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GeoTracker90 03-31-2008 01:54 AM

Sheet metal Truck tool boxes
In looking in to making some tool boxes out of 16 gauge sheet metal. Has anyone on this board done anything remotely similar? They will need to be dust and moisture resistant as much as possible.

Show me what you've done or tell me your suggestions.



zjrog 04-03-2008 12:04 AM

I'd sure like to see what others have done. I need a custom box for my Ranger project. I have access to a bending brake and shear.

Bonehead 04-03-2008 12:24 AM

I have built them with, and without the use of a brake. Without, I used 1 inch angle iron for the door openings. I used self adhesive foam weather seal to seal the doors, which were framed with 3/4 inch square tube. Most of these boxes were for big trucks, and some were as big as 10 feet long, and 30 by 30. I have also built steel angle iron frames, and rivited aluminum for skins. You can buy the lockable paddle latches as a bolt in or weld in version.

GeoTracker90 04-03-2008 01:56 AM

Any pictures of your handy work?

Bonehead 04-03-2008 09:13 AM

Sorry, I never bothered taking pictures of toolboxes. They are long gone now.

dabeldesign 04-03-2008 02:01 PM

Here's my long unfinished rig. The only thing i finished (almost) is the toolbox. I since added a mount for gas cylinders but all you care about is the toolbox. Hope that helps


Captainfab 04-03-2008 04:51 PM

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Here are pics of a couple I did a couple of years ago. IIRC I made them out of 12ga. I typically make mine so that there is a lip on the front of the box that is at a 90* to the door. This is where I put the seal which snaps onto that edge and has a hollow tube that compresses when the door is closed....Kinda hard to explain. I might be able to draw up something if you like. I buy my hardware and the seal from these guys.

Let me know if I can help further :):

GeoTracker90 04-06-2008 02:47 AM

Thanks for the responses guys. Captainfab, the boxes that you show are pretty much just like what I need to build. If you don't mind I'll take you up on you offer for a drawing.

Also, thanks for the link to Austin Hardware. I had one of their catalogs at one time untill it mysteriously disappeared. Guess I'll have to send for another one.


Josh88Ford 04-06-2008 03:59 PM

My work has a bunch of 1/4" alum. diamondplate drop about 8 foot long. I was thinking I could easily do a toolbox by laser cutting the corners and bending up all 4 sides. then use aluminum angle on all the seams and either fill the outside of the seams or tig them.

i'd use at least 10 ga. It would not only be eaiser to get a clean weld, but you wouldnt need as much bracing. Again, you could cut the corners and have them bent up, weld the seams and make a top the same way.

If your going for a traditional look where it sits ontop of the bed, draw up what you want with dimensions. I work at an industrial fab shop and from time to time we make duct work for grain. they are all cut on the plasma table, bent, tacked together and welded. For instance, at Y peice had 5 peices. The front, back 2 sides and bottom. So for a tool box, you could have the front and back peice flat, the bottom bent to match the profile of the front and back. Its quite simple. Its nice to have acess to a CNC cutter and CNC brake press too so everythings cut right

Captainfab 04-10-2008 04:31 PM

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Sorry I didn't get back sooner...just kept forgetting about this. Anyway here is a crude drawing....I'm not skilled in AutoCad :shaking: This is a cutaway end view. The red areas are where the gasket or seal goes.

GeoTracker90 04-18-2008 12:29 AM

Hey guys, thanks for the responses. On monday my box/pan brake will be delivered. I'll have a new toy for the shop. I can't wait. First project with the brake will be a shelf to hang on the cubicle divider at work. A little practice and then I'll be working on the boxes.


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