Get a Handle on All Those Stray Batteries

I was cleaning out my junk drawer when I realized I had hundreds of batteries but I could never find them when I really wanted them. I have done a lot of other woodworking projects (you can see some of them here: but never anything to deal with the junk drawer clutter.
So in order to organize, sort and keep track of exactly what batteries I had in the house, I decided to build my own organizing rack.
I laminated 2 boards of stock lumber together, drilled the right size holes in them, and then glued a third board to the bottom to create the base.
Now I will always have a place to look for my batteries, and I will know exactly what I have on hand. This simple design holds:
10 D-Batteries
50 AA-Batteries
39 AAA-Batteries
10 C-Batteires
Plus an area for button batteries, a battery tester and 9 Volts.
Full details on all the dimensions as well as the supply sheet and cut list can be found:

A bonus of this design is that the batteries don't roll around in the bottom of the junk drawer and get damaged.
This is how I USED to store my batteries. Not Ideal.
When I finally cleaned out my junk drawer I had more than 100 batteries. I needed to get organized.
I mapped out the right layout to fit all the batteries and then selected the correct size drill bits to create the right size holes. Details here:

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  • Janet Carey
    Janet Carey
    on Feb 5, 2017

    Super idea, I will pass this on to family and friends that have children and need batteries for just about every toy out there

  • Jean A Kottre Thomas
    Jean A Kottre Thomas
    on Dec 27, 2019

    We use rechargeable batteries at our house. I'm thinking of trying this and somehow incorporating a charger unit and the 3 degree holes so the whole thing could hang on the wall.

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