|Project by Jim Bertelson||posted 02-21-2016 04:52 PM||3249 views||20 times favorited||26 comments|
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.
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