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No it's not a large mouse trap to catch the landlord, but I guess it should have been.
Anyways it was free and just sitting on the side of the road and I realized that there was a good idea in it.
June 26th, 2010: Saw this old moving and storage box on the side of the road and I thought it was the makings of a great tool box. It has 4.74 cubic yards of storage space. Somehow I'll find some room for a surfboard or two.
I've got a surprise on the rear end. It took more time to fabricate because the need to be able to take the rear end apart to replace the wooden wheels. I've got some pressure treated 6 inch fence post, glued and screwed for now, but I'm in the search for some 8 inch round oak. Got the extra inch on the front legs too. However, the front legs are and experiment.
The tubing is only 1/8 stuff, ,120? I was trying to save some weight and the only time they really get tested is when someone parks in front of a bed and I have to drag the bed sideways.
Although I'm able to see anything mechanical I want inside my head, when it comes to art work, I can't see it. I just can't remember how to do three dimensional stripes. I can't recall how they are constructed. I need a reference to figure out how to lay out such a thing. I checked the hot rod magazines at the G-stores as well as the library. I couldn't even find one corner panel. It seems like everyone is into solid color paint jobs now days. I figured that a solid color would make this box almost as ugly as my cage.
Anyhow, I figured that I'd start something and add to it later. But the funny thing about it is that it looks like a great foundation for a Synchro-link Logo.
The Tooler came in at 700 pounds with doors installed.
I went a little old school on the back with my mini stakeside box. They double up as a plumber's rack too.
I think I'd prefer metal wheels, but who knows, I just had to give this wooden wheel idea a try; because it would be nice on my customer's driveways, and isn't that where I want it to be? Besides it kind of makes me feel like a Flintstone.
If you wondered why the wheels were mounted to the sides of the box. It was a mater of being able to have a shorter than normal bed length and being able to slide it forward, moving the weight forward. This is another reason I'm willing to bet the 68-70" front and rear panels will be popular. then match that with 10 foot side panels.
Things can get pretty tight when designing these kinds of things.
Being such a short bed, I thought the tools and equipment would slide more than they did. But being so high off the ground, if I raise the front legs up, I can load it with tipping it only slightly.
If I were to put the Tooler on the market as a kit. There would probably be a bunch of Mexicans running around who specialize in trimming out the interiors. And I can be the first to say that they would probably be worth it if you were as tall as I am. Regardless, every one of these scrapes was well worth the pain.
I'm proud of this fold down work bench. (March 20th 2011)
I've cut a super thin wall 1 1/2" tube for a middle cross-member and I need to come up with a latch to hold it in the up position. Check it out, the out riggers telescope so that there is no messing around with pins or braces, they just operate themselves. And when folded up, (I'll get one later,) they are not in the way and if ever damaged, I probably wouldn't need a welder, just a hack saw and a drill.
It has tabs spaced just right for the mounting holes on the front of my mitersaw.
The Tooler came in at 700 pounds with the Door hardware and skin. The roof is 3/8" Plywood with Snow Roof? Elastimaric? Supported by about a 1- 3/4 inch rise in the trusses cut down from 2X4's
Thanks to the guys at Winsor for the use of their scales.
I took the opportunity to set the tooler on a scale with only one sheet of 3/8 inch plywood on it.
It surprised me to discover it came in at 400 pounds before trimming it out.
I'll have to admit, I made more mistakes in this bed, than I did on the who Synchro-link system.
The first mistake is even trying to use the old storage container in the first place. (This thing had been beat up with fork lifts over the years, and then the screw hole layouts were off. For the money I saved, it wasn't worth it. I should have started from scratch.
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