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Project by Daris posted 12-17-2012 06:05 PM 4102 views 45 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Battery Organizer Completed
I found a free plan recently on the wood magazine site for a battery organizer.  I also have a list of free project plan sites.  This project is really simple and useful.  After completing mine I hung it on a pegboard in my garage.  You can make this is a few hours and it only requires a small amount material.  I was able to find some clear acrylic at a hobby store for cheap. If you make one I’d love to hear about it.

Enjoy….!

 

Materials
For the lumber on this I was lucky and had some scrap hardwood that I was able to use.  For the rest of the project I was able to build this with only one board.  I made mine out of pine.  For the front of the project I picked up some plexi-glass from a hobby store and cut it down to size using my table saw.

  •  1” x 3” x 8’ Board (you might be able to squeak this out with a 6’ board, but it’ll be close)
  •  1/4” x 1’ x 1’ piece of hardwood (will cut down to less than 1 foot)
  •  1/8” x 7” x 8” plexi-glass

Milling & Assembly

Battery Organizer Drilled Edges
After cutting all of my boards according to the plan.  I cut a slot on each end board to allow the battery to come out easily.  For mine I used a 2” forstner bit on my drill press.  It worked pretty well, but you could certainly used a band saw, scroll saw, etc. to get this done.

Battery Organizer Assembly Glue Up
Next was the glue up.  For this I made sure that I had my back and bottom already cut.  I used the back as a guide to line up my battery slots.  However, since I didn’t want any glue to make its way to the back board I covered it with wax paper.

Battery Organizer Assembly
I worked my way through each board by gluing and then shooting brad nails into the bottom.  I could have used screws for this, but since all board stock was only 1/2” I decided brads were the way to go.

Battery Organizer Clamp Up
After gluing and putting in brads on the bottom shelf, I then clamped up the rest of the dividers until the glue set up.

Battery Organizer Assembly Front
After everything was glued up, I attached the front of the organizer with a clear plexiglass that I cut to size on my table saw.  Before inserting the screws I pre-drilled all of my holes using a 7/64” drill bit.  I used #6 – 1/2” screws to secure the front.  The plan originally called for #8 screws, but my plexiglass was cracking a little too much and I decided to go with #6.

Battery Organizer Assembly Back
After attaching the front I then attached the back by using glue and brads.  Attaching the brads was easier as I had pre-marked where the battery dividers were on the back of the backer board.

Battery Organizer Completed
Here it is.  The completed project.  This really is a pretty easy one.  You can build this in a few hours.  I completed mine by drilling holes in the top of the back board and hung it on a peg board in my garage.
&nbsp: Finishing
 
Not a lot to finishing this (this one is going in the garage folks).  In fact I chose to just sand lightly the sides and back, and not apply any finish.

 

For more information on this project or others, as well as videos on projects, check out my site over at: www.woodlogger.com
 

-- Daris, Indianapolis, http://www.woodlogger.com





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chrisstef

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#1 posted 12-17-2012 06:07 PM

Anyone with younger kids can appreciate the heck out of this build, me included.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Daris

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#2 posted 12-17-2012 06:17 PM

Ha, yep I have two little ones myself. I just filled mine up, and I fully expect to deplete it on Christmas day… LOL..

-- Daris, Indianapolis, http://www.woodlogger.com

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DaddyZ

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#3 posted 12-17-2012 06:36 PM

I built Mine with a Drawer under the Battery Storage Area for all the Other Small Batteries(Watch,phone,etc)...
& my PLexiglass is Hinged for Easier Filling.

I saw Something similar to this a approx a year ago & I thought it was a great Idea then, & still do…

Stef / Daris – You guys should start Investing in Rechargable Batteries, Cheaper Price in the long run..

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Daris

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#4 posted 12-17-2012 06:40 PM

I have a few rechargeable batteries, and regular. I hate putting rechargeable batteries in some of my kids toys though, they always seem to get lost for some reason.

-- Daris, Indianapolis, http://www.woodlogger.com

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Rob

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#5 posted 12-17-2012 06:41 PM

Nice idea! I like quick & easy projects…it always makes me feel productive when I can finish something the same day I started. :D

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Ken90712

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#6 posted 12-17-2012 07:45 PM

Well done, I read about this in Wood Magazine and thought this would be a great organizer. They did come out with some correction on the dimensions the next month. Is the link you posted with the corrections? Did you have change any of your measurements?

Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Daris

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#7 posted 12-17-2012 07:48 PM

Ken, I assume it’s the updated design. I used the dimensions from the link and everything worked for me. 8)

-- Daris, Indianapolis, http://www.woodlogger.com

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Ken90712

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#8 posted 12-17-2012 07:57 PM

cool thx

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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mmh

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#9 posted 12-17-2012 09:53 PM

Brilliant small project! I just don’t think I can stand being that organized!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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Fishinbo

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#10 posted 12-17-2012 10:17 PM

Brilliant work.

http://www.sawblade.com

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 12-18-2012 12:29 AM

Thanks that makes it look easy.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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clieb91

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#12 posted 12-18-2012 02:51 AM

Nicely done and oh so useful.
I remember so wanting to build one of these when it was in the magazine, needed to get rid of that cheap plastic one that all the batteries keep falling out of. Unfortunately I still have that one and this is still on my todo list.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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woodmaker

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#13 posted 12-18-2012 05:42 PM

I’ve built two of these, 1 for myself and 1 for a family memmber.
They are too cool not too have!

-- Mike

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ishkhan

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#14 posted 12-18-2012 10:58 PM

Great idea. I will be building mine soon.

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woodify

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#15 posted 12-29-2012 02:46 AM

I’m adding this to my build list. Time to upgrade from my zip lock bags

-- Woodify ~~ http://woodified.blogspot.ca/

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