Ridgid toolboxes... and fixing the sadness #13: More on the Layout Tray

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Blog entry by Tony Ennis posted 08-19-2017 01:21 PM 683 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: Taking a bite out of the next tray Part 13 of Ridgid toolboxes... and fixing the sadness series Part 14: Finishing the Layout tray, and starting the bottom »

Continuing with the layout tray, I cut, planed, and glued down the dividers intended to contain the tape measures.

You may not be able to tell, but the two sections are not quite the same size. I made a little more room in the upper section (where the tape measure is) because during mockups I found it to be too tight. That is, I could not get my fingers in there to lift out the tape measure. An extra 1/4” was plenty. This means I can’t get a similar tape measure in the bottom area, but that’s ok.

Something else that’s not real obvious are the triangular pylons I added on the right side. These help contain the combination square and framing square. Their height was chosen to clear the highest part of the highest square (the speed square’s lip) by 1/8” This means by adding support of the same height to the other end, a shallow tray can be supported. I had intended this ‘tray’ to be a standard clipboard cut to fit. But with the spring clip, they are all too tall. Here you can see the pylon peeking over the edge of the combination square, and there is one in the lower right too. My phone being what it is, it is hard to tell they are the same height.

I’m still working through this. The fact is, the tray is nearly done. I don’t have any more tools I wish to include on the tray except for a compass and spare pencils.

The dividers and stops and pieces parts in the right side of this tray are all hot-glued down. I can change things around as I learn more.

As an aside, all these little pieces and partitions… they were all resawed on the bandsaw, but otherwise I went “Paul Sellers” on them. I marked their true sizes with a marking gauge, planed them with a #4, shaped, split, and broke edges them with chisels, etc. And by golly, they all fit just right too, except where I got impatient.

-- Tony

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#1 posted 08-24-2017 08:41 PM

And by golly, they all fit just right too, except where I got impatient. – Tony Ennis


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