Want to meet one of my best friends in the whole wide world?
Yup, that’s him.
He’s been a big part of my life for the last seven years.
I use him for every project, every repair, every fix-it job around my house and more.
He’s such a good friend I have lent him out, dropped him repeatedly, even left him out in the cold, and he keeps on sticking around for me.
Although we have been through a lot together, (Remember that time I dropped you in a bucket of concrete?) , my 18V orange beauty is sometimes difficult to get along with.
For starters, sharing him with my husband is sometimes a drag. (Three’s a crowd you know.) And secondly, as much as I love this drill, it’s bulky size is often to big and heavy for my small hands.
Hey, even though I own a saw, I’m still a girl you know!
So, I passed off my old friend to my husband, and decided to try something new.
It’s good to make new friends, right?
Ain’t she purdy?
This is the Black and Decker 20V Lithium Max drill.
Do you know what lithium means?
It doesn’t matter, we’re girls. Just remember it means lighter, and more powerful.
And perfect for tough small hands.
This drill is ah-freakin-mazing. It holds its charge for up to 18 months, and it’s 35% smaller, and 25% lighter than traditional drills. Just look at the size difference below!
Man oh man, I am exicted to try out this drill!
(Ahem, I mean woman.)
Ready to see my new friend in action?
My girls were itchin’ for an art table so I made one all by myself.
Okay, the drill helped too.
First, I started out with two wood stair tread boards. Do you know what stair treads are? They are pre-cut boards intended for wood stairs. They are a fabulous piece of wood to work with because they require little or no sanding, they are cut to a great size for projects, made from high quality wood, and have a lovely rounded edge on one side.
These two I picked up at Home Depot for around $10 a piece.
I also found some metal table legs at a surplus sale. These beauties cost just a few dollars. I know not everyone is a scavenger, so if you want to make your own table check Ikea. They sell very inexpensive table legs in a variety of styles.
Next I turned over the wood and placed the legs where I wanted them to go.
Then I used my handy drill to attach the legs. I did not have clamps big enough to hold everything together while I drilled. Luckily the 20V Lithium Max drill was stable and easy to grip so I didn’t bump anything while I drilled the legs into the wood.
Then I gave the table two coats of clear wood finish. I could have stained the wood darker, but I wanted an unfinished look while still protecting the wood from crayons and markers.
Last step, wait for the finish to dry at least 48 hours. This particular brand is very strong smelling, so I waited an extra day before bringing it in the house.
Ta-da! The table is the perfect size for little ones. We have a few more yellow chairs for when more than one of my kids wants to color or work on a project.
Man, I love those stair treads. I am going to have to come up with some more projects with these.
And I love this drill! My husband loves using it too, but I am claiming it as my own. This baby is seriously made for girls hands. It’s just the perfect size for women!
To learn more about the 20V Lithium Max drill made by Black and Decker go here.
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Natalie Wright is a contributing writer at Organized Mom and Tech4Moms. You can also find her DIY blog online at natalme.com.