How to Build a Battery Charging Station for Power Tools

Learn how to build a DIY battery charging station to charge all types of batteries in your workshop, including power tool batteries, camera batteries, and phone chargers.

Battery charging station on the wall

Let me show you an embarrassing part of my workshop… the battery charging corner.

It started off pretty neat with two chargers and a few batteries but over the last years, it has exploded. I think “exploded” is putting it nicely.

This corner has been screaming for me to do something about it for a LONG time. There is the perfect amount of wall space above it, too. And I have planned to put the batteries up on the wall for almost TWO years.

Battery chargers and batteries on a counter in a mess

Finally, it is time to do something about it.

I built a battery charging station that not only holds all my power tool battery chargers and extra batteries but also has space to charge my camera batteries and even my phone!

DIY Battery Charging Station Design

When I started thinking about the battery charging station, I knew it needed to have the following features:

  • Space to attach the battery chargers (of course!)
  • A shelf to store the extra batteries
  • A spot to charge batteries with smaller chargers. These cannot be mounted and need to sit on a shelf.
  • Charging capability for my camera and monitor batteries.
  • BONUS: charging for phone and other equipment like my IsoTunes.

Given all of these requirements, I came up with a simple design.
Here are the main features:

  • The top part of the charging station is like a cabinet with heavy-duty hinges and a magnetic latch.
  • The inside of the charging cabinet is open on the top and bottom, allowing air to flow.
  • A good-quality heavy-duty power strip with enough plugs and USB points to accommodate all the chargers.

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How to Build

As always, I have a video showing you how to build the battery charging station. A detailed step by step tutorial follows below.

I have plans available for you to build your own battery charging station at the bottom of the tutorial.

I designed it to hold the battery chargers that I have, but you can easily change it to suit your needs. If you want to add more chargers, you can make the top taller or the entire unit wider.

Step 1: Prepare the Boards

  • Make the cuts as shown in the plans.

I made the cuts using a circular saw with a homemade temporary guide and the Kreg Rip-Cut. You can also use a table saw.

woman cutting plywood using a circular saw
  • Make pocket holes in the back and the two shelves using the Kreg 720.
Making pocket holes in the plywood back using a Kreg 720

The pocket holes are made with the pocket hole jig and the stop collar at the 3/4” setting. See more about how to make pocket holes.

Step 2: Build the Cabinet

attaching the back to the sides using pocket holes
  • Attach the two shelves to the side, ensuring that the spacing between the shelves is accurate.
Attaching shelves to the side using pocket holes
  • Attach the other side to the back and the shelves.

Step 3: Attach the Door

  • Attach the hinges to the door using the Kreg hinge jig.
  • Attach the door to the cabinet aligning the top of the door to the top of the cabinet.
Attaching the hinges on the  door for the battery charger

Note: I made the door this specific size based on the battery chargers I was going to install. If you have more or fewer chargers, you can modify them accordingly.

Attaching a magnetic latch to the battery charging station.

Step 4: Attach the Chargers

I highly recommend playing around with the configuration and spacing of the battery chargers to get the most optimum layout.

  • Once the layout is final, draw an outline of the charger with a pencil.
  • Use a masking tape at the back of the charger to transfer the location of the screws to the door.
Attaching battery charger to the door of the battery charging cabinet
  • Add the screws and test if the charger fits well.
  • Make a hole using the 1 1/2” Forstener bit for the wires to pass through.
Making holes in the battery charging station for the cords to pass through

My plugs are about 1″ wide, and the 1 1/2″ Forstener bit worked well, but you may have to check for your charger plugs. I made the holes as close to the chargers as possible and used the same hole for multiple wires whenever possible. In fact, the Ryobi charger was so close to the top that I just sent the wire in over the top.

  • Make a hole in the side of the cabinet. This is where the power strip plug will exit to be plugged into the wall.
Making hole on the side of the cabinet for the power strip cord

Step 5: Mount on the Wall

There are multiple ways you can mount the charging station to the wall:

  • Use a screw through the back into a stud.
  • Using a French cleat.
mounting battery charger on the wall using french cleats

I decided to use a French cleat because I didn’t have two studs accessible in the space where I needed to add the cabinet.

RELATED: How to Make a French Cleat – 2 Easy Ways

Step 6: Load It Up!

  • Add the power strip inside the cabinet and route the wire out through the side hole.
  • Add each of the chargers to the door and route the wires inside.
Attaching chargers to the battery charging cabinet
The inside of the battery charging cabinet showing all the wires
  • For the smaller chargers that have a large plug, I placed them on the top shelf and plugged them into the power strip.
  • Since my power strip also has USB ports, I plugged in a multi-charger cord with C-type, lightning, and mico-USB to help me charge my camera batteries, IsoTunes hearing protection, phone, and more.
battery charging station and sandpaper organizer in workshop

This battery charging station has worked out perfectly for all the chargers that I have (currently). It is open on the top and bottom to allow for airflow to dissipate any heat that is generated.

Since I was installing a French cleat, I also added the French cleat to the sandpaper organizer.

Now, a large part of the counter is empty, and I have to find a purpose for it, or it will soon become the catchall.

Battery Charging Station Plans

Click on the button below to get the detailed step-by-step schematic plans and cut list.

If you build this plan, please send me an email or tag me on social media. I can’t wait to see what you build!

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She wants everyone to unlock their creative potential and experience the feeling that comes with making something. Nothing feels better better than seeing something and saying "I can make that!"

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  1. Kathy Alford says:

    I appreciate all your project plans that you offer. Most of all, thank you for posting not only videos of the projects, but also written tutorials for those of us who prefer to read.

    1. Anika Gandhi says:

      You are so welcome Kathy! Thank you for being here!

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