Home-made tool box from recycled materials
Actually, it was the other way around. I had the toolbox idea first. I built the brake and spotwelder because I thought they could help build the toolbox. And they did.
I gave myself a challenge on this project, to make the entire toolbox from reused and recycled materials. Not because I'm a cheap
bas bargain hunter (I blame my dad's thrifty Scottish upbringing... Hi Dad!), but because I'm really one of those eco-hipster tree huggers who wants to save my wallet the planet.
Design and Construction
It has a hinged lid on the top, and four sliding drawers. Each drawer has four roller bearings: two on the front of the frame, and two on the back of the drawer. Each drawer is 2.5 inches high (65mm).
All the materials in this toolbox were recycled, salvaged from other items.
|Frame||Bed frame angle iron (Yes, I know it's actually steel)|
|Drawer body sheet metal||Refrigerator door skin|
|Drawer front face||PC case|
|Drawer roller bearings||Hard drive disk spindles|
|Sides and lid||PC case|
|Hinge pin wire||Bicycle spokes|
|Screws||Salvaged from other old disassembled stuff|
|Paint||Recycled oil (alkyd) paint from Habitat ReStore|
|Handle brackets||Aluminum from melted-down hard drive bodies and broken car wheels|
|Handles||Steel rod from baby stroller handle|
I painted it with recycled oil paint from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. I've done this on several of my tool projects and it's been great.
Alright, I have a confession to make. There were some things I had to purchase new. There are a few pop rivets holding part of the drawer slides together. That was before I finished the spot welder. Yeah, I'd like to see somebody figure out how to re-use pop rivets. Does that count? Yeah, I didn't think so.
And I had to buy new welding rod. So there.
It may not be the most accurate, well-aligned toolbox in the world, but I had fun making it, and it is very satisfying to know it is one-of-a-kind. And free. I mean unique. Mostly.