One last design consideration is how the box will fit around other tools and storage containers when loaded for transportation (see the photos above). You may have to size larger boxes to fit a specific truck bed, and you'll want to size any site box to fit through standard doorways (I never make a site box more than 28 in. wide.) As I will explain in the next chapter, totes designed to be carried by one hand must be of a certain size and shape or they can be difficult and uncomfortable to carry. And because of the rugged nature of many job sites, I design my site boxes with a relatively low (and thus stable) profile.
Louis Plourd of Edmonton. Alberta. Canada, covers his site boxes with custom-fitted tarps for transporting in his open-bed pickup. Photo by Forfar Products.
To make efficient use of the limited space in the bed of his pickup truck, carpenter and magazine editor Kevin Ireton. of New Milford. Conn., sized his tool totes to fit around other metal tool boxes. Because all the boxes fit on a sheet of plywood placed between the wheel wells. Ireton can slide the entire lot forward and behind the swing-down lid. creating a secure enclosure and providing room to carry materials. Photos by Kevin Ireton.
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