This is the time of year that my family loves to be outside (in the shade with a cold drink). We have some of the best neighbors on Earth, and we spend most of the weekends hanging out together around the grill, just cooking and laughing. We switch houses often and all chip in with food and supplies for each meal…which means I’m constantly carrying condiments, paper plates, and drinks up and down the sidewalk.
I needed a better system.
Luckily for me, BLACK+DECKER swooped in and sent me a new toy that was just itching for a project. So, my DIY Condiment Caddy was born.
My new BLACK+DECKER Autosense drill promised to help me be able to complete this project with the help of it’s automatic clutch, which would keep me from over driving screws and cracking my wood. As a DIYer who is not the world’s greatest carpenter (or even sorta the world’s greatest carpenter), split or cracked wood from over tightening is one of my big problems. As you can tell from my decorating, I just don’t know when to stop.
But, this drill made it easy. There aren’t a ton of dials to turn – just two buttons: one for drilling and the other for driving screws. It’s compact, really lightweight, and has a 20V MAX lithium battery.
And did the Autosense deliver? You bet it did. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to drive my screws flush without over tightening and cracking the wood. The drill just literally stopped driving by itself as soon as the screw was flush. Automagical, y’all. I took a little video with my phone so that you could see it in action yourself.
Below is the tutorial for making your own condiment caddy…and even further below is your chance to win your very own BLACK+DECKER Autosense Drill!
DIY Condiment Caddy
1″ x 6″ x 4′ pine board (if you are buying new, you might have to buy a 6′ or 8′ length)
1″ x 2″ x 3′ pine board (if you are buying new, you might have to buy a 6′ or 8′ length)
(10) #8 x 1 1/4″ wood screws
50″ of 3/8″ width sisal rope
120-grit sand paper
BLACK+DECKER AutoSense Drill
circular saw (or miter saw, depending on size)
1/2″ spade bit
(1) 1″ x 6″ @ 14″ Bottom of Caddy
(2) 1″ x 6″ @ 12″ Ends of Caddy
(2) 1″ x 2″ @ 15 1/2″ Rails of Caddy
1. Cut wood pieces to the specified sizes and sand each piece with 120-grit sandpaper.
2. Clamp one end piece to the bottom piece so that the end piece is on the outside. Drill three pilot holes across the end piece and screw into place. Repeat with the second end piece onto the other bottom side. This creates a 3-sided box.
3. Lay your box on its side and measure and mark 3 1/2″ from the bottom on the small side of the ends. Clamp one of your rails with the bottom edge lined up with your mark. Drill a pilot hole on either side of the rail and screw into place.
Repeat on the other side.
4. Lay the caddy on its side with one of the ends on top. Measure and mark two spots that are 2″ from the top of the end and 1″ from the edges.
5. With your 1/2″ spade bit, drill two holes in the spots that you marked.
6. Paint or stain your piece in the color of choice. I went with black spray paint for ease of use, but you can do whatever you want.
7. Once the paint is dry, cut your 3/8″ sisal rope into two 25″ pieces. Stick one piece through one of your holes and tie a knot on the inside. Stick the other end through the adjacent hole and tie another knot on the inside. Repeat for the other side.
Now, you can load your new caddy up with whatever outdoor party supplies you need and join your friends!
I also happen to know that this caddy is large enough to hold a bottle of wine or four. I don’t know how I know that.
BLACK+DECKER wants to give away an Autosense Drill to one of you! You can enter to win by leaving a comment below stating why or how you would use the BLACK+DECKER Autosense Drill for your own project. If you are reading this via an email or feed reader, be sure to click over to the actual blog so that you can leave a comment to be entered. This giveaway is open through 6/20/2014 to US residents, 18 years and older.
This post has been sponsored by BLACK+DECKER, but the love of the Autosense Drill is my own.