Ridgid toolboxes... and fixing the sadness #2: Tetris

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Blog entry by Tony Ennis posted 07-20-2017 01:30 AM 1021 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Where it starts Part 2 of Ridgid toolboxes... and fixing the sadness series Part 3: Fabbing the handles »

Not much to report this time. I’m trying to figure out a layout for the top 2 trays. The tray including pliers and chisels is pretty easy. This is because all pliers are about the same size, and so are the chisels I’ll be including in the box.

So you can see that a few vertical dividers and we’re completely serviceable. This tray would be about 2” tall though if I spread the pliers out, or removed a pair, it could be 1.5”.

So indeed it has become a game of fitting the most amount of tools in the least amount of space without making gaining access to the tools a complete PITA.

It’s Tetris for adults.

Now the problem is the “layout” tray. This is the with the tape measures, squares, rules, paper, trammel points, etc

And the problems come from the size of the tape measures – they are relatively huge. These make the tray too tall (over 3”) or I lie them on their sides, and they consume a lot of area.

So not a lot going on here, except we find the little square consumes almost all the left-to-right space. Then the speed square consumes a bunch. With that diagonal, it might as well be a 6” x 6”. Now the speed square only has to consume .75” of vertical space. And the tape measures require 1.75” of vertical space. Will I perhaps be able to add a platform on top of the speed square and have enough remaining space for a pad of paper and some pencils? I would like to find some space for a compass and so forth.

Ok, I know I can work though that. And if I make a terrible mistake, I can just make another tray. It takes no real time. So I decided to consider the real problem.

As I alluded to earlier, I have nothing to grab. The plywood box sits flush with the Ridgid’s top. The trays should fill the plywood box up completely. I have to solve the handle problem.

There’s nowhere to simply screw on handles. Finger grips on the inside of the small edge of the tray will consume space I suddenly don’t have. A handle on top of the tray sides will prevent the trays from stacking.

So I’m going over in my head handles that disappear into the tray sides. Think inverted “U”, but square, and the legs disappear into holes drilled into the top of the sides. The handle would pull up when it was needed, and drop back into the side piece when not.

That sure is a lot of work if I want to do it right. I have a metal lathe so I know I can fabricate the parts…

-- Tony

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#1 posted 08-24-2017 08:16 PM

“Tetris for adults” – love it!

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