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    Jan 18, 2010, 2:38 PM - Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #1

    Hello There,
    I think I found my first project: Adam's Toolbox.

    So far, I have found the following pics:

    http://curbly_uploads_production.s3....lbox_large.jpg

    The box itself looks like riveted alluminium. I can pull that off no problem, but the handles and latches are unknown thus far (latch visible on the left).

    The handle, which must come from a leather briefcase, is visible in this other shot:

    http://www.maclife.com/files/u20/toolbox-web_0.jpg

    The part that's a real killer is the double-scissor jack base - I am having serious trouble finding any double-scissor jack that small, and it does not look like Adam fabricated that bit.

    I of course would love to get tips from Adam himself, but assuming he is too busy mythbusting for that, I hope others among you have tips.

    And remember... new member! What may be obvious propmaking or procurement to you, is not necessarily to me.
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    Jan 18, 2010, 2:46 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #2

    Looks like the alluminium boxes had leather predecessors: from Adam's site:

    http://www.adamsavage.com/images/pix/OldBoxesOpen.jpg

    and a small shot of the rebuilt ones:

    http://www.adamsavage.com/images/pix/toolboxes.jpg

    he writes:
    "Ahh, my toolboxes. Obsessed with working quickly, I've spent
    years designing toolboxes with what I call 'First Order Retrievability'.
    That is, that nothing need be moved out of the way to get to anything
    else. Above is version 2.0. The Scissor lifts are so that, when seated,
    I needn't lean over too far to get to the tool I need.


    With 60 some-odd pounds of tools, the old leather of 2.0 eventually failed. I
    Rebuild them completely from aluminum sheet. Version 3.0. Working all day and all night, they were completed in 24 hours. But after 600 rivets, I found my hand unable to hold a pencil the next morning."


    I am glad I have a hydraulic riveter But the scissor jack quest continues!
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    Jan 18, 2010, 2:50 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #3

    Good luck with that one.

    Cant wait to see what you come up with.

    Also: I dont know if they still sell them, but when i worked at Harbor Freight Tools, we sold some smaller sized double scissor lifts.

    Sorry, cant remember the item number or price.
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    Jan 18, 2010, 2:53 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #4

    Someone else has been working on this:

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/125/3...1f61ba0c58.jpg

    notice how the hinges are on the wrong side, and the centerline is different - otherwise, not bad!

    More shots:

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/129/3...52c83dce73.jpg
    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/139/3...a36c279deb.jpg
  5. protokev DMD is offline protokev DMD
    Jan 18, 2010, 2:56 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #5

    Adam posted about this once and if i remember correctly the scissor jack was indeed fabricated as well
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    Jan 18, 2010, 2:58 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #6

    Zander said: View Post
    Good luck with that one.

    Cant wait to see what you come up with.

    Also: I dont know if they still sell them, but when i worked at Harbor Freight Tools, we sold some smaller sized double scissor lifts.

    Sorry, cant remember the item number or price.
    Thanks for the tip Zander! I will try to see if I can find something on their catalog.
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    Jan 18, 2010, 3:01 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #7

    protokev said: View Post
    Adam posted about this once and if i remember correctly the scissor jack was indeed fabricated as well
    If that can be confirmer, he is a pretty damn good fabricator... those scissors look spot-on parallel!
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    Jan 18, 2010, 3:02 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #8

    I started a thread very similar a while back, and Adam contributed! Not sure where it went (yep, I searched), if anyone can find it I'd be very grateful.
    My own isn't really started yet, materials being difficult to source. I can get sheet steel but not aluminium. But I've sourced the clasps, the base is taken care of, some aluminium edging's been purchased and I've made a pattern.
    Time, materials, available space and noise, the four apocalyptic horsemen dooming any working person's projects in rented accommodation. Maybe when I move out of here things can make some progress.

    EDIT:
    The thread's definitely expired (the link goes nowhere), but here's what I was sent:

    I hand built those scissor lifts. They were a combination Aluminum square tube and angle iron. The upright struts were originally hardware store aluminum c-channel, but that stuff is too soft. Eventually, I had a bunch of 1" thickwall (1/8") square tube, which I table sawed into c-channel. I used 10-32 all thread with nylock nuts and R&S brass as spacers for the pivots.
    If you point me to the thread, I can post some pix. I didn't know it was happening.


    So if you drop him a PM via here, you might get a repost of some of the images from the thread.
    Last edited by Wayne R.; Jan 18, 2010 at 3:17 PM.
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    Jan 18, 2010, 3:55 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #9

    Here you go kids:

    The main body of the bags is done in .040 6061 plate. All the angle iron from the toolboxes themselves is hardware store stock (the really soft stuff).
    Rivets were all 1/8" steel rivets. I made both toolboxes in a single night. With a hand-riveter. Couldn't hold a pencil the next day because my hand was so sore. But it was worth it for the look on my co-worker's faces.
    I'll post some pix soon


    Wayne R. said: View Post
    I started a thread very similar a while back, and Adam contributed! Not sure where it went (yep, I searched), if anyone can find it I'd be very grateful.
    My own isn't really started yet, materials being difficult to source. I can get sheet steel but not aluminium. But I've sourced the clasps, the base is taken care of, some aluminium edging's been purchased and I've made a pattern.
    Time, materials, available space and noise, the four apocalyptic horsemen dooming any working person's projects in rented accommodation. Maybe when I move out of here things can make some progress.

