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Project by woodbutcherbynight posted 11-14-2020 05:35 AM 1331 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have a good friend that works for local police department. He wanted a slide in cabinet with two drawers for the back of his Police SUV. The price for a metal one is $6500. So the answer for a department supplied one was of course, No. But the Chief said he could make one and install himself but no holes drilled into the vehicle. Told him no problem, as a mechanic I know they have placs for me to use that will allow this to work. Took an hour to make the bottom plate fit tightly in the back but with enough room to get in and out with ease.

So the cabinet is 40 inches wide and 37 inches deep. He ordered 3 sets of drawer slides 36 inches long at 300 lbs each. Put double slides on the side he intended to fill with paperwork, books and other heavy stuff. The smaller drawer is for his rifle and shotgun. Took some time to lay them out and a few dry fits before I was satisfied this was all going to work. Paid off, fit exactly as planned. As this will be abused I went with screws to assemble the drawers. Makes it easier to repair if and when needed later.

Paint was his request, a blue line across the front and on top. Entire cabinet is made from off the self plywood from the borg, edgebanded with clear pine. Came out better than I thought and the Chief was pleased we stayed within his guidelines. Have two more to make after 1st of year. Those will be paid jobs. This was a gift for my friend.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.





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Ivan

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#1 posted 11-14-2020 05:53 AM

Nice cabinet, cool colours. I made something similar for craftman’s van

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#2 posted 11-14-2020 09:02 AM

From the pics, it appears as though that paint job is 1st rate, considering it is over ply.

Nice that you picked up a couple paid comissions. One thing leads to another, so maybe you pick up a couple more. Good luck.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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Eric

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#3 posted 11-14-2020 10:53 AM

Great idea, and helping out those that serve us by putting their lives on the line. Nice finish

-- Eric, building the dream

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oldrivers

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#4 posted 11-14-2020 12:41 PM

Might fine. I have two family members that are in Law enforcement, just may be a new project to put on my list.
Job is well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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splintergroup

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#5 posted 11-14-2020 02:51 PM

That is a lot of handy storage. great story!

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pottz

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#6 posted 11-14-2020 08:49 PM

at 6500 i could see why the chief said no way.thats a first rate storage box ill bet your gonna be making a lot more than 2.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Desert_Woodworker

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#7 posted 11-14-2020 08:51 PM

Nice project

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#8 posted 11-15-2020 02:38 PM

Nice work, Gunny. Custom fit too!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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woodbutcherbynight

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#9 posted 11-15-2020 04:45 PM

Thanks for the comments, really made my day!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#10 posted 11-17-2020 04:34 PM

Nice looking project.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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moke

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#11 posted 11-17-2020 07:11 PM

I was an LEO, and the hot thing, SUV’s started in 2015. We loved them, but when they are the new hot thing there are a lot of neat new products for them and the taxpayer foots the bill so they are huge money compared to civilian version…and they are justified by being “safer” and “for LE” only. I worked for a smaller Dept and outfitted 13 cars in my tenure as the Capt/administrator. The last car (an SUV) the cost was less for the vehicle than the “install” and we reused the radio and computer. You did your friend a solid by custom building that. Particularly with a gun locker. He will be reminded of that everyday when he uses it. Good Job!

-- Mike

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woodbutcherbynight

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#12 posted 11-17-2020 09:31 PM



I was an LEO, and the hot thing, SUV s started in 2015. We loved them, but when they are the new hot thing there are a lot of neat new products for them and the taxpayer foots the bill so they are huge money compared to civilian version…and they are justified by being “safer” and “for LE” only. I worked for a smaller Dept and outfitted 13 cars in my tenure as the Capt/administrator. The last car (an SUV) the cost was less for the vehicle than the “install” and we reused the radio and computer. You did your friend a solid by custom building that. Particularly with a gun locker. He will be reminded of that everyday when he uses it. Good Job!

- moke

Thanks! He is the envy of the department currently.

Went to visit him and suddenly I have become popular at the police station.

LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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pottz

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#13 posted 11-17-2020 11:26 PM


I was an LEO, and the hot thing, SUV s started in 2015. We loved them, but when they are the new hot thing there are a lot of neat new products for them and the taxpayer foots the bill so they are huge money compared to civilian version…and they are justified by being “safer” and “for LE” only. I worked for a smaller Dept and outfitted 13 cars in my tenure as the Capt/administrator. The last car (an SUV) the cost was less for the vehicle than the “install” and we reused the radio and computer. You did your friend a solid by custom building that. Particularly with a gun locker. He will be reminded of that everyday when he uses it. Good Job!

- moke

Thanks! He is the envy of the department currently.

Went to visit him and suddenly I have become popular at the police station.

LOL

- woodbutcherbynight


sounds like your gonna be busy gunny.when i make something for someone they have to promise not to tell anyone where they got it.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#14 posted 11-18-2020 03:05 AM


sounds like your gonna be busy gunny.when i make something for someone they have to promise not to tell anyone where they got it.

- pottz

If I let people just drag me along oh yeah. But something I learned watching my Dad do that growing up. Just say NO. Sure I can make $$$ and all that. But then it is a job, and more like work then a getaway from work. Told the Major I would make 1, and it cost this much. Then I am taking a break to do my stuff. Perhaps in Spring another one. He laughed and said that works for him. Evidently they started a lottery of sorts to decide who gets to be the lucky winner and get the next box.

Does help though, to get in the lottery they have to prove the the Major the cash is available. Thought that was nice. No arguing about it later.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Eric

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#15 posted 11-18-2020 11:50 AM

At least your popularity is in a good way.

-- Eric, building the dream

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