Toolbox woes!!

Submitted: Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 19:46
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I am building a storage system for our GU. It is similar to Melissa's, seen on this forum a few days ago, ie. 2-3 draws on one side and fridge on other.
My initial plan was to build it so it only goes about 80% of the way across, then make a shelf on top of the wheel arch to store the toolbox on, ( which measures 26cm wide, 23cm high & 54cm long and is quite heavy) as I am trying to keep the weight down low, now I'm thinking that this is a lot of space wasted on the storage system for a toolbox.
Another idea was to build the system full size and split the tools into 2 smaller boxes and store in one of the draws, but this takes up a lot of draw space.

I am hoping to get some ideas on what others have done with their toolbox or tools that have a storage system in the rear and don't tow a c/t.

Any ideas much appreciated, thank you.

Avagoodn
Pezza

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Reply By: BenSpoon - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 20:25

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 20:25
I've relocated tools to a long canvas bag and make use of the empty space between the drawers and the back of the back seats. Its a pain moving the tools from the box to the bag, but the only place I could find whilst still keeping them easily accessible.
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Follow Up By: Pezza - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 21:16

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 21:16
Thanks for your idea Ben, but unfortunately my draws will be too high to clamber over and I can't access the area behind the rear seat as I have a cargo barrier installed, which, by the way also saves me from getting smacked in the back of the head by 9kg fire extinguishers! LOL.

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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 20:47

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 20:47
I discarded the toolbox(too bulky) and now carry my tools in an ordinary travel bag. The tools can find their own space in whichever nook and cranny I feel like putting them in. At present they are behind the drivers seat
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 21:27

Monday, Apr 04, 2005 at 21:27
"An the wrench is connected to the
Spann er
An the spann ers connected to the
Screw driver
An the screw drivers connected to the
Wrench handle
An they all go
Round an round "

Sorry, couldn't resist.

:))

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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 10:57

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 10:57
No, don't recall that song LOL Who sang it. Was it Mr Socks and the footloose band? LOL(again)

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Follow Up By: Footloose - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 12:49

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 12:49
Might of been Ted Stingray and the Toolbox Gang :))
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Follow Up By: Pezza - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 18:19

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 18:19
Thanks Willem,

Like the idea of a canvas bag but not behind the drivers seat, sort of defeats the purpose of a cargo barrier.
Which one of you two was the lead singer of the CD mentioned above?
Might have to get me a copy!

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Pezza
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 19:21

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 19:21
The ladies tell me Willem has all the talent *wink wink*

:))
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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 00:04

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 00:04
Hi Pezza,

I had a bit of a chuckle when I read your post because of what we spent a couple of hours doing over the weekend. As you'd know from my post about our storage unit, we decided the drawer space should be allocated to regularly used items. Those items used only sometimes are stored in the side compartments and this includes our tools. Problem was that our tool kit was very bulky and so heavy that I could hardly lift it. So on the weekend, we bought a cheap, smallish tool bag to complement the existing bag and after first discarding those tools we deemed superfluous, we split the tool kit into the two bags. These smaller tool bags are much more managable and now fit very well into one of the side compartments. The other good thing about using bags instead of a metal or plastic tool box is that the bags mould themselves into any nook and cranny (just as Willem stated above).

:o) Melissa
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Follow Up By: Pezza - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 18:41

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 18:41
G'day Melissa,

I have already done the superfluous tools bit a while ago, am going to go full width on the unit and like your idea with 2 or 3 smaller canvas bags down the side.
You have no idea how glad I was to see your storage system details come up when they did, I was about to buy the 19mm steel square tubing to start building mine when I saw your alloy setup, much better idea, was afraid the welded steel one might crack with the twisting of the body, also much lighter.
Went to ulrich metals yesterday to suss it out, cheap too!
Thanks for putting it all on the forum. Your husband is a very handy person and the two of you did a great job, if mine turns out half as good I'll be happy!
Think I better go..... have a storage unit to build!

Avagoodn
Pezza
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Follow Up By: Member - Melissa - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 22:52

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 22:52
Glad to have been of help. That's the great thing about this forum. I heard about the Qubelock from someone else, you heard about from me and no doubt someone will eventually hear about from you...Good luck with it.

:o) Melissa
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Reply By: Wok - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 07:39

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 07:39
I fitted my tools in a gal tray which slides underneath the fridge. The fridge sat on 2 x 50mm square tube & the tray fitted between the tubes...just need to have the space available to take the extra height.
The tools could slide out independant of fridge : downside is the extra weight on the fridge slider. If you are building from scratch you could use the tray concept in a different location.

cheers
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Follow Up By: Pezza - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 18:51

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2005 at 18:51
Great idea Wok, thanks for taking the time.

We are getting a 60Lt weaco which is already fairly high, I don't think I'll have the space under it, don't want to make it any higher as the top shelf of the storage system will be too high. If I had a lower fridge it would definately have been an option though.

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Pezza
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