I’ve had the woodworking equivalent of writer’s block, in trying to design the ultimate Bosch 12V Max compact cordless power tool station.
I have the tools – an enviable cache of Bosch 12V Max cordless power tools.
I have the funding (thank you to Bosch!) to cover the time and material expenses. (This will be a sponsored project.)
I want to showcase how the tools will be used, because this is a sponsored project to showcase the Bosch 12V Max tools and system. That part is easy. I love Bosch’s 12V line – the tools are compact, lightweight, nicely featured, and very capable.
Their brushless 12V Max Starlock oscillating multi-tool can cut notches and flush-cut dowels.
Their brushless drill and impact driver can drill holes and drive fasteners with ease and control.
Their compact jig saw can handle curves, and I’m thinking maybe I can use it with a guide for straight cuts – like I used to do when a corded Bosch jig saw was my only powered saw.
I also want to incorporate a large radius into the project, but cannot seem to make it look good. By “it,” I mean the design aspect, not the cut quality.
The FlexiClick modular drill/driver can handle difficult drilling and driving scenarios. It’s especially well-equipped for installing screws in tight spaces or around obstacles.
And the new edge router works like a dream, although I wish a dust collection accessory were available straight from Bosch. I’ll be using it for all of the edge-finishing, and *might* try using it to route some grooves, too. That’s not what it’s meant for, but it seems like it can handle it.
The Basic Design Considerations
Here’s where I’ve been indecisive. I’d like to make a wall-mounted solution, because I think it would be more interesting from a content-creation standpoint. But I also don’t have any wall space to spare, at least now where I’ll want to use the tools. There is one spot, near the garage door, but it’s less than ideal. And I don’t want to hide this away in the basement, as I plan to keep the 12V tools front-and-center even after the sponsored projects and arrangement are wrapped up.
I find myself also interested in a benchtop station that can fit on top of a rolling tool box. I’m working to design both, and so far they have similar features.
2 or 3 drill/driver stations – one for the drill, one for the impact driver, and one for the Flexiclick and its accessories. But, the Flexiclick is more of an installation tool, at least to someone that also has the drill and impact driver available. That third station might alternatively fit a compact impact wrench, or screwdriver.
Docking stations for the jig saw, router, and an LED worklight? Okay, so I’m now visualizing 2 small cubbies, or a shelf, for fitting the worklight and jig saw, and a tall router station to the right or left. Due to the multi-tool’s size and geometry, maybe it can dock on the outside. That way I can keep a blade attached without taking up too much shelf or cubby space.
What about accessories? I have a number of oscillating multi-tool accessories – Bosch-branded of course. It seems that a removable drawer would work best, for bringing a variety of accessories to a bench or project area. Sometimes I don’t know what I need until I try a few different blade styles first.
Or, if I’m using the multi-tool for sanding, it’ll be good to have a few spare abrasive sheets without having to travel back and forth.
Router bits? How about a tip-out tray?
Drill bits? I stock up on Daredevil bits, for project use and for use when testing and reviewing cordless drills. I might have to make a caddy of some kind.
Screwdriver bits? I love Bosch’s newest impact-rated bits, and have had good experiences with their new “custom case system” sets. I bought a bunch last year, and have had nothing but good things to say about them. This set is still $10 on Amazon.
Bosch has a new multi-voltage charger. It does not have mounting holes, but a mounting plate is available in Europe. An open shelf might suffice for battery storage. If need be, I can fashion something up for the charger.
I have been working on “proof of concept” steps, to get down the little details, such as accessory drawer construction, dividers (I’m not sure I’m going that route or not), and some finer details, such as LED light strip routing.
Part of the fun of this has been to see what the 12V Max tools can do, when not only used where their small size and weight is advantageous, but in place of the corded tools I would normally use. Straight cuts with a jig saw? Honestly, that’s not something I’ve done in a while, because I always have a track saw, circular saw, miter saw, or table saw for cross cuts. But it is doable, and with good results.
I have a few hidden features in mind, to increase the *fun* factor, and to help keep things different from the very many cordless power tool charging and storage stations out there.
What would your cordless tool storage and charging workstation feature?
Here’s the big part I’m stuck on: how to set this apart from all the other drill charging stations out there. That’s the tough part. One might think that utilizing 12V-class tools as exclusively as possible would be tricky, but that’s the relatively easy part. As I have said over the years, Bosch’s 12V tools are good stuff.
Thank you to Bosch for funding this sponsored project!