Workbench Turned Mechanics Box

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Project by Airframer posted 01-23-2013 09:55 AM 1989 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was sitting here thinking and it dawned on me that my drill press table wasn’t actually my first wood working project. Last July my Squadron at work was in the middle of transitioning from the EA-6B to the EA-18G platforms which meant we were getting an entirely new set of tools. This new set of tools added an extra box to our arsenal and seeing that space is at a premium we needed a way to store them that didn’t add another piece of furniture to the shop.

We already had this workbench and my boss asked me and one of my junior sailors to “Just box it in and make it lock so we can use that”.

Well, the day after that he went on leave and me and my buddy couldn’t just box it in lol. We had a very used and abused Snap On tool chest that was getting tossed that we robbed a couple drawers from and all the drawer glides. Bought the best wood the Gov would pay for (as you can see it is the cheapest available) and with a Dremel and a Hacksaw we cobbled this together.

That bottom sliding tray holds over 250 pounds worth of torque wrenches and total this holds close to 60 tools. The theme for the entire build which took an entire work week of 18 hour days plus the weekend was “Meh.. it that might work lets try that”.

The box has been in use since Aug and has withstood the abuse that a Navy metal/hydraulic/tire shop can throw at it. Now if only we can figure out how to carry it up and down some ladder wells we can take it to the boat with us otherwise it looks like I might have another project on my hands.

BTW.. the last pic of of me working hard on my back… pretty par for the course :D

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 01-23-2013 01:50 PM

It sounds like you were very resourceful and your superior will be pleased when he gets back. No point displeasing him. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 01-23-2013 05:18 PM

One heavy duty and functional box, important thing is that it works!


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