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This is one of the tool boxes I built several years ago. Has 50 drawers in all. They have maple fronts and a 1/2" square metal image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg tubing frame. The drawers are 10" wide by 22" deep. There are 42 of them 1 1/2" deep, 6 are 3 1/2" deep and 2 are 5 1/2" deep. Also one big door with three shelves. I built it in three sections so it's easier to move when it's full. When I retired I had to move it from my last job to my shop here at home. Sure glad I had a big crane here to unload it.

The whole box is 6' long X 2' deep X 38" high. Took a while to build it. Most tool boxes have real deep drawers so you have to stack everything up. This way most everything lays flat and has its own place.
 

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image.jpg image.jpg This is the other box I built about thirty years ago. I built it out of solid 3/4" birch. Looked real good then but it has really gotten dirty over the years. Needs a good cleaning and refinishing as does the other box I built.

It is 24" deep X 24" wide X 38" tall. Has 9 drawers that are 20" X 20" X 3" deep. Also has a tambour top so the whole box can be locked up.
 

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I was gonna say fire stopper what you couldn't spring for the KRL master series lol
I even got the mini boxes lol, the green snap on is a sickness, just have everything green. The mini boxes hold inserts and other lathe tooling moslty.
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High price & low quality seem to go hand in hand when thinking of swimming pool parts. When the stair rail mounts at my son's pool broke, I bought a couple of PVC, sch.80 pipe flanges & stainless steel hardware. Then I bored out the center hole to a slightly tighter than slip fit for the rail to go through. After that, I notched, drilled & tapped a couple of holes for the set screws to lock in the railing. It was a hoot to be able to make these.

Every home should have a milling machine for jobs like this.

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Congradulations! You are now a snap-on manufacturer! :)

I have wondered if toolboxes are made like our venerable imported machines. Slap on different color paint, different (sometimes) decals and ship 'em.

Excellent job on the bench. Looks sturdy. Where did you get the top?
Yea, I kind a cheated with the badging, but it looks good on there. No secrets here. The top (.125 HR) was sheared to my measurements, I then notched the corners and broke the 2" legs and welded the seam. I was going to secure it to the plywood deck but it fits snuggly to it. After leveling it, I dropped 7 or 8 precision balls onto top from 6" with no rolling, basically bounced once then sat.
I like what others have done for storage of tooling.
 

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Haha..Since you asked about the boxes, they are in fact HF best seller on sale for $359.00 ea. Those boxes are built pretty well and in this application (anchored) they slide nice under weight.
The clearance notches where done during the addition of the top rail, for the lock I used a 1" punch (1/2 of the punch) on the iron worker and the badge clearance was notched on the ironworker as well.
I found 10 unpainted plastic Snap-on badges on eBay for $15. Made an aluminum template to locate and drill the holes and after hand painting them, I wasn't going to cover them with angle haha.
I initially assumed HF boxes as I've heard some good things about them and the price is right. With 52 drawers in that bench, should be no need to overload anything. You store your bullion elsewhere, right? After I saw your pics (logo) last night, I went to the Snap-On web site to see what a 13 drawer box costs. Near-as-damn-it $2.5K each. However, I couldn't find your drawer configuration. I had heard that Snap-On will do cu$tom configuration$ for $0me $$$, so thought you might have done that. But now you've spilled the beans, I agree with your choice of the boxes. Not as riche' as Snap-On but appropriate to the application and fiscally sound. Nice rig!
 
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My box is a KRL 722, Masters series, two long drawers, almost $6k, you cant even tell but my son ran my car into the front of the one pictured, it pushed the wall out about 8 inches, try that with your HF box lol
 

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I found 10 unpainted plastic Snap-on badges on eBay for $15. Made an aluminum template to locate and drill the holes and after hand painting them, I wasn't going to cover them with angle haha.
O M G !!! You da MAN!!!

That's gotta be the slickest camouflage job I've seen since my cousin (who worked at the Levi's plant in Waco ~40 years ago) re-covered a couch with blue denim and sewed real Levi's red tabs to the cushions. Congratulations on a job very well done!
 

