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How to make a cordless drill mount for the RV

Well, after a few years of digging through the toolbox for my drill every time we setup and breakdown camp I finally got sick of it.  I needed to find a way to keep a cordless drill handy for putting the stabilizers up and down.  I wanted the drill in the same place each time I needed it and I don’t think that’s asking too much.

I’ve been planning to add some basic drill mounts to the workbench at home and was leaning towards a basic PVC mount that a lot of YouTube woodworkers have done.  So for this project I started with that idea and added a few features to make it roadworthy.

Here’s a list of supplies and tools I used for this project:
* Short (7-8″) section of 3″ PVC pipe
* Old piece of thin shock cord/bungee cord
* 1/2″ thick piece of foam (floor mat)
* Contact cement (I use Barge cement)
* Paint
* 3/4″ wood screws
* Drill
* Dremel
* Jig saw
* An old drill to keep in the RV

Once you have the materials together the build is pretty quick and easy.  It took me less than an hour to get it together and painted and I was winging this build (like most of our other stuff).  Checkout the below video to see how I did it and I’ve included steps below just in case you need them.

Step 1: Cut a section of 3″ PVC to length.
Step 2: Cut the slot to the handle to fit it.  Make sure the trigger rests below the bottom of the PVC.  I used a jig saw to rough out the shape and a Dremel to smooth it out and tweak the shape of the opening.
Step 3: Drill 1/4″ holes on the side to attach a piece of shock cord.  This will hold the drill in the mount when driving down the road.
Step 4: Heat and flatten the top of the PVC.  I wanted a flat area to mount this to avoid having the weight of the drill shake the screws loose.
Step 5: I used contact cement to attach a 1/2″ thick piece of foam to the inside top of the mount.  This was to stop the drill from jumping up and resting on the trigger while the shock cord pulled the drill forward into it.
Step 6: Paint it a pretty color.  There’s nothing better that a flashy tool holder, so I went with black.  I used black Plasti Dip for that extra bit of bling, but feel free to use any color you want as long as it’s black.  I think Henry Ford was onto something there.

This was a simple and cheap project that served a well needed purpose.  Have you done something similar or have a better idea?  Post it in the comments below.

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