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Many of us have misplaced or lost screwdrivers at some point in time. It’s more frustrating because something needs fixing and you go through the added trouble of locating your screwdriver.
Well, here’s a clever storage solution for screwdrivers for you…
This DIY storage idea is a very simple project that doesn’t require a saw, a drill, nails and screws. By using light wood material such as balsa wood, you can make your own screwdriver organizer with just an X-acto knife and your screwdrivers.
Whether you are a woodworker or just someone who loves tinkering or making crafts, this screwdriver holder is a great item to have near your workbench. It’s compact, sturdy and most importantly, of easy-access! At one glance you can check if one is missing! ;)
Do you need an organizer for your screwdriver set? Follow the step-by-step instructions below to make one!
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- 2 panes of Balsa Wood
- Wood Glue
- Sandpaper (220 grit)
- X-acto Knife
- Your Screwdriver Set
Drawing plans and making the first cut: I drew a very basic plan to work from.
When designing your own version (which you will probably need to do), keep in mind the heights of the side panels. They must be at least the height of the screwdriver shaft.
Some general tips:
- Draw before cutting: mark the sections that need to be cut to avoid any mistakes.
- Before every step, think “what could I possibly screw up now?” (Adam Savage wisdom)
- Always cut away from any fingertips or other delicate body parts.
- Be patient: you’ll notice cutting parallel with the wood fibre goes a lot smoother than perpendicular cuts. You should keep this in mind when laying out the patterns.
- When you put too much pressure on your knife, you’ll compress the wood and make the cut look ugly. It would make further cuts harder.
Line-up and making the holes: Place your tools in a logical order and mark the holes on the board.
Start making the holes with a small screwdriver and build up to the desired hole size. (I couldn’t resist putting it together without the glue).
Glue and varnish: Sand the pieces (pencil lines and splinters at the holes). Make sure the wood is semi-dust free for gluing. Glue every plane that makes contact with another, wipe off any excess glue.
Use painter’s tape to put some pressure on the joints.
Let dry for 24 hours, personalize (optional) and varnish. Let dry again.
Congratulations! You’ve got yourself a screwdriver organizer. Enjoy!
Thanks to PVBS for this great project!