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Finished this up yesterday, but wanted to get some pics before it's installed. The box is 0.190" 6061-0. The hinges are 1" X 1/4" tube and 1/2" rod, both 6061-T6. The appearance is funky because the sheet was salvaged from a scrap yard and had gotten significant wear and corrosion in its previous life. But it was cheap, like me. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

It's obviously not air-tight, but should be rain-proof and nearly pressure washer-proof. Capacity is about 1.5 cubic feet. Once it's installed I'll figure out where to put the lock and cup holders.



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Did you put a drain in the bottom??

Just add ice, gin, vermouth etc.... Great little mini bar ya got there. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Actually, I plan to put a boat drain in the bottom. But since I don't have a drain plug handy, I don't know what size is appropriate. I intend to make the console easily removable, so adding that later will be easy.

I also plan to make a styrofoam liner so the ice won't melt so fast. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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Some U-channel rubber gasket around the top edge would make it as water tight as the Tuffy's.

Looks like you've been practicing your welds. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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For the second time today....my hats off to you man. nice console, I'm building a fiberglass one I'll post the pictures when its done [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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No, I can just do better when the weld is out in the open. If I can see the puddle and get the torch and filler to it at the same time, I can do pretty well.

The fit is too tight to allow for a gasket. I would have to grind the top down some. Water entry doesn't concern me, but if the lids rattle I'll make flat rubber gaskets and glue them to the lids. There is not enough room between the side of the box and the drop-down part of the lid for a U-channel.
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looks like awesome work as usualy Jim!

for a gasket, i saw some sticky backed foam at the store a while back...similar to what i have on an ammo can of mine....just an idea

but yea, looks great, i'll look forward to seeing it in all its stainless splendor on the trail soon
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6061 aluminum.
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oh.yea...oops....missed that the first time, too busy looking at the pictures to read...

do i ever really read posts though [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Looks good Jim. I have thought about adding some of those to my product list. Both Flat aluminum and diamond plate.
Are you or did you weld the pin in on one side so it can't be removed?


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