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My box is a KRL 722, Masters series, two long drawers, almost $6k, you cant even tell but my son ran my car into the front of the one pictured, it pushed the wall out about 8 inches, try that with your HF box lol
$6k would buy my whole shop!
 

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Nice work on the bench. The badges funny.
 

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Personally I don't find anything cool or funny about the badges. Put a bowtie on a ford, it still ain't no chevrolet

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Don't get me wrong, your setup is definitely sweet. And I do commend you for putting it out there right away that the boxes are not genuine. Before I got my box, 8 wished and dreamed about it, then when I had the coin and got it home it was worth the wait. The lifetime of service and the local dealer I have makes the juice worth the squeeze
 
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My box is a KRL 722, Masters series, two long drawers, almost $6k, you cant even tell but my son ran my car into the front of the one pictured, it pushed the wall out about 8 inches, try that with your HF box lol
I can't, Chevy. My son is grown and lives far away. And, there is no room for a car in my garage. He'd have to plow through my 220 ton Powermatic table saw to get to it.

I've looked at a lot of tool cabinets. I have to say that HF box is one heavy duty box, as solid and well made as any other box I've seen. It is rated for 3,000 pounds of tools and made of 18 ga steel, channel posts on the corners and double ball bearing guides on the top and bottom deep drawers. It comes with a very good set of cast iron with poly tread 5" roller bearing casters.
 
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Well I certainly was not trying to upset, offend or mislead anyone over silly badging, I simply wanted to share a different concept to a workbench. Like many of you, I still work for a living and can't afford everything on my want list. I purchased the HF boxes over a year and half ago on sale and already had a mental picture of the end product. Like Franko says, they really are well made, I have two older Snap-on boxes and both have been replaced with the new set-up. The snappy side box is showing its age as the last drawer will pull out if not carful, and the other Bottom snappy is not and never has been a smooth pull on any drawers. To be fair, they are over 25+ years old and over loaded.
I have nothing to hide gentleman and only time will tell if the toolboxes will function well into the future. I have invested time and money into a workbench that will fit my needs and I still like the way they look with the badging at the end of the day.
For the record, in a perfect world (and had $$$ to burn) I would have built a WB with Lista or Vidmar cabinets but like I said, I still work for a living. Remember, this site is about sharing ideas so others can spawn their own designs to suit their needs.
To be fair to the subject title, I cleaned the shop for several hours. The rains have brought un-wanted tenants of spiders and scorpions.
Take care,
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Sorry, I ment to thank everyone for sharing their thoughts as well as impressive setups.
Now let turn and burn!
 

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It's all good firestopper, I'll say that again, dude, the setup is killer. Just something about trying to rebadge, idk, I'm a brand loyal snob I guess lol.
Hell, I only wish I had the space to fit all that. I just installed 4 new garage doors this last week for a family member, brand new stall added, I think the garage may officially have more squares than the house (big house, escalades, new denali, that type of big house)
Franko, I recall a Snap on box ad where they place a semi truck on top their boxes, idk if that means anything or they just think that's cool, I just wonder cause you say the HF box holds 3k lbs of tools, which is nothing to sneeze at. I still have the craftsman box, it just holds the less snobby tools, tape, and tools the kids can play with
 

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My misadventures in metal working continue.

Yesterday I was enjoying myself by listening to some bluegrass while in the shop. I was working on another new spindle for my horizontal mill, turning it down between centers. Just as the tool hit the surface for the second cut I heard a loud, high pitched squealing sound. I immediately backed the tool off. Then I heard the sound again.

It was the fiddler making imitation train noises as an introduction to "The Wreck of the Old 97".
 

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Nothing to apologize for, Paco. Except maybe for having such a luxuriously large work space that has room for such a splendid work bench. :)
 

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Franko, I recall a Snap on box ad where they place a semi truck on top their boxes, idk if that means anything or they just think that's cool, I just wonder cause you say the HF box holds 3k lbs of tools, which is nothing to sneeze at. I still have the craftsman box, it just holds the less snobby tools, tape, and tools the kids can play with
I still have my first roll around tool box, which is a Craftsman with the old-timey non-ball bearing drawer glides. It is about 40 years old nowadays, and still has tools I use every day in it.
 

