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    • May 16, 2015 11:59 PM CDT
    • Customizing rolling tool box

      I'm so excited! After researching grooming boxes, rolling make-up boxes and tool boxes, I decided to replace my beat up tool box with the same style and customize it. It fit most of my equipment, including a high force dryer but my scissors and blades always ended up on the top tray and if the tool box tipsped over, there awere damages. Now, I have a styrofoam lined area with a leather cover for most of the blades, pouches for scissors and hemostats on the inside of the lid, and a piece of tile that I gorilla glued to the top tray for blade cooling. I haven't decided if I will cut down the old tray so I have another below the top tray. I need to balance the weight to reduce tipping over and limit how far open the lid will go, as extreme opening stresses the hinges. I used leather that I had cut from an old couch for the pouches and for the lid for the blades. Now I get to try to glue the pouches to the inside of the lid. I'm hoping this will be much easier to use, better for my equipment, and easier to clean.


      I'm thinking about putting a hinged hook under my tables at both ends to hook the lid handle to, to help prevent tipping over too.

    • May 17, 2015 7:52 AM CDT
    • Customizing rolling tool box

      I groom in 3 locations. I completely understand how difficult it can be to find the perfect set up for transporting and storing tools!!




      If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.

    • May 17, 2015 8:09 PM CDT
    • Customizing rolling tool box

      Argh! Lost the whole post trying to add pics. I'll figure out how to add pics later.

      The tool box is a Sketer 17330605 Mastercart. The bottom half fits my dryer and hose and 2 shortish shampoo bottles and ear rinse. The tray that sets in the bottom half holds bandanas. The top half holds 2 clipper comb attachments storage boxes, one with clipper combs, one with extra blades, one large Ever Gentle slicker brush, one pinking shears, a back-up Andis clipper with cord, 2 undercoat rakes, 2 shedding blades (large and medium), one terrier palm pad, one thick rubber curry brush and some smaller objects. The tray that fits in the top half holds on Andis clipper with the cord tucked under, in the hold of the upper half, two greyhound combs, 2 short bladed mat cutter combs, about 15 blades, 4 scissors of various sizes, and ear powder. Without customizing it, everything in the tray is loose and the handle of the tray allows items to fall into the lower hold.

      My dryer is a Metro Airforce Commander.

    • May 18, 2015 6:19 PM CDT
    • Customizing rolling tool box

      I almost forgot. The lid of the top half has two storage areas, one on either side of the handle. I put my toenail clippers, quick stop and business cards up there. Those all fit on one side. I had been putting my blades that needed sharpening in the other side, but I think their weight with the lid open contributed hugely to the tipping over problem. Now it is just empty....hmmm, I could store my premade bows there! It also has a removable small items holder in the front of the top half (top half is really versatile). I have my ribbons, some pretied bows, rubber bands, hemostat for putting the rubberbands around the bows, and a small pair of scissors for cutting the ribbons in there. When I get done glueing the leather pouches to the inside of the lid, I'll take and post more pics. the new box's compartments on the outside of the top half are clear. My tool box will be nicer looking with the ribbons showing and business cards showing through. Might even be able to attach my logo under one top lid and my pricing on the other. Hmmmm. 

    • May 18, 2015 9:20 PM CDT
    • Customizing rolling tool box

      This is the set-up in/on my new box. The little yellow tabs on the back, bottom half are supposed to be to coil an extension cord on, but it would have to be a short one.

    • May 18, 2015 9:34 PM CDT
    • Customizing rolling tool box

      This is top half. First pic, right from the factory, second with a piece of tile (terra cotta) glued to the tray, styrofoam piece cut from some package we got and blades set in. Third with leather that is going to be glued onto the tray along the edge near the hinge and have a long stainless steel skewer sewed into the edge at the center and a snap tab to secure it down to the tray's handle. Skewer and snap tab drawn in in light blue.

      The styrofoam was cut just a little bit larger than the tray space. There is a little ledge in the tray running parrallel to the tray handle. I cut the styrofoam to fit over that. the styrofoam cut-out that fit around what was shipped just happened to be thick enough to hold the blades close to the side of the tray. (Score!) I might cut into the bottom of the styrofoam so the blade edges can rest in mini-compartments and be more on edge. I'll wait and see how cool the Aesculaps run. I may not need that many blades up top. I think the multiple layers of leather will keep blades still and cushioned.

      The new tray layout didn't do as much as it looks like. I'm going to put aside stuff I just don't use.

    • May 18, 2015 9:52 PM CDT
    • Customizing rolling tool box

      Last pics. This is the pouch area for inside the lid. The first pic was messy, but shows how the leather is cut and tucks into the lid. Tucks will be glued along with the surfaces that touch the inside of the lid. I made the pattern by doing rubbings on paper of the inside of the lid. That gave me the shape of the surfaces and where I needed to cut into added edges so the edges could be tucked around the edges. I left the edges a little longer than I thought I'd need on the pattern (made out of an old paper grocery bag. I tucked the edges in gently with the handle end of a pair of scissors (the pinky rest came in very handy). When I thought it was all the way tucked in I mashed it with the handle end of the scissors, pulled the pattern out and cut off the crumpled area. Then I made a pattern of the lower half (runs all the way across) expanded it by three and made a new pattern with the bottom half three times larger. I folded the bottom half accordian style and sewed the tuck in edges, scissor pockets and added that flap looking thing just to hold the top of the fold together to keep hair out. There is a pocket with the opening under the hemostats and along the bottom half. I drew a pair of scissors to indicate it. Not ideal, but I rarely use those scissors.

      I tried Gorilla glue, even sanding the plastic, to attach the leather to the lid, but not a good hold. JB Weld, Plastic Weld works. If you need pics of pattern. I'll put that on. Probably would have been easier than explaining it...

    • May 18, 2015 10:06 PM CDT
    • Customizing rolling tool box

              If you do the pouch thing, be sure to leave the loops that you tuck scissors and hemostat in a little loose. I'm going to have to stretch the hemostat loop a bit to get them in and out easier.

              Also, I'll be drilling holes in the corner supports of the inside of the lid and inside the box to tie the lid to the box so it doesn't flop open and break the hinges or cause the cart to tip over.

              I aways have the cart at one end or the other of my tables, so I'm going to buy some bungee cords, and attach them to the undersides of my tables, both ends so I can hook the handle of the cart (I keep the lid open while I work). "Please" let that keep the whole cart from tipping over...


    • May 19, 2015 6:50 AM CDT
    • Customizing rolling tool box

      That is great!

      I have that same tool box. I may need to transfer my household tools to another and use that one for work!




      If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.

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