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Project by Levo posted 11-21-2015 04:07 AM 1032 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bought a new 7’ x 12’ Cargo/Work trailer. I didn’t go with the ramp door because I find in my work (interior trim and residential custom wood) that a ramp door will only get in the way. I use my trailer like a shop, so the in and out and in and out ALL day long would cause the ramp door to be useless after 6 months to a year anyways.

Custom (VERY STURDY…lots of travel) built cabinets and shelves with 3/4” birch plywood. It has a 5’ cabinet on the right side that’s 3 stories high with 3 closed/lidded compartments for hardware storage mainly.

Then an 8’ cabinet on the left with 4 long lidded compartments for tools in and out of their boxes and misc open compartment storage at the bottom. The nose of the trailer is reserved for my cut table for my 10” Makita and various hoses/cords as well as the bigger 40 gallon compressor.

Both sides are bolted to the steel frame with 24 nut/bolts on the 8’ and 16 nut/bolt on the 5’ section. Eye hooks placed accordingly. I’m sure everyone knows how it goes, when you are breaking in a new space only time will tell you were everything should go. That explains the basic look right now.

No finish on the interior. Left all wood raw. Doors are closed using basic spring loaded hasps.

Not much to show off but I wanted to post a project. Shop project OTW next!

-- Chris - Residential Custom Wood Work - Jacksonville, FL





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playingwithmywood

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#1 posted 11-21-2015 04:28 AM

looks nice but I hope you will paint walls and cabs white and then medium grey floor and sprinkle in the paint chips for texture and a non slip surface….... you will not regret it easier to keep clean and brighter plus the trailer will be happier they have feelings also

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Levo

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#2 posted 11-21-2015 08:01 AM

I haven’t fully decided on anything but a textured floor pain job. All the stock wood in the trailer is PT but I still want to give it a finish to make it easier to clean as you said.

Have decided on upgrading the interior lighting with LEDs. As of now, factory, it only has a single “dome” light that will only work when hooked up to my truck. This is just the beginning. I didn’t want to “finish” it before putting it through a couple months of actual use.

-- Chris - Residential Custom Wood Work - Jacksonville, FL

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Hawaiilad

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#3 posted 11-21-2015 08:57 AM

Did your build out add allot of weight to the trailer?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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Levo

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#4 posted 11-21-2015 10:31 AM

Not what I thought it was going to. I did take into account weight when I was designing the layout and material but it wasn’t my top priority…but the cabinet doors are 3/4” Birch and the doors are 1/2” Birch. I added 1/4” backing to the cabinets; even though it’s going up against the wall…this is my 3rd work trailer, but first one I get to 100% customize to my liking..and the benefits of having backing for the smaller hardware compartments made are well worth it.

I was able to carry the 5’ shelf in without the doors myself, and I built the 8’ cabinet in to two pieces. As far as trailing and/or suspension difference….no, the trailer is well built and the weight only makes it feel more stable.

-- Chris - Residential Custom Wood Work - Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 11-21-2015 11:02 AM

This is the inside the day I brought it home.

-- Chris - Residential Custom Wood Work - Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 11-21-2015 06:13 PM

That is a nice setup, Chris. Congratulations and welcome to Lumerjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 11-21-2015 06:19 PM



That is a nice setup, Chris. Congratulations and welcome to Lumerjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Thanks! I appreciate it VERY much! Been into wood work my entire life. I tried to get away from it and persue other career choices (hence the BA in computer programming/analysis), but I’ve been working in the shop and on job sites since I could walk and there is nothing like working with wood. The IT background gives me an edge up to also consult on the office setups but the computer setups as well.

Anyways, I found this website looking for some info on a 10” contractors craftsman table saw my grandfather left me when he passed and find the people here to be helpful, knowledgeable, and very easy to get along with.

-- Chris - Residential Custom Wood Work - Jacksonville, FL

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#8 posted 11-22-2015 03:10 AM

Howdy Neighbor!
Our son-in-law has this same trailer but with the drop down back door. He does the same thing with his trailer but he only works on their 8 rental units. He made two Roll out units so if he need to haul something big he cold take them out and have the extra space. Having an enclosed trailer is a great way to keep your tools and things out of the Weather, Organized and Locked up. Looks Great!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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playingwithmywood

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#9 posted 11-22-2015 05:06 AM


I didn t want to “finish” it before putting it through a couple months of actual use.

- Levo

I understand this but I think the likely hood is once you start using it you will not want to clean if back out to paint it later plus it will be harder to do it later since dirt and mess will be harder to clean out of the bare wood to be it back prepared for paint.

I bought a used trailer and it was a pain cleaning the floor to get ready to paint it. if I ever got into the trailer business I would not sell a unpainted trailer. it is just one of my pet peeves but I also say it to be helpful cause it adds value later plus it add usability in the process

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#10 posted 11-22-2015 05:49 AM

I’m going to put some light coat to protect the bare wood. Any suggestions? Something I could paint over later if I decided.

As far as getting dirty….. OHHHH NO!!! LOL My laborer and apprentice blows the shelves out, sweeps the floors and dusts the roof every afternoon when we are rolling up. EVERYTHING has it’s place. I am very OCD when it comes to the treatment and storage of my tools…which are also blown off and dusted before being put away. I also put a couple drops of gun oil on the hinges daily because of how close the trailer is to my cut area…as well as it getting a full bath once a week, every Sunday morning my truck, an 07 F-150 Super Crew 4×4 and work trailer get detailed inside and out. I could go on and on about how OCD I am in keeping my things very well taken care of but you get the hint, lol. After all they are what pays the bills and puts food on my families table.

-- Chris - Residential Custom Wood Work - Jacksonville, FL

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