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    Custom Made sheet meal Tool Box Was it worth the time and effort?

    Custom Home Made Tool Box.
    This box is made from sheet metal .035, 1/2" square tubing for the frame,1/4 " ply veneer, 10 sets of sliders from e-bay, ten drawer handles from home depot, 3/8 rod with 1/4 " steel base's for the handles. riveted the drawers together, welded the tubing together. used some epoxy for the face boards. 3/4x 3/4 angle for top rail.
    The question that begs to be asked is how much did it cost compared to store bought ones?
    $130.00. you decide if its a good deal. the box is 12"wx12"hx43"L with 10 drawers. 40 hours labor.

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    As with a lot of homemade tool builds I've seen, I've found that cost comparisons are moot, specially when the final outcome is something as good-looking as this. Not having your skill level, I'd just settle for a store-bought one. If I had even half your skill, I'd build one myself, cost and time be damned.

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    You know it's true, you should get a award for the best ......... editor too......... along with Ken.:O.
    but Tks..:O)
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIYer View Post
    As with a lot of homemade tool builds I've seen, I've found that cost comparisons are moot, specially when the final outcome is something as good-looking as this. Not having your skill level, I'd just settle for a store-bought one. If I had even half your skill, I'd build one myself, cost and time be damned.
    Exactly so. For myself, I've always found that, if I enjoyed the build process and continue to take satisfaction from using the final product, I couldn't care less what I spent.

    Heck, when building airplanes, cars, motorcycles, etc., you pretty much have to value your time at $0/hr. or you'll drive yourself crazy. If I can recoup my actual expenses when it comes to selling time, I consider that I've done well, especially in consideration of the many intangibles. Anything extra is a bonus.

    My two cents…

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    Thanks Captainleeward! I've added your Sheetmetal Toolbox to our Toolboxes category, as well as to your builder page: Captainleeward's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:


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    Now that Ken has added his two cents it all makes sense now....:O)

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    What do I know?!? Only that I've got the most understanding wife in the world! Ask her - she'll tell you!

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    No question, it's a fantastic chest. Often the store bought ones don't have actual slides and just slot in a hole.
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    "Making and repairing things in a shed at the bottom of the garden"
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    Well sure it is a really nice job but why didn't you make the drawer handles instead of the boring store bought stuff I mean I'm just sayin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainleeward View Post
    Now that Ken has added his two cents it all makes sense now....:O)
    Hahaha. Made me laugh, cap'n.

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