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07-22-2019 05:15 PM

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This is a pretty basic carpenters toolbox. It’s just a dry fit so far, and I plan to add a couple of dividers that will let me store two saws inside it without them being banged up, and will have a chisel rack on one side.

My question is about the handle. It is a 2’ piece of black pipe, with the idea that if I need to, I will be able to slide it out and use it with pipe clamps. In practice, that won’t happen often, because I won’t often take it out of my garage, and I have more clamps and more pipes there, but it’s a solid handle and I like having the option just in case.

Right now, the pipe just slides through, and there is nothing to keep it from sliding out. My original idea was to drill holes on each end, just inside the wood, and run a small bolt through the pipe with a wingnut. But now I’m thinking about a block of wood on each end, with a bolt and starknob to tighten/loosen it from the pipe. Anything that keeps it from sliding out of place will work, but ideally, would be easy to add/remove.

Then I thought “I should ask, the lumberjocks probably have some good ideas”.

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#1 posted 07-22-2019 05:23 PM

I would make it fixed so it couldn’t be removed. But in light of your drilling holes and using a bolt/wingnut – these would be much easier IMO:


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#2 posted 07-22-2019 05:36 PM

If the pipe is long enough, thread the other end also and use plumbing pipe caps, solid and just unscrew. Another idea is below, loosen the wing nut, swing out of the way and remove pipe, to easy.

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#3 posted 07-22-2019 05:44 PM

I’d just use the pipe clamp ends to hold it in, then when you need it, its already there.

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#4 posted 07-22-2019 06:07 PM

I considered using the pipe clamp ends, but that would extend the pipe and clamps quite a bit past the size of the toolbox. Those clamps are fairly large. And when I set it on a shelf for storage, I have a feeling it would be easy to knock holes in the sheet rock.

I’m kind of liking the wing-nut idea from Carlos.

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#5 posted 07-22-2019 06:26 PM

You might mount a pipe flange on the inside (or outside) of one end of the box. Then just slip the pipe through the hole in the other end and screw it into the flange. Can’t tell for sure but, it looks like you might already have threads.

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#6 posted 07-22-2019 06:52 PM

Based on Carlos idea, I made a couple of covers from 1/2” plywood, drilled a screw hole with countersink, routed the edges to keep it all smooth. I’ll screw these over the ends and should have no trouble twisting them out of the way if I need to get the pipe out.

Thanks for the help.

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#7 posted 07-22-2019 06:53 PM

I like the flange idea, too, but already moving on.

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#8 posted 07-22-2019 07:19 PM

If you didn’t want to drill through the threads to put in a bold or clip pin then drill on the inside of the box.

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#9 posted 07-22-2019 07:24 PM

I’d get a slightly longer pipe and use the clamp mechanisms to keep in place.

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#10 posted 07-22-2019 07:43 PM

I d just use the pipe clamp ends to hold it in, then when you need it, its already there.


My vote also. I believe your extra is something like 2 to 2 1/5” longer. You are talking about a box essentially 2’ wide x whatever, but filled with heavy tools. It’s best resting place is on Terra Firma.

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