|Project by Gittyup||posted 01-21-2015 03:26 AM||3164 views||7 times favorited||14 comments|
I have a few tools that I use all the time: sanders, drill, driver. For a long time I just left them plugged in and piled up on a lowboy tool chest. The problem was they always got tangled up. I’d pick up one tool and pull two more onto the floor. Also, My power tools are plugged into the wall about 4 feet from my bench. Many times their standard cords are just a bit short. So, I looked and looked for ideas to manage hand power tools and found some good solutions. But none were quite what I needed: a way to add short extension cords to about 6 tools without getting them all tangled up. This is what I came up with, hoping to help someone. Or get some better ideas from others.
I made a false wall having 6 channels about 4 feet high. I closed the whole thing in except for the top of each channel and mounted a shelf in front of it to hold my tools. I purchased short (9’) extensions cords and attached one to each tool and dressed them into a power strip. I push the extension cords down into the channels and then the tool cord. This way each is always separated from the other when stored. I pull out as much cord as I need, with each tool having about 15’ of working cord (plenty to reach anywhere on my bench). When finished the cords easily push back into their channels.
The second photo shows the shelf location relative to the workbench.
The only drawback is you have to watch what you hang over top. If you drop something in, it would be a real PITA to get out. So, I tried to place large things and things I seldom use over the channels.
What do you think?........ honestly.