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Drill Bits Portales NM

Have fun with this really easy woodworking project. You will get step-by-step instructions on how to build a drill caddy. You can’t really complete most of your woodwork without using the right woodworking drill bits and now you will have easy access to them in one place. Make sure you have the right drill bits before you begin and check out the competitive pricing on all your woodworking needs at the hardware supply stores in Portales, NM listed below.

Portales Ace Hardware
(575) 356-6711
227 S Main Ave
Portales, NM
 
Triangle Ace Hardware
(575) 762-3301
2400 N Prince St, North plains mall
Clovis, NM
 
Furrow's Home Lumber Inc.
(575) 763-4437
1201 E 1st Street
Clovis, NM
 
PGP, Inc.
505-762-6654
1729 W. 21st Clovis, NM, 88101
Clovis, NM
 
LOWE'S OF CLOVIS, NM
505 742-4000
3601 NORTH PRINCE STREET CLOVIS, NM, 88101
Clovis, NM
 
Lowe's
(575) 742-4000
3601 North Prince Street
Clovis, NM
Hours
M-SA 7 am - 9 pm
SU 9 am - 8 pm

Fastenal- Clovis
505-763-9335
1306 State Rd. 209 Clovis, NM, 88101
Clovis, NM
 
North Plains Mall
(575) 769-4700
2811 N Prince St
Clovis, NM
Store Hours
Sears Stores
Store Type
Sears Stores
Hours
Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:10-21
Sun:12-18
Store Features
Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:10-21
Sun:12-18

Burns Hardware Do it center
(575) 769-2528
1511 N Prince St
Clovis, NM
 
Hacienda Home Centers
(575) 769-2651
200 East Brady Avenue
Clovis, NM
 

Drill Bits

Drill Caddy

This drill caddy is compact, yet big enough to hold your cordless drill, an extra battery, and all the tools and fasteners you’ll need for any installation project.

by Jan Carr

Tired of rummaging around your shop to find what you need to hang a picture or put up a shelf? This drill caddy will stow your cordless drill, and neatly organize and store everything you need for any installation job. It’s compact enough to fit on a 12-in.-deep shelf, and with the handle folded down, it’s only 9-1/2-in. high. 

The plastic storage box (see Sources, below) has movable compartments, and is a great way to store a full range of screws, wall anchors and picture hooks. This caddy has a “holster” for your cordless drill, and plenty of space for an extra battery, hammer, torpedo level, screwdrivers and a drill index. The magnets hold extra drivers and bits for easy access. 

Building the caddy is simple, with glued and nailed butt joints. We also made it modifiable: the middle partition and the drill holster are attached with screws, so you can easily reconfigure the storage compartments if your needs change.For all your installation gear, you’ll find this caddy beats a 5-gallon bucket hands down. It’s more convenient, neater, and more compact. And it looks better, too! 

Tools and Materials 

To build this caddy you’ll need a tablesaw, a drill, a 2-in. hole saw or Forstner bit and a hacksaw. A bench grinder works great for rounding over the metal handle parts, but a file will also do the job. An air nailer and a miter saw are handy, but not essential. 

The caddy is made from 1/2-in. Baltic birch plywood, a scrap of 1/4-in. plywood, a small strip of birch lumber, a birch dowel and common hardware items (see Cutting List and Sources, below). The materials cost about $35.

Saw Out the Parts

Cut the 1/2-in. Baltic birch parts (B through K) and the wood retainer strip (A) according to the Plywood Cutting Diagram (Fig. C) and the Cutting List. 

Next, cut a 2-in. hole in the middle of the holster board (part G, Fig. A) with a hole saw or Forstner bit (see Sources, page 94). A 2-in. hole will accommodate most cordless drills, but check yours to make sure the hole is big enough.

Once the plywood parts are cut, give all the pieces a quick sanding, front and back. This caddy has a lot of inaccessible spots that are hard to sand once assembled. 

Assemble the Box

Glue and nail the retainer strip (A) to the front edge of the bottom shelf (part B, Fig. A). This strip keeps the storage box from accidentally sliding out. Then glue and nail the back (C) to the bottom and add the ends (D). Cut two temporary spacer boards to position the middle shelf (E) 2-1/2 in. above the bottom shelf. Glue and nail the middle shelf into place (Photo 1).

Make the temporary spacers out of 1/4-in. material so they can be easily flipped...

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