|Project by Daris||posted 12-17-2012 06:05 PM||9475 views||50 times favorited||16 comments|
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-- Daris, Indianapolis, http://www.woodlogger.com