Ridgid toolboxes... and fixing the sadness #8: Basic construction is almost complete

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Tony Ennis posted 08-03-2017 02:17 AM 2367 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: A tray, and finding a new way to secure the handles Part 8 of Ridgid toolboxes... and fixing the sadness series Part 9: The wooden box is done »

In a few moments over the last few days I have completed the 2nd tray. I had a problem when I glued it up – I did not realize some of my 1/4” plywood was really 5mm or something. I used a piece of that as a spacer to position the tray end, and as a result, the tray end is not quite centered on the tray. Fortunately, it is still ‘toolbox centered’ aka perfect for the task at hand. The only real effect was that I had to add a shim to tray ends in order to make up for the thinner plywood.

The glue-ups to connect the sides to the tray bottom wasn’t well done. I underestimated the difficulty of getting the thin plywood sides lined up perfectly. And being 1/4” plywood that I found around the shop, it wasn’t exactly straight, either.

But it was close enough that a little trimming with a block plane and some sanding carried the day.

Here’s the empty box. The plywood pieces at the bottom support the top and leave a 1.75” bin. I’ll permanently attach these strips when I am sure it’s what I want.

Here’s the wooden box in the toolbox, and the two trays stacked up on top of the plywood supports. This is how it will live its life.

So here’s a serving suggestion. It’s like the tiny piece of broccoli on the front of the box of mac and cheese. Later on, I’ll decide which tools will live here and add dividers as appropriate. I don’t want my chisels banging around in there. (And yeah, this is the land of the misfit chisels.)

Top tray is out. This is the thicker “layout” tray. Again, it is a serving suggestion.

And with the layout tray removed, the bottom of the box. So I can sneak an old skew rabbet in there, a tenon saw, and a few clamps, easy. Of course, those things won’t be allowed to touch where it matters.

And the purgatory of the bottom of the toolbox beneath the wooden box. The picture is out of focus because of… purgatory. Frightening. What’s really frightening is that every tool I have would be in that purgatory area, being eroded, chipped, and basically messed up without the wooden box.

The wooden box removed and loaded.

...and this is why I need a proper toolbox.

So what’s next? The big thing is to get the handles on the wooden box so it can be removed. It is hard to get out of the toolbox! I need to mount handles similar to those on the trays. It’s a little tricky because I have to avoid the structure of the toolbox. This ought to be entertaining.

After that, I’ll start giving tools a home in their trays.

-- Tony

3 comments so far

View JCamp's profile


1044 posts in 1181 days

#1 posted 08-03-2017 05:48 PM

Looks good and functional but after all this work are you any better off then just building your own?

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

View Tony Ennis's profile

Tony Ennis

137 posts in 3766 days

#2 posted 08-03-2017 07:13 PM

Looks good and functional but after all this work are you any better off then just building your own?
- JCamp

That’s a great question. I didn’t really know where the adventure was leading when I started. But the shell is very sturdy with great hardware. It stacks with the other toolboxes in the set making transport easier. It is waterproof-ish. So as a container, the Ridgid seems pretty decent. But yeah, if I wanted another toolbox I could also just build the outer shell too.

-- Tony

View JohnTM's profile


91 posts in 909 days

#3 posted 08-24-2017 08:30 PM

Looks good and functional but after all this work are you any better off then just building your own?
- JCamp

Isn’t the journey worth the time, effort and satisfaction as opposed to just going to a Big Box store and pullng out the M/c or visa?

I appreciate the mental gaming process you employed and am certain that you’ll get at least a miniscule sense of pride each time you use the toolbox trays. Nothing major but enough that it might be noticeable if not much else is going on.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics