Well we worked on the bike hauler again this week. We need a toolbox when we are at the track. We thought about all kinds of locations for it, but the one that was obvious, was up in front of the trailer. We decided to angle it for best space utilization. and access. The plan is to house the cooler under the toolbox
Jon bought these boxes at Sears for a (Scratch and Dent) price. They needed a little bit of TLC to get things squared up and working again, but it was well worth it. Jon welded the what would have been the mid box to the side of the bottom roller box, and painted them black. I thought that they would have looked better left red, but I have to agree with Jon that they look better black. The counter top was purchased from Menards (I think it was leftover or damaged).
Wood spacers were used on the bottom of the box, because there is a lip on the bottom. We wanted it to bolt down solidly and without damaging (bending it all up) it in the process.
We used 3/8″ plywood and 1/4″ carriage bolts to help fasten the counter top to the toolboxes. In case the counter ever needs to be replaced, we DIDN’T use nylock nuts. The plywood is the base that we are going to glue, yes “GLUE” the counter-top to.
When cutting a laminate counter-top, always use a fine tooth circular saw blade, and make sure to tape the cut on laminate side with a good quality masking tape before cutting. The masking tape helps to prevent the lamination from chipping when making the cut.
We glued the counter-top down using Liquid Nails Construction adhesive (the kind that maintains some flexibility). This stuff bonds and bonds extremely well.
Next up is the vise on the bench and Fuel jug racks.