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I didn't do all this today, I've been working on it for about a week.
It is a gizmo to position a color index chip for my product testing client.
The arm has to adjust up and down, as well as rotate out of the way. The arm is about 36" long.

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I did it the hard way, of course. I'm a machinist. I went to great effort to make the axles and other thing, instead of just using a bolt. Actually, there was a reason. The pocket axle helps to maintain clearance for the square rod to move smoothly.

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The height adjusting mechanism. I made the thumb nut.
Not my finest knurling, but I couldn't get enough purchase in the chuck to allow for the thickness of my knurling head. It uses a 1/4-20 threaded rod and I tried screwing one in it a chucking the threaded rod, but it didn't work very well. Something was slipping no matter how hard I clamped down on the chuck jaws.


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I needed to put a radius on the piece of Delrin and it needed to be a genuine radius. I have a couple of rotary tables but to mount them on my mill, I'd have to take off the milling vise, which is a pain in the butt to reattach and align.
So, I came up with this genius idea to be able to clamp the rotary table in my mill vise. It worked pretty good.

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I didn't have any clamps small enough to work in the t-slots of that smalll rotary table, so I hooked up a small 4-jaw chuck, clamping the piece in 2 jaws with a section of 1/4 aluminum bar to hold it up off the table face.
It worked pretty well.

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Something must be going wrong with my concentration. I had a very hard time making the two plates. It took a couple hours to cut, square and mill each pair to the exact square dimensions. Then when I started milling the pockets for the axle, I ruined the first two plates (on the left).

I bet I'm the only idiot who's ever done such a stupid thing.

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Then, not to be outdone by myself, when I milled the pockets (in the proper orientation), my mind went on vacation again, and instead of milling a 5/16" pocket, I milled them 3/8ths.
I really didn't want to start over again, so I made a couple 3/8 to 1/4" bushings. They were not easy to make as they are only 0.15" deep.
The original plan was to use a 5/16 axle, but plans change to fit circumstances.

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So, that's it, so far. IMG_0678.JPG
 
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I bet I'm the only idiot who's ever done such a stupid thing.

Franko, we're machinists, we don't make mistakes, we make prototypes! ;) And the mark of a good machinist is to be able to screw it up and then make it look like it was supposed to be that way :grin:

Nice work anyway.
 

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Heck, I remember guys making a part for a special machine wrong and coming up to me and saying they needed to make it over. 9 out of 10 times the mating part was made yet so I would just change dimensions on the mating part so the part that was made would fit and work. Then just tell engineering what we did so they could change the original blueprints.
 

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Heck, I remember guys making a part for a special machine wrong and coming up to me and saying they needed to make it over. 9 out of 10 times the mating part was made yet so I would just change dimensions on the mating part so the part that was made would fit and work. Then just tell engineering what we did so they could change the original blueprints.
It was always easier to make engineering "modifications" with an eraser in the good old days !
 

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Yup. The reason I've never messed with explosives is because I make mistakes. A man's gotta know his limitations.
Apparently I didn't have that wisdom when I inadvertently made an oxy-acetylene bomb while burning steel wool in an oxygen atmosphere. I learned about that phenomenon while watching an early live TV broadcast of Mr Wizard. Having used my Dad's oxy-acetylene torch for the oxygen was a success. But, when I mixed in a little acetylene, I was not able to observe the results until I regained awareness of my surroundings. The glass vinegar bottle was well distributed over a large area of the shop & only 2 large shards "nested" in my right palm.

The evidence (scars) remind me to be much more careful with combustibles. It didn't stop me from engaging in bonfire parties, on the other hand.
 

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Apparently I didn't have that wisdom when I inadvertently made an oxy-acetylene bomb while burning steel wool in an oxygen atmosphere. I learned about that phenomenon while watching an early live TV broadcast of Mr Wizard. Having used my Dad's oxy-acetylene torch for the oxygen was a success. But, when I mixed in a little acetylene, I was not able to observe the results until I regained awareness of my surroundings. The glass vinegar bottle was well distributed over a large area of the shop & only 2 large shards "nested" in my right palm.

The evidence (scars) remind me to be much more careful with combustibles. It didn't stop me from engaging in bonfire parties, on the other hand.
 
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