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Walt

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11-03-2010 09:08 PM

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First senior moment:
Today I got a e-mail notification and in that a LJ listed the web site for lee valley tool box trays. These are now being sold again. I went there and it is a great buy and very useful

Who ever sent it THANK YOU

http://leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=46037&cat=1,43326

That is is site and these provide excellent trays for cabinets that are weekend type of projects.

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware, http://waltlumley@yahoo.com


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#1 posted 12-18-2010 04:47 PM

I’ve looked at these a number of times; are they working well for you?

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#2 posted 12-18-2010 06:03 PM

These look like a slick product, but you can make the same thing yourself and dimension it to fit a certain spot in your shop.

The MDF case would be as shown in the picture. The drawers are a frame (I use MDF) glued on a quarter inch masonite bottom that protrudes a quarter inch or so on each side. That is what slides in the dado in the case sides. I have several of these in my shop. I’ll make a note to post some pix.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#3 posted 12-19-2010 01:50 AM

There’s a cheaper alternative: This http://lumberjocks.com/projects/40825 which may be better in the long run. I’ll be making one of my own soon, but if I don’t find the plastic ones I’ve got in mind, I’ll just groove the MDF to accept 1/4” tempered hardboard or whatever I’ve got laying around. Then, I can adjust to fit plastic trays without worrying how much weight the ‘lip’ will hold. Those plastic dishpans work well too, I’ve got 12 of ‘em for storage in dedicated cubbies now, each sitting atop masonite horizontal dividers.

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#4 posted 12-19-2010 02:47 AM

I bought a few of these (6) several years ago, both the 2” and 3” size, and have been very happy with them. I made a case for them and mounted it under my table saw extension table. I have all of the lay out and “t track” tools that I normally use at the saw in it. Couple of the drawers have sand paper and I use on for shims and wedges that are off cuts that look to have a future use. I banged them around quite a bit, and they hold up well. Don’t know if the plastic ones would take the abuse that these have. May have to get a few more.

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#5 posted 12-20-2010 09:40 PM

Here’s some images of drawer units I made for the shop with extended bottoms as slides.

Note that the bottom drawer is just a net fit in order to make the rabbet corner joint easy to assemble.

MDF box, glued onto the 1/4 masonite. lacquer finish.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#6 posted 12-20-2010 11:34 PM

Lee,
Is that masonite you used for the bottom, or solid lumber? how far can you extend the drawers without damaging whatever is still engaged of the bottom in the dado?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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Lee Barker

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#7 posted 12-21-2010 06:36 AM

Masonite on the first, 5.2 mm plywood on the second. The second one is purpose built to hold the premade tailpieces for my instrument, so there’s very little weight involved.

I am home now and can’t really measure—but I will—how well they track toward the end of the pull.

The first ones are drawers full of stuff you must paw through, so I just pull the whole drawer out and put it on the bench and commence pawage.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#8 posted 12-21-2010 02:36 PM

Of all the wonderfull products that Lee Valley has to offer I simply don’t like this one.
The trays are stamped and have no joins on the corners, If you place any kind of a normal load in them they pull out of the kerfs and get jammed in the cabinet.
If you don’t push them in dead straight they jam and pop out of the kerfs.
The drawers as too short for most tools like chisels and the like so you have to skew them to get them in a drawer.
By the time you buy a dozen of them plus the plywood for a cabinet you may just as well do the whole job wih plywood and be done with it.
They may work for light stuff as in a sewing cabinet but they don’t fill the bill in a shop setting.

p.s. Lee your solution is the best idea for me. Good job and still on my list.

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#9 posted 12-21-2010 07:26 PM

Amin to that brother Bob

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#10 posted 12-22-2010 01:05 AM

I looked at them again yesterday at Lee Valley, and they really are on the smallish side anyway. If they were perhaps 15” wide and 18” or 20” deep, that would be great! I think I’ll dado up some MDF to accept some tempered hardboard, and find a good deal on plastic storage trays with lids. I wonder if I’m getting that label-maker for Christmas?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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