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    Re: Garage modification

    Quote Originally Posted by VPT View Post
    Hows the shop look now days?
    Still haven't done the siding, hopefully pretty soon here. Lots more stuff inside to make mobility more difficult, lol. Most everything else such as air lines, lighting and such is complete. Lathe is set in place, leveled and electrical all complete. Need to build some shelves and tooling organization over the lathe yet. I would like to pour a concrete apron in front of the shop, but who knows when that will ever happen. All in all it works really well but of course more room would always be appreciated.

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    Re: Garage modification

    Built this rack and top for a HF 26" box the other day.Name:  IMG_20180814_194615664_LL.jpg
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    Re: Garage modification

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    Re: Garage modification

    I was pretty impressed with the quality of the HF 26" box at the price, 229$ with coupon. Decided to tear out my old workbench and upgrade it. I used 2.5"x2.5" square tube with a 1/4" wall and 1O gauge for the top. It is 10'6" x 28" that attaches to an existing bench to form an L shape. I attached it to the wall and anchored the legs to the floor. I also added some plates under the top sheet metal so I can tap holes for things like the vise, arbor press and bench shear.Name:  IMG_20180820_194102634_LL.jpg
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    Re: Garage modification

    Bench slid in place with legs under itName:  IMG_20180824_204539092_LL.jpg
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    Legs all in place and painted with charcoal gray.Name:  IMG_20180828_193220728.jpg
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    Re: Garage modification

    The main reason for reworking the bench. I didn't use the casters as they would have been too tall to fit under the frame. I used pieces of 2.5" square tubing to make the risers and bolted them to existing caster mount holes. I bolted the boxes together , then used some angle to lock them in on the backside of the legs. Not sure what I will do with the open area at this time, but a 44" HF box will fit the opening with about a half inch clearance. I need to add a 6" or so backsplash and mount the vise and other things.Name:  IMG_20180902_183539624.jpg
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    Boxes in place and mounted.Name:  IMG_20180902_194322000.jpg
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    Re: Garage modification

    That rack and heavy top modification is super nice
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    Re: Garage modification

    Nothing wiser then getting organized. Sadly it should be one of the first projects on the list but usually doesn't work that way. I see that fancy Starrett auto punch setting there. It's definitely worth the $$.
    Those HF boxes are nice for the money. I bought mine years ago when they had that texture type finish. I definitely got my money's worth. I'm glad I bought enough first time around.
    Adding that 44" may require buying more goodies to fill it.

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    Re: Garage modification

    Very nice Mike! I have been surprised by some of the HF boxes as well! I have one as my mill tool cart.
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    Re: Garage modification

    Quote Originally Posted by BD1 View Post
    Nothing wiser then getting organized. Sadly it should be one of the first projects on the list but usually doesn't work that way. I see that fancy Starrett auto punch setting there. It's definitely worth the $$.
    Those HF boxes are nice for the money. I bought mine years ago when they had that texture type finish. I definitely got my money's worth. I'm glad I bought enough first time around.
    Adding that 44" may require buying more goodies to fill it.
    After using that punch it's pretty hard to use anything else. I'm not much of a harbor freight fan , but it's hard to beat the value given by the us general boxes. The new series are nice with the extra 4" of depth, unfortunately the price went up about 20-25 percent. I could probably spend 2 solid weeks on organization and still have more to do. Another project involves those plastic storage cases but that may involve some woodworking due to ease of construction. At this point I have more plastic cases piled up than the local store has in stock.
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    Re: Garage modification

    Quote Originally Posted by VPT View Post
    Very nice Mike! I have been surprised by some of the HF boxes as well! I have one as my mill tool cart.
    Thanks, after having a mountain of stuff on my plasma cutter cart, I had to do something. The blue cart let's me keep most of the things I frequently use when welding , cutting or laying out things in one location. I use one of the HF 5 drawer service carts to keep a lot of the things for the lathe in one location. Did you do anything for drawer dividers for storing a lot of the small parts used with a mill?
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    Re: Garage modification

    Quote Originally Posted by M J D View Post
    Thanks, after having a mountain of stuff on my plasma cutter cart, I had to do something. The blue cart let's me keep most of the things I frequently use when welding , cutting or laying out things in one location. I use one of the HF 5 drawer service carts to keep a lot of the things for the lathe in one location. Did you do anything for drawer dividers for storing a lot of the small parts used with a mill?
    The tool cart I got has half sized drawers which have worked well so far with the tooling I have. In the future I may have to expand or reorganize but it is working fine how it is now.
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    Re: Garage modification

    Quote Originally Posted by VPT View Post
    The tool cart I got has half sized drawers which have worked well so far with the tooling I have. In the future I may have to expand or reorganize but it is working fine how it is now.
    It's amazing the amount of tooling that one aquires over time. Of course no matter how much you have, the situation always pops up where something different is needed. When tapping the bench top today I found out just how useless a dull 5/8-11 tap can be.
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    It is amazing! I've gotten to the point that I forget about stuff I have. I will do some job, then later while looking for something else I will come across a tool that would have been perfect for the job I just did but I forgot all about having it. Then I will move said tool to a new place so I hopefully won't forget about it next time.

    Then there are tools that I just have to have, I get, then never use. Like the small heat treat oven I have. Its neat, I wanted one, got one, never ever used it for anything. But I know if I get rid of it I'll need it for something.
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    Re: Garage modification

    Added another box under my workbench. Harbor freight had the 44" box on sale for 429$ this weekend, cheapest price in a long time. Had about 1/4" of wiggle room on the sides to get it in the opening. Had to raise it 3-1/4" to match the other boxes. Could have went up another 1/4", but close enough for my needs. Name:  IMG_20190817_215047262.jpg
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    Re: Garage modification

    That really looks nice, tons of tool storage there. The quality of those HF carts is really surprising, and even with the price increases (which suck!!!) they're still a great value.

    Are you a fan of the latches (to open) when the boxes are fixed like that or do you take them off? Mine is "mobile" but even so I've thought of removing them before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowBlues View Post
    That really looks nice, tons of tool storage there. The quality of those HF carts is really surprising, and even with the price increases (which suck!!!) they're still a great value.

    Are you a fan of the latches (to open) when the boxes are fixed like that or do you take them off? Mine is "mobile" but even so I've thought of removing them before.
    Not really sure what you mean. The 5 drawer carts have a latch you must slide on each drawer to open. On the cabinets they have a "hard" detent around the last inch of closing the drawers. I heard that there can be multiple variants of the cabinets, possibly different factories, so anything is possible. I'm really happy with the setup as it gives me lots of heavy duty drawer space to contain the almost endless amount of items that I have accumulated over the years. If I was to do it over, I probably would have utilized the larger 56" or 72" boxes. If I had I bigger shop I would build a rolling table with 2 72" boxes back to back and then a 44" box on each end making a 4' x 10' rolling table.
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    That's nice Mike. Never enough storage and it beats leaving everything scattered all over. That is, IF you can take time to put away away. I'm getting better at it but it seems as soon as I put it in drawer I gotta take it out again.
    My HF boxes are the older matt finish ones. Greater deal back then because you could use the 20% off coupons. I only bought two bottoms, two sides, and one top box. They are still a great value for the $$$$ .
    You should be getting pretty well set now and you'll definitely enjoy the storage.

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    Re: Garage modification

    Just saw this thread, man this is awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar View Post
    Just saw this thread, man this is awesome!
    Thanks. It's been a lot of work, still is. Trying to balance the time vs money part has always been the biggest challenge. This last box will help me organize hardware and lots of the smaller pieces of material like nylon, brass, aluminum and other pieces of rounds and flats that I use for machining.
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