Drill and Driver Tote – The Ugly Duckling

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Project by Jim Bertelson posted 02-21-2016 04:52 PM 2866 views 19 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bosch 12V Lithium-Ion powered tools, including a drill with a 3/8” chuck, a mini-driver with a hex chuck, and an impact driver are in constant use in my shop.

I found I was making multiple trips every day to carry these essential tools to various parts of the shop…………and the drill bits and driver bits as well.

Had to be a solution, in the form of a tote.

Perusing the posts from the fine woodworkers here at LJ’s I came upon Vincent Nocito’s charging station.

Charging Station

Now this is not what I needed, but he demonstrated how to construct convenient storage for various drivers and drills.

The odd shaped cutouts, unique to each tool, keep the tools from falling down, or from being pulled directly up, for that matter.

And that was important for my tote. They can only be removed the way they are put in, a sliding motion.
A charging station is not normally moved around, so there is little worry about the tools advertently sliding out the way they came in.

But I needed a solution to secure the tools in the tote during transport.


Yes, gravity works, just tilt the board with the mating openings for the tools.
But…the center of gravity was screwy, and not too pretty. The handle looks off center, and it is.

By just leaving the handle to last, I determined what the center of gravity would be with the tools and other equipment in place.

I just picked up the squawking beast with a large nail poked into the wood from each side, and found the place where it hung level, and attached the handle supports to pass vertically through that point.

The result was…well…downright ugly. Darn. Hence the title……………but it works!!

The little quick access box is constructed from scrap maple and oak. Note the little oak tab used to pull it out for use.

OK, there you have it. Any questions or comments welcome.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#1 posted 02-21-2016 04:54 PM

Well, I like it! For all the trips I make- I need one of these!!

Having the center of gravity in the right place makes it so much easier to carry.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 02-21-2016 05:08 PM

You know the ugly duckling turned out to be a swan!

I would like your tote and the tools it holds, nice addition to your shop!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#3 posted 02-21-2016 06:11 PM

That is a COOL TOTE!

Great idea! I will have to give this one some good thought…
It’s nice that you have a COOL collection of Bosch tools to fit into it!

You did a GREAT job in designing it! SUPER COOL!

Thank you very much!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 02-21-2016 06:13 PM

i think you did a great job on this, i love things to be organized and in this case its all where it should be and it looks great to me, i know you will enjoy this, i hope your doing well jim, and i look forward to any of your projects…i also will mention that im sadly aware of the fact that there is very little snow again this year…my sons want it, but they just drive further north and go snowmobiling , thanks for sharing your tote, bob.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 02-21-2016 11:09 PM

Hey Lew, it is just the lazy in me that made me make it…......(-:

It has two main functions. It is a place to store the tools when I am not using them, and it is a way to get them to the work site. Of course, those particular tools end up being carried to various parts of the shop, as well as throughout the house for the odd jobs.

I have a couple more projects to post, but they will require a blog in addition because of their complexity…..this is the simple one.

Have a good Spring, it is a coming….............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 02-21-2016 11:16 PM

Thanks Hans. It has been in steady use since I built it. I am a tote builder, and they are strewn around the shop. This one travels around the most however, since the tools are used in nearly every project.

Very little snow on the ground here, now 44 deg, and we were supposed to get a winter storm! A little snow did fall last night, but it has been a moderate winter.

I have a couple of more techie projects to post that you will enjoy. Should get to them during the week, with any luck…..

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 02-21-2016 11:22 PM

It is a little out of the box, but does the job well. I actually have the Bosch 18V drill and impact driver as well. But I bought these little 12V jobbies for the La Conner shop and found they were so capable and convenient I had to have them in Anchorage as well! So the 18V ones mostly gather dust until a real tough problem comes along….....

I am trying to be lazy now that I am retired, and I am finally getting into the swing of that! I had been pushing for so long that is taking time to wind down.

I should be posting and blogging some more in the next week or two. Got some things done, but didn’t have the energy to post them until now.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 02-21-2016 11:33 PM

Thanks for the lookie, Grizz. Yes more projects are coming. And indeed, there is very little snow here, and 44 deg out as I write this. The winter storm fizzled, as far as I can tell.

I am working on some stuff for a friend, not entirely woodworking. But I have a bunch of things planned. This year is a little goofy. Sherie is still working for a few months, and then she intends to quit.

There is always snow someplace in a Alaska, you just go north and/or go up. The mountains always seem to get their share.

Hear a little about you and your travails via the grapevine. Hope you are feeling better and getting back in woodworking shape!

More to come later this week….....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 02-22-2016 05:58 AM

Sweet idea

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#10 posted 02-22-2016 06:05 AM

Hey Jim that’s a pretty awesome tote. It doesn’t have to be beautiful it just has to do its job right and it looks like you’ve made a real winner there.

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#11 posted 02-22-2016 03:28 PM

That one is going in the favorites.

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Jim Bertelson

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#12 posted 02-22-2016 03:49 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention. And like most ideas, they build on ideas from others. As noted, I picked up the idea of how to mount the tools from Vincent Nocito, and then just added a twist…….....a slant…......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 02-22-2016 03:57 PM

This one is working out well. It gets dragged around the shop and the house on a regular basis. And it does give me a place to put those tools. I was just sort of throwing them in some spare tote box that came with something, and they didn’t fit well.

Remembering you and the Ryobi brand, notice the use of the Ryobi drill bit set and driver bits. Their quality seems to be moving up a bit, and usually outdoes the big names now. Of course, the Rigid brand has also made great strides. Their thickness planer was just named a best value by FWW. I have the Rigid thickness planer in La Conner, and I have nearly enough gift cards for HD to buy one for here.

Hope your shop reorganization is coming a along. I have this huge list of projects to do, so for me it will be a never ending battle, but that is not all bad.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#14 posted 02-22-2016 04:01 PM

Thanks for the view, and glad you like it. If it fits your style of work, it seems to be a winner.

If I were to do one thing over, and looking at the plain front end of the tote, I would make the height of the vertical piece that supports the angled piece in front, just a bit higher. Then I could store taller bits at the end of my little quick access box. But that is a very minor item, easily solved by making the quick access box not quite so long…...(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#15 posted 02-22-2016 05:02 PM

I like it Jim. Everything in one tote.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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