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TOOL CHEST

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The above two pictures show the front and back of a toolchest I built to put in the cab of my carhauler. In the back (right) view, a steering wheel desk can be seen hanging in it's rack. This is simply a piece of hardboard and a curved bracket that sits on the steering wheel to enable paper work to be done.

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In these two pictures you can see that there is a 6" deep well under the top tray which is hinged for access to the well. This area is for holding map books and all my licensing for the truck. In the picture on the right can be seen the three drawers and the bottom storage area. These are for tools and storage of miscelaneous small repair parts that are needed in the everyday operation of a big rig! The drawers and hinged front for the storage are held closed by a unique lock that will be shown in pictures below.

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The view on the left shows the top well with the tray raised. The black area on the left side of the chest is sheet metal for magnetic clips that will hold paper work for the current load being transported. On the right the tray is lowered and has a cup holder in place for those early morning coffee's that start the day.

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These two pictures show the locking mechanism, which simply a rod that goes down through holes that are lined up in the all the front pieces. This rod is hidden and held in place by the tray when it is lowered in place.

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The materials used in the construction are for the main carcass--3/4" fir plywood, for the fronts--3/4" whitewood(poplar) and for the top tray--3/4" birch plywood framed by whitewood. The inside of the top well and lower storage area has been painted a battleship grey while all other surfaces are done with clear polyurethane.

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