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
- Rubber cement
- 2" x 6" Plank 9" long
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.
Mark each outline with a AAA/AA, C, or D so as not to confuse bit sizes when drilling.
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.
Drill the AAA/AA holes. Drill only 1" or 1 1/2" deep, so that batteries do not sit too deep in the holder.
Attach a 1 1/8" wood boring bit to your drill press or hand-held drill.
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.
Attach a 1 3/8" wood boring bit to your drill press or hand-held drill.
Drill the D battery holes with the 1 3/8" bit.
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.
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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