Introduction: Up-cycled Power Drill and Bits Holder
In this tutorial, we'll see how we can use an old piece of wood and plywood board to make a wall mounted drill machine & bits holder. There are many nice tutorials out there that teach the same concept but all have some subtle differences, which you'll figure out after going through.
Step 1: Overview
For this project, I've used an old piece of wood that was extracted out of a window that we longer need in our house for the bits-holder.
The plywood board was also a decade old and orphan piece that had no practical use till now. This was used to make the holder for the drill and the base for the bits-holder.
I used to keep my drill machine and the bits in a wooden box that was made by a professional carpenter many years ago. This way of storing the drill wasn't effective or intuitive, which lead to this project.
Step 2: Tools and Materials
I have used an arc welding machine to make the angles for the wall. However, you might avoid this f you don't have a welder and just buy angles from any hardware store. Below is a list of the tools and materials used:
- Solid natural 3" x 1" 20" long piece of wood
- Plywood of 1' x 2 ' dimension
- Angle grinder/sander with 80 grit sanding wheel (If the wood is painted)
- Two metal angles, should be minimum of 10" length with fasteners
- Few 3/4" self tapping screws for wood and a screw driver
- Saw (any kind for cutting wood/plywood)
- Wood Varnish/polish for finishing
Step 3: Prepare the Wood and Board
If you have an unconditioned piece of wood, you may use the angle grinder or sander to slowly rub out its external surface. This will remove the old paint and fresh wood will appear underneath. In my case, I had some pieces of screw inside the wood as well. If the screws were small, I would have removed these but I decided to leave them intact due to their size.
The plywood board had some sun-mica on it, which I left as is. I just chopped the sides that were damaged and used a jigsaw to cut out a piece of 3" x 4" somewhere off center on one of the longer sides. This was done for sliding in the handle of the drill machine into the board for a better support.
Step 4: Making the Bit Holder
Well, firstly, the concrete, woodworking & metalworking bits were separated and arranged in ascending order on my workbench. This helped in figuring out the number of holes required for the bits. Then there were some other tools like key and extra chuck, an allen key, etc. All these could go in a hole except the chuck. For which I used a screw to hold.
I used the drill machine and the bits for wood to make the holes by comparing against the size of the bits in a zig-zag pattern. This pattern ensured more bits fit in minimum area. After completing this, I varnished the wood and screwed a 3/4" screw near the holes where the keys would go for holding the extra chuck.
You can choose any pattern or number of holes for drilling that suits your requirements.
Then two little pieces of wood were screwed to the short edges to give this holder an elevation.
Step 5: Putting It All Together
First of all, we need to prepare the drill machine holder, which also acts as a base for carrying the wooden bit holder, we just made in the previous step. This was quite straightforward. All you need to do now is to screw the plywood board on to the angles as shown in the pictures. Once, this is done, screw this setup to the wall by marking the holes first. After screwing in, I screwed two small pieces of thin plywood sheet at the front in order to prevent the drill machine from falling off in case of any carelessness on the user's part when placing the drill.
Step 6: Finishing Off
Now we're all done and can keep putting our stuff on it. We start by keeping the bit holder on the base near the wall. Then we add the bits. Finally, we slide in the drill in the cutout we made for the drill machine's handle.
This took me less than 2 hours to make.Thanks to my wife for helping me with drilling the holes in the wooden bit holder and varnishing it.
I hope you enjoy your build!
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