Ridgid toolboxes... and fixing the sadness #5: I did not fail; I learned a way that did not work

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Blog entry by Tony Ennis posted 07-28-2017 01:27 AM 707 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, actually, I did not fail. But there won’t be any beauty pageant winners here. I decided to use some heat and pein the ends of the legs to form the retainers. Even with red heat I was unable to pein the ends. Instead they were driven into the jaws of the vise.

So plan B was to flatten the ends. That was a learning experience I can tell you. Sounds easy but I got a lot of unsightly results, and a lot of variation. In the spirit of self-humiliation, here’s a picture. LJ pictures are constrained to be pretty small, but trust me, the ends are ugly. The good news is that 3 of 4 will work fine, especially after a few minutes of file work. None of this will be visible. The leftmost handle is the first one I did. Not great. The next one over is ruined; I cracked the steel leg by trying to move some material when the steel was too cold. I can make a new leg in maybe 5 minutes so it is ok.

So I will need a new leg and secure the ends, and there are 2 more hande assemblies to go – the ones that allow the entire box to be removed from the tool box. I will probably epoxy keepers (a nut or a washer) onto the ends of these legs and forego the torch abuse. Or perhaps I wll silver solder them. I would not mind trying it.

-- Tony

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