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Ridgid toolboxes... and fixing the sadness #4: The tray ends

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Blog entry by Tony Ennis posted 07-26-2017 01:16 AM 1140 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here are the sides, solid pine (delicately sawn from a 2×4), and recesses cut for the handles. You can see a keeper sitting in position. 1/4” plywood sides will be glued to the ends of each matching pair, and then this assembly glued to a plywood bottom. That will complete the tray’s outside and it will technically be functional.

What’s next is to for each end piece, drill pilot holes for the mounting screws (keeper plate outer holes) and 7/16” holes for the legs (inner holes). I still have not decided how to “expand” the legs so they cannot pull through the keeper plate. I am considering just heating the ends to red heat and smacking them with a hammer. I only have to expand them by 1/16”, then the 3/16” rod will not pull through the 1/4” hole in the keeper plate. The nice thing about that is that there won’t be a piece to fall off. Another option would be to silver solder a washer onto the end. That would be good too.

-- Tony



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