first off - last trout trip of the season was with sweet sandy and her dad! nice morning sky!!!
the water was still as could be!!
after stephen and i saw those huge ripples, i thought we would try some larger lures...
and of course heavier tackle - i have 5 spinning rods and reels - this is the heaviest rig... rod good up to 20 lb test line.. this reel is currently spooled with 12 lb test..
light on the left, heavy on the right - off we go!!
alas - no big ripples today - just glass ;-))
and our bald eagle - normally we can't get this close!!
here is a better view:
like i said....glass - a beautiful morning!!!
sandy's dad bagged this 12 incher!!!!
stunning day upstream!!!
on our way back - we had a blast!
the day's catch, promptly seized by the trout tax-man... pioneer preppy!
back to work... here is the tool pail i have been using - it works and keep stuff in one place, but it is a bit small and stuffy:
i have always wanted an old-fashioned wood toolbox.. i had some 3/4 " plywood scraps and the wood handle from a broken plastic snow shovel... so i cut the plywood up...
got some re-enforcing scraps.. here is 1x2 for the bottom which will take the most weight... and glue... gorilla wood glue..
here i have clamped the 1x2 on the bottom of one of the side and screwed it in
the ends need re-enforcement for the handle too.... sections of 1x3:
here the re-enforcement sections in place and a 1 1/2" Irwin speed bore bit to drill holes for the handle...
EPIC FAIL!!! the speedbore demolished the 1x3 !!!!!!
solution??? drill holes in the 1x3 first - THEN cut the sections!!!
just to be safe, drill pilot holes too!
okay back to the construction... the best way to line up the holes is to use the handle ;-) glue and scew!
and the other side goes on, followed by the middle divider and 1x2s for the end re-enforcement...
now we are ready for the bottom. the bottom covers everything in the above picture... LOTS of glue and the 1x2s get additional screws and will prevent shear forces from ripping the bottom off!
done like dinner - a truck of a tool box... and yes, heavy as sin!!
basement door hack...
which i screwed to the inside of the new toolbox..
taped a couple with gorilla tape for pens/pencils...
and added some smaller ones for smaller tools - voila!!!
oh yeah - to keep the handle from sliding out - a small screw on both ends does the trick!!!
(almost) finished product - i am going to put a narrow shelf on the side opposite the pvc tubes - yes this is HEAVY, but it is really more of a mobile workbench that a toolbox - once i take it somewhere - it gets plunked down - it will be easier to get what i need from this than from the bucket, after only 3 hours effort, i am pleased - this will work out just fine!!!!
sky on fire the other night....