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Old 12-11-2011, 11:04 PM   #1
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OK as I said in my introduction, I found this place while researching road boxes such as the Snap On KRA6200 series that I really wanted but just couldnt justify buying when I realized the cost. I have been up close to one many times at work and talked to the owner and ask him what he would change about his and I made my changes accordingly based on his experience with his box. As for size I have a little over 2000 more square inches of storage when compared to the Snap On box so it turned out really good I think. Pics attached are still in the bare metal and in the fine tuning stage as it goes to powder coat in a couple of days and I cant wait to get this thing put together for the final time. You will notice that the pics are from 2 different locations as I started this in one shop and finished it in another. I had limited time in the first one where I had use of a CNC plasma machine to cut my drawers, side panels and top panels, bend them and plus the use of a good saw to cut my tubing for the frame and the forkbase.
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3 drawers that measure 36 1/2" wide by 26" pull out by 3" deep
Top shelf (Socket storage area) is roughly 38 x 29 x 5 1/2
Top shelf area contains a locking mechanism at the back that locks and unlocks the 3 drawers.
Drop front cover that will keep dirt and rain out of the box.
Prefitted hinges with weather stripping in place along the top and front to insure the water really stays out.
Fork base and sub frame around the box is made from 1" square tubing of medium wall thickness.
Drawers are made heavy. They are made from 10 gauge material and weigh about 36 pounds apiece. I had access to sheets of 4x4 10 gauge for scrap price and I wanted something that would not bend or break under the wear and tear that it will see. They also have drains in them in case of water since we sometimes make repairs in the rain.
Drawer slide are rated at 200 pounds so I can still put over 160 pounds per drawer.
I had my 175 pound kid stand in the drawer while I opened it to full length to see if it would fail. It did not after many times of sliding in and out.
I then put right at a 100 pounds of steel plates in the drawer, put the box in the back of the truck and drove around for a day to see if the beating and banging would cause it to fail. It held fine.
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3 front shots


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Socket Storage depth


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View from rear (Drawers Locked)


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(Drawers Unlocked)


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weight test plates


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Outer skin and drop front hinge going on


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Forkbase being attached to box (you can see the locking lever at the back of the socket area)


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Final test fit with skin on the forkbase


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Couldnt resist a test fit


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Since the photos were taken I have added 2 hooped handles on the fork base. One on each end to aid in moving it around while in the truck and to use as a strapping point to secure it in the work truck.

Once its powder coated its getting a vinyl decal wrap. Not sure of the final design but its sure to be impressive according to my decal man.
All told I will have less than 650 bucks in it when done.

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Old 12-11-2011, 11:17 PM   #2
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When will you be accepting orders? Great Job!
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:24 PM   #3
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Very nice, looks bullet proof!
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:05 AM   #4
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Holy shit. You know what this is better than any Snap on box you could buy because you put your sweat and probably some blood and maybe even some tears into it. Awesome work man!

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Old 12-12-2011, 01:23 AM   #5
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Awesome box, look forward to seeing it in paint.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:27 AM   #6
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Great job. Please give us some more pics once it has been decaled and powder coated.

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Old 12-12-2011, 01:41 AM   #7
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Great job! Cant wait to see the finished product!
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:48 AM   #8
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:58 AM   #9
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Yeap, awesome !
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Old 12-12-2011, 05:02 AM   #10
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I'd like mine painted orange please. Nice work.
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Old 12-12-2011, 05:10 AM   #11
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Very impressive! That thing looks like it will survive a nuclear winter.
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Old 12-12-2011, 05:26 AM   #12
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Very nice work!
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:06 AM   #13
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I like it... I'll take mine in Extreme Green please...
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:57 AM   #14
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All I can say is WOW! My only comment is maybe the piano hinge might be a little light for the intended use, but other than that, It truly meets the definition of "Heavy Duty"!


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Can't wait for your next project!
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:58 AM   #17
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Old 12-12-2011, 11:56 AM   #18
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:03 PM   #19
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Very nice work!! I'm just curious how long it took to build, and what do you estimate the materials cost?
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Old 12-12-2011, 07:51 PM   #20
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GREAT WORK that is friggin amazing should be around for a long time its your new family heirloom.
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