How to Make a Homemade Battery Holder

Written by justin wash
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Loose and lost batteries are an all too common occurrence in many households, leading to dead television remotes, unusable CD players, portable radios and other inconveniences. With a few basic tools and some woodworking know-how, you can keep those pesky wandering batteries in one easy to find, organised holder.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Drill press or hand-held drill
  • 5/8" Wood boring bit
  • 1 1/8" Wood boring bit
  • 1 3/8" Wood boring bit
  • Felt
  • Rubber cement
  • 2" x 6" Plank 9" long
  • Pencil

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  1. 1

    Use a pencil to outline AAA/AA, C, and D batteries on one side of a 2" x 6" plank. They may be as close or as far apart as needed to accommodate the amount of batteries that need to be held.

  2. 2

    Mark each outline with a AAA/AA, C, or D so as not to confuse bit sizes when drilling.

  3. 3

    Attach a 5/8" wood boring bit to your drill press or hand-held drill. This bit will cut out the AAA/AA battery slots. Because of the similarity in size between AAA and AA batteries it is not necessary to drill separate holes for each.

  4. 4

    Drill the AAA/AA holes. Drill only 1" or 1 1/2" deep, so that batteries do not sit too deep in the holder.

  5. 5

    Attach a 1 1/8" wood boring bit to your drill press or hand-held drill.

  6. 6

    Drill the C battery holes. You may drill these holes deeper than those for the AAA/AA batteries, but do not drill all the way through the plank.

  7. 7

    Attach a 1 3/8" wood boring bit to your drill press or hand-held drill.

  8. 8

    Drill the D battery holes with the 1 3/8" bit.

  9. 9

    Cut a piece of felt the same shape and size as the 2" x 6" plank. Use rubber cement or contact cement to secure it to the bottom of the battery holder.

  10. 10

    Put the battery holder in a convenient place and fill the holes with batteries of the appropriate size.

Tips and warnings

  • For a more stylish and aesthetically pleasing battery holder, a lacquer may be applied after drilling. Allow the holder to dry completely before inserting batteries.

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