Ridgid toolboxes... and fixing the sadness #18: Ready for decades of service

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Blog entry by Tony Ennis posted 09-21-2017 04:01 AM 1730 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not a lot to mention, just bringing some closure to the project. Over the course of a few weeks, I painted the box. I thinned the paint down and got a much nicer result on the remaining coats. After that I reattached the hardware completing the project.

I did not enjoy painting with oil based paint. It was a mess and dried slowly. But I can wholeheartedly give a shout-out to nitrile gloves. Kept me from being green.

Anyway, pics.

The bottom of the box has a skew rabbet plane, files, rasps, and 4 clamps.

Here’s the ‘clipboard’ which isn’t quite ready. Can’t find my t-nuts. The composition book will probably have its spine sawed off. I’ll attach the pad to that plywood.

The handle disappearing into the sides. You can also see how the wooden box fits into the toolbox.

Here’s the purgatory that will exist beneath the wooden box.

Finally, here’s the new wooden box in its home.

Ready for decades of service.

And the livestock dog.

-- Tony

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#1 posted 09-25-2017 02:30 AM

So how heavy is that thing? It looks great, and is will planned out. Still, can you lug that thing around?

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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Tony Ennis

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#2 posted 09-25-2017 02:52 AM

So how heavy is that thing? It looks great, and is will planned out. Still, can you lug that thing around?

- Dwain

The plywood box adds about 8 lbs. Once it has the tools I am likely to use for typical barn/livestock repairs, it’s heavy, approaching 50 lbs. If necessary I’ll get a light-duty hand truck which would be generally useful to have around anyway. If I did it again, I could lighten it up by replacing the bottom of the box’s 1/2 ply with 1/4” and the steel handle keepers with aluminum. That would probably save 1.5 lbs, maybe.

-- Tony

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#3 posted 09-26-2017 01:43 AM

Very nice project, glad to see it all finished, I remember the start of this series.

-- -Will, FoundSheep Designs

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#4 posted 09-26-2017 01:47 AM

Very nice indeed! Congrats on the new toolbox, Tony.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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