Tool Holder for a DeWalt Tool

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About: I miss the days when magazines like Popular Mechanics had all sorts of DIY projects for making and repairing just about everything. I am enjoying posting things I have learned and done since I got my first ...

Intro: Tool Holder for a DeWalt Tool

Many DeWalt battery tools come with an optional belt hook. The user can also order a hex bit holder. I wanted to use the belt hook to make a magnetic tool holder for multiple tools.

Materials

  • Ceramic magnets (approximately 1/2" x 7/8" x 1 3/4" each in a package of two. Get at Lowe's, Harbor Freight, most hardware stores)
  • #14 steel sheet
  • 1/8 x 3/4 inch steel bar
  • Masking tape

Tools

  • Angle grinder with a cutting wheel
  • Grinder
  • Measuring tools
  • MIG welder
  • Drill
  • Vise
  • Aluminum angle
  • Spring clamps

Step 1: Mark and Cut Sheet Steel

I like to lay down masking tape and mark on it. I placed my two magnets next to each other and marked around them with a pencil. A fit too loose is better than a fit too tight. I used a cutting wheel on an angle head grinder to cut the piece of steel I would use.

Step 2: Support Pieces

I welded two pieces of 1/8" x 3/4" steel bar to the base piece with a corner weld joint as shown in the first photo. The finished product is shown in the second photo.

The 3/4" pieces are taller than the magnets and will keep bits from rolling off of the magnets in use.

Step 3: Belt Clip

A belt clip came with my driver/drill, but I have never used it. Extra belt clips are for sale from dealers and from Amazon.

I positioned the belt clip on the back of the welded assembly and made four welds to hold it in place. My intention was for the base or backing metal to be the same thickness as the belt clip. Also, I checked to be certain the driver/drill would still be able to rest on the battery after the tool holder was attached to the driver/drill.

Step 4: Mounting Screw

I drilled through the screw hole in the belt clip through the base piece. Then I enlarged the hole to pass the head of the factory mounting screw.

Round corners and grind away rough or sharp edges.

Screw your new tool holder to the side of your DeWalt tool. Which side you choose is your choice. Slide the magnets into place. Add bits, etc. to take with you.

Step 5: Use

Because the tool holder is not bounded on all four sides, you can carry longer tools, like drills for a job that requires more than one size.

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    MTKapp27

    5 days ago

    My mind went immediately to a 3D print attachment. I'll post it if i do it. I will use standard magnets you can get from lowes or harbor freight

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    Phil BMTKapp27

    Reply 4 days ago

    I look forward to your pictures.

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    Yonatan24

    6 days ago

    I've been trying to think of a method for storing bits on my small drill that I put in my backpack: https://chinacoupon.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/1...

    It needs to hold bits tightly and not interfere with normal usage. If anyone has any idea that would be great!

    Also if you're afraid of harming your drill with the magnets, you can use aluminum C-channel if you have any laying around.

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    cdavenport

    10 days ago

    I long ago removed the large plastic belt clip from my Hitachi. It never occurred to me to use that gaping hole for something useful! A few minutes to blueprint and design, and two hours to print, I have this nifty tool holder which saves all kinds of time that I used to waste searching the shop for my tool holder! I've several other drills that I intend to modify with your idea. Thanks so much!

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    Phil Bcdavenport

    Reply 10 days ago

    Thank you for your photos.

    My son-in-law has a 90 degree DeWalt drill. It quit working and he wanted me to make it work sgain. (The battery was the problem.) He mentioned he never uses the belt clip, and that a snap in holder for a hex bit was available st extra cost. I thought a larger magnetic surface would be more versatile and more useful. That is what you see here on a driver/drill.

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    cdavenport

    11 days ago

    Thank you for this idea! I'm modifying it a bit by 3D printing a holder which will fit my Hitachi cordless. I'll post a photo for you.

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    Phil Bcdavenport

    Reply 11 days ago

    One fun aspect of Instructsbles is to make such changes according to your needs and resources. Thank you for looking.

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    Phil BPhil B

    Reply 11 days ago

    Here are a couple of additional thoughts. Attaching magnets is very easy with steel construction. Printed construction would require surrounding some of the magnets physically to restrain them. And, too much heat from the melted filament will demagnetize the magnets. Your proposal may still work very well, but there are a couple of additional parameters around which to work.