Simple does it:
I wanted to make a compact organizer for my screwdrivers.
Since I'm still "building" my "workshop" and gathering equipment, this presented me with the challenge of making something using only very basic hand-tools.
Aside of this, it needed to be compact, sturdy and provide for easy tool access.
Step 1: Materials/tools
I chose balsa wood as construction material for being easy to cut up by hand and being stronger and more "classy" than cardboard. (In my honest opinion)
The broad (cough) range of tools/products used:(in order of appearance)
- 2 panes of balsa wood(100 mm x 1000 mm x 6 mm) (€ 5)
- A square
- X-acto knife
- The screwdrivers themselves
- Wood glue
- sandpaper (grit 220)
- Varnish (I prefer matt varnish)
Step 2: Drawing Plans and Making the First Cuts
I drew a very basic plan to work from but I've added some ready to use templates for everyone to use (pdf; scale 1:1).
When designing your own version (which you will probably need to do), keep in mind the heights of the side panels.
They must be at least the hight of the screwdriver shaft.
Some general tips:
- Draw before cutting: mark the sections that need to be cut to avoid any mistakes.
- Before every step, think "what could I possibly screw up now?" (Adam Savage wisdom)
- Always cut away from any fingertips or other delicate body parts.
- Be patient: you'll notice cutting parallel with the wood fibres goes a lot smoother than perpendicular cuts.
you should keep this in mind when laying out the patterns.
- When you put to much pressure on your knife, you'll compress the wood, making the cut look ugly and making further cuts harder.
Step 3: Line-up and Holemaking
Place your tools in a logical order and mark the holes on the board.
Next: start making the holes with a small screwdriver and build up to the desired hole size.
(I couldn't resist putting it together without the glue)
Step 4: Gluing/varnish
- Sand the pieces (pencil lines and splinters at the holes). Make sure the wood is semi-dust free for gluing.
- Glue every plane that makes contact with another, wipe of any excess glue.
- Use painters tape to put some pressure on the joints.
- Let dry for 24 hours, personalize (optional) and varnish.
- Let dry again.
- ... Congratulations! you've got yourself a screwdriver organizer
If anyone were to make this: Feel free to share your results with me (and the rest of the world).