Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Now THAT's a toolbox!!
So I shared with a few people the big news of my new tool box purchase. Few seemed as excited about this event as I, but I can understand that, I suppose. I don't get all a-twitter about their purchases.
But this is a special tool box. It is HUGE. OK, not as huge as some, but still bigger than anything anybody I know owns. It is four feet wide, two feet deep and two feet tall. That's 16 cubic feet, more than your typical chest freezer. For tools.
I mentioned in passing that the Home Despot guys put it into my truck with a forklift, but nobody took the bait. I was very sad.
So I got the thing home and went to the lumber store to get some wood. And then I learned that it would not allow me to get a full sheet of plywood into the truck bed because the feet were in the way. OK, so I need to build a platform. I used some scrap stuff I had from the job I am working on and built a thing with 2X8s for the uprights and 2X12s for the platform, and 2X4s bracing the uprights and adding support. I then cut a couple of squared U-bolts to make L-bolts, drilled some holes in the lumber and hooked the L part into the holes in the box's feet, fed the threaded end through the wood and secured it with nuts and washers. There is probably 6 inches of clearance underneath, which is really more plywood than I want to work with at one time anyway. If I am working on a job that requires more than eight or nine sheets of plywood, I'll have it delivered.
So anyway, I have this spiffy cool tool box. It is mounted in my new truck and is now filled up with tools. I think it is just right for my needs. I can fit everything in it that I need, and I can take it out of the truck if I need to do that too. Of course, I may have to rent a couple of guys named Bubba and Urk to do the lifting, but it will come out.
Somebody please tell me it's cool.