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post #1 of 7 Old 01-03-2011, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
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Power tool storage

Having not been able to find a storage system for my power tools on the Market I am now in the process of building one where the boxes will slide into a universal rack that can be locked in my van or remove selected cases and put in a mobile rack for on jobs. I am doing this by putting rebates every 4" on the inside of the racks and rails on the sides of the draws that slide into them meaning boxes can be swopped around and different heights and depths used, they only have to be the same width.
Has anyone built something similar that could input potential problems or benefits?
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-03-2011, 08:36 AM
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Hey there Mark.

I have built something that may be similar to what you describe. It was based on a system that is made of molded plastic but at the time it was too much money for me so I just built one.

I measured the base of the biggest bench top tool that I wanted to use in the system and that gave me the measurement of the base plates. These plates were crafted out of 3/4" MDF.

The Roll around cart has a square cut out that matches the plates. Below it contains an old shop vac and the hose comes out and up to connect to the machine.

On the side of the machine I wired in a duplex outlet with a light switch. There is a long piece of old extension cord that had been cut at some point.

The beauty of this sytem is the shop vac switch stays on. The tool switch is also on. When you hit the light switch it turns the vac and the tool on and off at the same time.

To store the tools you just pull them and put them on a shelf. I already had a heavy duty shelf system so it worked well.

The cart also has a blank plate for just using as a mobile work bench. It's on casters and easy to move around. I will try to find some pictures of this if you like as it's buried in my garage til the shop gets dried in.

Hope this helps you.

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Sounds cool you have got me thinking. Might make it so I can always leave the bottom empty and push a Henry Hoover in.
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I know a picture would really help.....lemme see what I can do.
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Ok, It took me long enough but I moved some stuff out of the garage that was stacked to the rafters. Took a couple shots. I have since removed the Vac and used it for a bath remodel but you will get the idea. There is a pic of the benchtop tools I made a "plate" for to be able to use them. You can see the switch that powers the two plugs and it also supplies power to the vac at the same time. Turns both off as well. Anyway, hope this helps you.
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Hey that's a pretty slick idea Scott!
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Ok, It took me long enough but I moved some stuff out of the garage that was stacked to the rafters. Took a couple shots. I have since removed the Vac and used it for a bath remodel but you will get the idea. There is a pic of the benchtop tools I made a "plate" for to be able to use them. You can see the switch that powers the two plugs and it also supplies power to the vac at the same time. Turns both off as well. Anyway, hope this helps you.
That's a good idea, I will certainly look at building some of your ideas into my mobile site box.
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