in the countersink tool has a small flat on the shank so a set screw in the tool can lock it in place. I held my 1/8" bit with vice grips and touched it off to my grinder wheel. The stock radii on the edges of the grinding wheel formed a nice transition from the drill shank diameter to the flat. At one point I lost my alignment and ground a small second flat, but it still all fit back together nicely.

Step 3: Cut Shelves

I measured my cordless tools and chargers and decided on a shelf length (26") that fit my needs with a small amount of room for expansion. Your results may vary.

I also measured my tools to determine the slot width and depth. I decided to cut the slots using a hole saw to keep the end of the slot round and a rotary tool to cut the length of the slot. Even though I clamped guides in place while I used my rotary tool the slots came out a little wavy. I sanded the surfaces and chamfered the edges so when I hastily grab a tool I don't stab myself.

I have 5 slots 1 1/2" wide by 5 1/2" long, spaced 5" on center.

Step 4: Assemble

I started by making a box with the slotted shelf on the bottom, the 26" board on top and the two 12" boards on the sides. I pre-drilled and countersunk deck screws, 3 per corner.

I then placed my tools in the slots and measured up from the slotted shelf. I had enough clearance at 3 1/2" so that is where I placed the middle shelf. I pre-drilled and countersunk 3 deck screws per side.

Lastly I flipped the box on its face and lined up the back board. I secured the back in placed with 8 deck screws.

Step 5: Finish

I pre-drilled clearance holes for 4 lag screws with washers to secure the shelf to studs. I screwed a power strip to the side and I may still tack some nails in the sides to hang cases of drill bits and other accessories. This freed up a ton of space and now my most often used tools are directly over my workbench (chest freezer).

Thanks for reading.

End of line.

Woodworking Contest 2017

Participated in the
Woodworking Contest 2017

Build a Tool Contest 2017

Participated in the
Build a Tool Contest 2017

1 Person Made This Project!


  • Laser Challenge

    Laser Challenge
  • Hide It Challenge

    Hide It Challenge
  • Hour of Code Speed Challenge

    Hour of Code Speed Challenge