If your batteries and battery chargers are, just like mine, scattered around your workshop or in your home, then you absolutely must make this battery charging station.
With this battery charging station in your workshop or home, all your batteries are in one place, and you save time because you no longer have to search for the right battery or charger.
Of course, you can also collect all your batteries and chargers on a shelf, but by building this battery charging station you still get a few extra advantages in terms of ease of use and which can extend the life of batteries and chargers
Because it is built up in 2 layers, you can make the cables invisible. It doesn’t only look clean, but you also don’t have to worry about that bundle of cables that look like spaghetti and that things keep getting stuck in them.
The front door keeps all dust away from the batteries and chargers.
If that is the battery charging station you are looking for, just follow the step-by-step instructions and download the free plans in this article.
Let’s make this battery charging station with an accompanying battery dispenser!
Before we start building this battery charging station
To prepare you for building this battery charging station, I have made a few handy lists.
In addition to a few personal protective equipment that I use*, I also list the materials as well as the (power) tools you will need to build this jig.
* Safety is always your own responsibility!
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Materials I used for this Battery charging station
(power)Tools I used for this battery charging station
- Makita MLT100 table saw Watch my Unboxing video and my review video if you want to see more about this tool.
- Makita AF505N Brad nailer. Watch my Unboxing video if you want to know more about this tool.
- Brad nails 25mm
- Brad nails 50mm
- Air compressor
- Drill press
- Hilti cordless drill SF144-A
- Festool sander
- Kreg KMA multi mark and measuring tool
- Pica pencil to mark all the pieces.
Building the battery charging station & dispenser step by step
Step 1 | Preparation
To build my battery charging station, I first started by breaking the plywood to size.
For this battery charging station, I used 18 mm birch plywood to build the cabinet, and 6 mm MDF for the back.
Once all parts were cut to size, I used my crosscut sled miter jig to make 45 degree miters.
There’s no need to make these 45 degree miters for this battery charging station, but I just love the look of the corners when joined this way.
The back of both the front and rear parts of the batty charging station is recessed into the side walls of the cabinet.
For this, I made a rabbet in all parts of the cabinet of 10 by 10 mm.
I made the rabbet by sliding the parts along the guide of the table saw. By setting the saw blade at 10 mm height and the guide at a distance of 10 mm, I was able to make the rebate quickly and safely.
Step 2 | Assembling the cabinet
To be able to attach the parts easily and perpendicular to each other, I used my homemade corner clamps. These came in handy and are like a third hand that keeps all the parts in place.
The parts were attached with wood glue and brad nails.
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For the door of this battery charging station, I used 3 mm plexiglass. That matches perfectly with the thickness of my saw blade, so by making a notch in the pieces for the frame of the door, the plexiglass fits in nicely and tight.
Here, too, the parts were glued together with wood glue. Because the wood for the frame is rather small, and to avoid that the brad nails would damage the plexiglass, I have not used them here.
As an alternative to pressing the corners together firmly, I used painter’s tape.
For the back of both parts of the battery charging station, I cut a 6 mm MDF to size on my table saw. This MDF fits nicely in the rabbet and was fixed into it with wood glue and brad nails.
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Step 3 | Placing the hardware
Between the rear part and the front part, and between the front part and the door, simple hinges were used to open the different parts easily.
I already had these hinges in my workshop, but you can use piano hinges as well. I think piano hinges would even do a better job here.
Where the hinge had to be, a notch was made in the wood. The depth of the notch was the same as the thickness of the hinge. This way the different parts of this battery charging station fit together perfectly and dust can be kept out.
To be able to close the doors tightly, a spring-loaded toggle latch was used. That way, all parts of this battery charging station could be locked and pressed to each other to keep out dust.
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Step 4 | Battery dispenser
I think, just like anyone, I have a ton of smaller batteries lying around.
To keep them organized, I made this simple and easy-to-use battery dispenser.
In the free plans for this battery charging station, you will also find measurements to make the parts for this battery dispenser.
The measurement between the partitions will depend on the size of the batteries you want to store, so you can adjust this to the size you want.
The partitions have a small recess at the bottom so that the battery can easily be gripped.
I made that recess by drilling a 20 mm hole with a Forstner bit, in the corner, just along the sides.
I cleaned up the hole by cutting the sides straight with my table saw and crosscut sled.
At the front, I installed a piece of plexiglass so that I can always see how many charged batteries are in stock.
Step 5 | Installing the chargers
Now it was time to put all the chargers in the battery charging station. Because I want to be able to remove these at any time, and take them with me to another place, I attached them with Velcro.
Once the chargers were in place, I punched holes through the 6 mm MDF for the cables to pass through.
I made these holes as close to the chargers as possible.
A splitter was placed in the rear part of the battery charging station, to which I could connect all chargers.
This splitter has 5 sockets and 4 USB ports to which I can connect chargers.
The charging station has turned out a little bigger than I Thought, but I’m actually happy with that. That way I can add more chargers in case new batteries come into the workshop.
Step 6 | A small addition
Finally, I made a small container in which all empty batteries can be deposited while waiting for them to be charged.
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