Project Overview

This easy-to-build D.I.Y. drill and power tool station will help you keep your tools neat, tidy and fully charged for when you need them. Continue to step-by-step instructions
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut the timber to size
2 Build the station box
3 Fix the box together
4 Measure and mark for the electrical cable
5 Drill the cable holes
6 Attach the backing board
7 Measure and mark the PVC pipe
8 Cut the PVC to length
9 Measure and mark the PVC for the slot
10 Cut out the slots
11 Pre-drill the holes in the PVC
12 Measure and mark for the drill holders
13 Attach the drill holders
14 Attach your drill and power tool station
  • Step 1. Cut the timber to size

    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:

    • 120mm x 295mm x 2
    • 700mm x 295mm x 3 
  • Step 2. Build the station box

    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.

  • Step 3. Fix the box together

    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.

  • Step 4. Measure and mark for the electrical cable

    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.

  • Step 5. Drill the cable holes

    Use the 40mm hole saw attachment and the drill to cut both holes for the cable.

  • Step 6. Attach the backing board

    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.

  • Step 7. Measure and mark the PVC pipe

    PVC piping makes ideal drill holders for the station. Measure and mark your pipe to length to fit your drills, ours measured 200mm each.

  • Step 8. Cut the PVC to length

    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.

  • Step 9. Measure and mark the PVC for the slot

    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. 

  • Step 10. Cut out the slots

    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.

  • Step 11. Pre-drill the holes in the PVC

    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.

  • Step 12. Measure and mark for the drill holders

    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.

  • Step 13. Attach the drill holders

    Secure all of the drill holders to the drilling station using the drill and 20mm screws.

  • Step 14. Attach your drill and power tool station

    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.

Tools and Materials


  • Combination square
  • Cordless drill and driver
  • 2mm drill bit
  • Phillips head drill bits
  • 40mm hole saw attachment
  • Drop saw
  • Dust mask
  • Earmuffs
  • Gloves
  • Jigsaw
  • Measuring tape
  • Orbital sander
  • Quick clamps
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses
  • Sanding block


  • 1200mm x 600mm ply project panel
  • 100mm PVC waste water pipe
  • 120 and 80 and grit sandpaper
  • 100mm bugle screws
  • 50mm galvanised screws
  • 20mm chipboard screws
  • PVA wood glue

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