How to Build a DIY Drill Organizer
A few hours
Less than $100
IntroductionGet your drills organized and out of the way by building yourself this convenient and space-saving drill dock.
- Basic hand tools
- Circular saw
- 1"x8" Hardwood Board
What it Takes to Build a Drill Dock:
Cordless drills and drivers are some of our most-used tools. We couldn’t work without them. But with all of their chargers and spare batteries, they’re also a prime source of workbench clutter. What they need is dedicated space that allows for easy organization and instant access—like this drill dock.
Project step-by-step (5)
Measure with a Clamp
To determine the width of the pipe slot for your drill dock organizer, use a clamp to measure the width of the tool handle.
Mark the Slot
Transfer the handle width to the pipe and mark out the slot. Make the slot about 1/8-in. wider than the tool handle. The length of the slot isn’t critical; 5 inches is about right for most drills. This is where your drills will dock.
Cut the Slot
Use a jigsaw to cut out the marked area on the PVC. A fine-tooth jigsaw blade, such as a metal-cutting blade, is best for cutting through PVC. After cutting, ease the sharp edges with a file or sandpaper.
Mount the Holsters
Drill holes in the pipes and fasten each with at least two screws. Mount the holsters on an existing shelf to create an all-in-one drill dock organizer.
If this drill dock organizer suits your needs perfectly, go ahead and build it as shown here. If not, you can easily alter it. Here are some suggestions:
- 3-in PVC pipe is best for the holsters and accommodates most tools. A 10-ft. pipe costs less than $20. Many home centers also sell shorter lengths.
- We made our holsters 12-in. long. Shorter is fine, but don’t go so short that you’ll have to remove bits in order to stow the tools. Cut the pipe with a miter saw or a handsaw.
- Leave enough space between holsters so you can comfortably grab the tool. We centered our holsters 6-1/2 in. apart.
- Adjusting the width of the dock to suit your tools is easy; just change the length of the shelves and the back. But don’t skimp. Leave space for future tools.
- Get a power strip ($10) and park it on the bottom shelf so you can plug in all your chargers. Drill a hole in the side of the dock to accommodate the power strip cord.
- Tools and batteries are heavy, so build the dock from 3/4-in. plywood. Ours required a 4 x 4-ft. sheet ($20).