Introduction: Laser Cut Drill Holder
This is a simple thing that you can use to hang power tools on your wall. It's designed to hang the tools upside-down by their handle/battery and has room on top to use as a shelf or hold your battery charger. They also can be connected together to hold many tools, either with glue or some #6 screws and nuts.
- Laser Cutter
- 5mm Plywood (Home depot calls this "underlayment") - about 15 bucks for a 4x8 sheet, enough for ~16 of these
- Wood glue
- Masking tape
- Optional: #6 screws and nuts
Step 1: Laser Cut Design Files
There are two SVG files attached to this step - they are sized to fit the tools I have pictured with an opening of about 3.5" wide by 3" high. I have included an image of how I measured the tool to see if yours will. If not, you'll need to modify them.
I used this project as an opportunity to try Freecad - this is the first parametric model I created with it. Unfortunately I cannot attach that file type to this instructable, but I will make it available on my site here. If you need a different size you can modify dimensions in the "spreadsheet" part of the drawing and it should regenerate the 3d model and 2d layout - just export that to an SVG or DXF and cut it out.
I cut these on a modified chinese k40 laser that will just barely fit the parts as they are laid out in the SVG files, you can of course reconfigure to fit the machine you're using.
Step 2: Assemble the Parts
Lay the parts out as shown, put some glue on the seams, and fit it together. Put the middle piece in first and the rest just folds together around it. I find that the boards I get are never quite flat, so you'll probably need to use clamps or masking tape to hold the joints tight while the glue dries.
Step 3: Done
Hang it up! I usually stick a few of these together using a #6 screw in the small holes on the sides. I've found that at this size that five of them will line the screw holes up on wall studs at 16" centers (not perfectly, but it works out OK).