To make this project easier, you can have your timber pre-cut at your local Bunnings*. For our cut list, we had the ply sheet cut to the following dimensions:
*Not available at all Bunnings stores.
Start this project by creating an open-ended rectangular-shaped box. Use the two 120mm ply lengths for the sides and two of the 700m ply lengths for the top and bottom. Apply PVA glue to the edges where they will be joined. Wipe away any excess glue.
Make sure the edges are flush. Then use the drill and 50mm screws to attach the four sides of the box. You should use two screws on each side to join them.
We need to drill a hole in the top and bottom of the box to run electrical cables through for the battery chargers. Choose which side you want to do it, based on where your power supply is. To avoid damaging the edge of the box, measure out from the box edge so you don't drill into the edge. Turn the box over and repeat this step for both sides of the box.
Use the 40mm hole saw attachment and the drill to cut both holes for the cable.
The backing board is to attach the drill station to a wall or fixing point. Apply a bead of glue around the edges of the box. Then place the final 700mm x 295mm piece of ply on top. Wipe away any excess glue, then attach the backing board to the drill station unit with 50mm screws.
PVC piping makes ideal drill holders for the station. Measure and mark your pipe to length to fit your drills, ours measured 200mm each.
To cut the PVC to the lengths you've marked, use a drop saw with a fine blade. You could also use a hand saw and a mitre box instead.
Next you'll need to measure and mark the slots in each pipe to hold the drills. Our slots measured 40mm wide x 85mm in length.
Clamp each pipe length to your workbench and use the jigsaw with the fine-tooth blade to cut out the slot you've marked. You may also want to cut off the square edges of the slots. Repeat this for each pipe you add to your work station.
Use the 2mm drill bit to pre-drill a hole at each end of the PVC pipe. These will be used to attach the storage pipes to the work station.
Measure and mark along the bottom of the drilling station where you want to attach the drill holders. We've spaced ours out evenly along the station. Use the square to run a straight line as an attachment guide.
Secure all of the drill holders to the drilling station using the drill and 20mm screws.
You can attach your drill and power tool station to a wall or against a workbench. We used 100mm bugle screws to securely attach it. It's a great way to clean up your shed and you'll know exactly where your power tools are.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.