How to Build a workshop charging station? Experiencing a juice crisis?

Charging station: If you’re like me, your cordless tool collection has probably grown over the years. From a single drill/driver purchased 20 years ago—and replaced many times—my battery-powered arsenal has grown to more than a dozen tools. It now includes four drill/drivers, three jigs, and two impact drivers. Just finding one of these tools can be a hassle, and when I finally do it’s usually dead on battery.

I solved this frustration by building a cordless tool charging station. It allows charging several batteries at once and keeps the tools I use most accessible. It’s made of inexpensive 1×4 and 1×6 lumber and birch plywood, but it’s not without amenities. An armored 4-foot long fluorescent work light, a slanted charger shelf, swivel casters, and a shallow accessory drawer make it fun and easy to use.

Building the foundation

I started by cross-cutting four 1x4s—two for each front leg—and four 1x6s—two for each back leg. Then I glued and nailed each leg, creating a right-angle assembly. At the bottom of each leg, I attached a small wooden block to raise the casters.

Next, I attached the left rear leg to the left front leg with three stretchers. Each stretcher is fastened with glue and 1 1⁄4-inch drywall screws. The right-hand legs are connected in the same way.

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When these assemblies were complete, I crossed five stretchers to connect the two-leg assemblies. I also cut the plywood shelves. After gluing and screwing the rear three stretchers to the left leg assembly, I used a pneumatic finish nailer to attach the shelf to the left leg stretcher assembly. If you lack a finish nailer, use screws. With the shelf installed, I glued and screwed down the right leg assembly.

To complete the basic frame of this project, I attached the last two front stretchers, connecting the left front leg to the right front leg. Note that there is no middle stretcher between the two front legs. It’s not structurally required, and by not installing it, you improve access to the bottom shelf.

How to Build a workshop charging station? Experiencing a juice crisis?

Charging station and Tools

Next, I ripped and cut the backboard from 3⁄4-inch birch plywood. Then, I used a jigsaw to cut a 1×32 inch long slot through it. The slot is 6 1⁄8 inches above the bottom edge of the backboard and is used to route the battery charger power cords to the power strips. The backboard is installed between the rear legs, 2 inches from the front, and secured with 2-inch nails.

With the backboard installed, I ripped and cut the bench top, then laid it on the top stretchers and secured it with glue and 2-inch nails. I made the shelf and its front lip from scrap birch plywood. I only screwed the shelf to the back legs and backboard side. Then I installed the side splashes. After they were installed, I put screws through them into the shelf.

To mount the cordless tools, I simply installed long carriage bolts with nuts and washers on the front and back of the backboard. Remember to leave extra space on the backboard for mounting tools, such as a flashlight, which has an integral (non-removable) battery. These devices are installed with their chargers.

Now that the bench is gone, my basement is much cleaner. My cordless tools are charged and stored in a place where I can easily see them.

How much is a fast charge station?

In general, you should budget between $2,000 and $10,000 per Level 2 charging station. This includes electricity and construction work as well as the charger itself. Of course, the exact price will depend on things like the type of charger you choose and the extent of the electrical work.

How can I open a charging station in India?

The Indian government has concluded that no license is required to build charging infrastructure as long as it meets ‘Ministry of Electricity standards’. As a result, transmission, distribution, or exchange of electricity for the purpose of charging electric car batteries does not require a special permit.

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