Ridgid toolboxes... and fixing the sadness #6: omg handles

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Blog entry by Tony Ennis posted 07-29-2017 02:21 AM 929 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: I did not fail; I learned a way that did not work Part 6 of Ridgid toolboxes... and fixing the sadness series Part 7: A tray, and finding a new way to secure the handles »

Per the previous post, I didn’t care for the job I did when I peined the handles. But I decided to continue on to see what I could make of it. With some creative use of a hammer and a punch, I was able to make some fine adjustments to the handles and make them usable. That is, I worked the ends to ensure they cannot pull through the keeper.

After I was satisfied with the handles, I drilled 3/8” holes in the tray sides to allow the handles to pass, and I drilled pilot holes for the mounting screws. Except for some fine tuning, I think I have sides!

The handle is easy to grip.

Tomorrow I’ll glue up a tray and start planning tool locations. This is the short tray for chisels, pliers, and the like.

-- Tony

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#1 posted 07-29-2017 12:56 PM

That’s some awesome engineering on the fly Tony!!

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#2 posted 07-29-2017 01:28 PM

Thanks @donovanwoodworking.

I’m trying to do precision work, and that’s probably a mistake in a shop not set up for that kind of precision work. The holes in the sides are an ‘oversize’ 3/8”. So if I use washers, they have to be a little smaller than that. And the hole in the center must be pretty much 3/16” – the dia of the rod.

I doubt I can find washers laying around that are this size. So it will be another fabbing adventure. If I can find some steel thin enough to snip, it won’t be hard. Maybe since I need 4 max, just clamping a piece into the vise and filing it to fit is the answer. Sounds easy now that I work through it. Experiment time!

I was thinking about making a punch for steel so I could make a lot of washers. Uhhh I need 4. Hacksawing and filing is a better idea, lol.

-- Tony

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#3 posted 08-24-2017 08:23 PM

And we have liftoff!
Way to go – persistence and ingenuity usually pays off.

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