    EDIT:
    The thread's definitely expired (the link goes nowhere), but here's what I was sent:

    I hand built those scissor lifts. They were a combination Aluminum square tube and angle iron. The upright struts were originally hardware store aluminum c-channel, but that stuff is too soft. Eventually, I had a bunch of 1" thickwall (1/8") square tube, which I table sawed into c-channel. I used 10-32 all thread with nylock nuts and R&S brass as spacers for the pivots.
    If you point me to the thread, I can post some pix. I didn't know it was happening.


    So if you drop him a PM via here, you might get a repost of some of the images from the thread.
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    Jan 18, 2010, 4:15 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #10

    Here's some pix. Sorry if there are doubles.
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    Jan 18, 2010, 4:16 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #11

    Now that ^ is cool GREAT pics!
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    Jan 18, 2010, 4:22 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #12

    Very Cool Adam, Thanks for the photos.
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    Jan 18, 2010, 6:42 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #13

    They are pretty cool. I am wondering though. What holds the scissors in the 'up' position?
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    Jan 18, 2010, 6:53 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #14

    asavage said: View Post
    Here's some pix. Sorry if there are doubles.
    Thanks Adam! And congrats on your scissor-lift fabrication skills
  15. propologist is offline propologist
    Jan 18, 2010, 6:55 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #15

    That looks like it came out of wattos shop. Very Cool indeed , now you can add a cup holder to it and have everything
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    Jan 18, 2010, 7:08 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #16

    propologist said: View Post
    That looks like it came out of wattos shop. Very Cool indeed , now you can add a cup holder to it and have everything
    Well, the truly neat extension would be to make the toolboxen track bluetooth on Adam's cellphone, and have them follow him around
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    Jan 18, 2010, 7:08 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #17

    If you don't have the skill or tools to make the scissor lift you can get a mower lift.



    I used one for several years. It was hooked to my air supply and raised with a foot pedal. There was a safety bar to hold it in the raised position. With the table off, it looks a lot like Adams rig.
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    Jan 18, 2010, 7:09 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #18

    Those are the kick-assingest toolboxes I've ever seen! Awesome, and exactly what I'd expect of the most recognizable prop replicator geek in the world!
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    Jan 18, 2010, 7:56 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #19

    That's a cool Tool Box.

    It looks like the lifts have some sort of latch. Perhaps unlocked with the little pedal?

    I can't imagine setting even 100 steel rivets, let alone 600 It makes my forearm cramp just thinking about it.
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    Jan 18, 2010, 7:58 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #20

    Had some time on my hands, did some dimensioning using the "into" shot #2 and the show with the two boxes in parallel.

    Units: altoid mint tins
    length: 3.681 Altoid lengths (Al)
    width: 2.066 Al

    height, rectangular section: .336 of length
    height, rounded section: .444 of length

    Now, I need to get back home and measure a tin - I am pretty sure the measures will round to some sensible number in the proximity of these
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    Jan 18, 2010, 8:07 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #21

    That looks amazing. Good luck with the project. Great pics of your tool box Adam, they should hopefully help to make it easier to construct.
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    Jan 18, 2010, 8:24 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #22

    the extended lift is 1.112 lengths, giving:


    Units: altoid mint tins
    length: 3.681 Altoid lengths (Al)
    width: 2.066 Al

    Units: rectangular section lengths
    height, rectangular section: .336 lengths
    height, rounded section: .444 lengths (excluding handles)
    height, extended lift: 1.112 lengths (excluding wheels)
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    Jan 18, 2010, 9:46 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #23

    I just got a chance to look at Adams pics. The scissor lift I posted is way to big(I was thinking about my boxes which require a forklift to pick up)

    The latch looks like it is the plate at the base. It has a ramp and lip to hold the sliding lower cross bar and you release it with the foot tab that sticks out. You can see them pretty clearly in the foreground box of the pic below, on the left side.


    There is probably a spring to hold the lock in the up position. Lift the box up and the bar slides over the ramp, catching on the backside of the ramp as you relax your lift. When you want to lower it you lift the box and push the release down with your foot, then lower the box. Clever.
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    Jan 18, 2010, 9:59 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #24

    Coolness.
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    Jan 18, 2010, 11:12 PM - Re: Adam Savage's Mythbusters Toolbox #25

    Might work and save your back on the lifting up and down. Not sure what its actual size is.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=94822


    This one caught my eye too as an idea to reverse engineer, then just power the crank with your cordless drill that could be stashed in the toolbox.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=39178

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