Storage Walls on the Sides of the

Most of the dual-purpose totes are stored on shelving installed on the driver's side of the van. All the totes but one arc secured with a loop of bungee cord running between an eye in the van's wall and around a cleat mounted beneath the floor of the tote. Hillenburg installed a second cleat opposite the first on the underside of the tote. This gives him a tie-down point for the bungee cord no matter which way the tote faces when set onto its storage shelf. Another neat trick for the sake of efficiency—you don't have to check the orientation of the tote each time you go to stow it.

— Miscellaneous tool and supply tote (nail aprons, hammers, caulking guns, glue, small pipe clamp)

ELEVATION stop block (holds stand in place) —

Electric drills

Cordless-drill tote

Sanding tote/stepstool (palm sander. belt sander and half- Lad(Jef has been sheet sander) cut to 45V, in. — Miter boxes sit here, held in place with _ 17jn_

spring catch.

L- Closet-pole socket storage

Rolling miter-box stand (finish nails, electric saw)

Pneumatic nailers

Bungee cords batten down loose items and totes, like the sanding stool/tote shown in the photo below. Indoor/outdoor carpeting on the floor of the van (left) makes it easier for people to kneel. It also dampens noise.

Bungee cords batten down loose items and totes, like the sanding stool/tote shown in the photo below. Indoor/outdoor carpeting on the floor of the van (left) makes it easier for people to kneel. It also dampens noise.

Coping-saw blades-

— Cabinet-pull hole jigs, extra set of electric drills

Pneumatic nailers

— Miscellaneous tool and supply tote (nail aprons, hammers, caulking guns, glue, small pipe clamp)

L- Closet-pole socket storage

ELEVATION stop block (holds stand in place) —

Electric drills

Cordless-drill tote

Sanding tote/stepstool (palm sander. belt sander and half- Lad(Jef has been sheet sander) cut to 45V, in. — Miter boxes sit here, held in place with _ 17jn_

spring catch.

Rolling miter-box stand (finish nails, electric saw)

Guide block (prevents back of catch from lifting)

Sliding catch

Miter-box baseplate Spring

Slot for sliding catch

Guide block (prevents back of catch from lifting)

Front lip bears against overlay shelf.

Miter-box baseplate Spring

Slot for sliding catch

Back lip on base catches on back of overlay shelf.

Sliding catch

A spring catch closes over the baseplate of the miter saw. When the catch is pushed open, the saw is released.

Again with efficiency in mind, the rolling miter box stand/supplies tote set to the far left of the lower shelf does not need a bungee cord at all to be secured in place. Instead, it is locked in place by a wood block mounted to the underside front edge of the overlying shelf and by the presence of the sanding tote/stepstool to its right.

To secure the two miter boxes to the upper shelves, Hillenburg devised a spring-loaded wooden catch mechanism. Working in conjunction with a baseplate fitted to the bottom of the saws, the mechanism is self-activating: You place the miter box on the shelf and push it back against the catch until it allows the back runner of the baseplate to drop into a receiving notch on the shelf. The catch then springs forward, locking down the baseplate. To remove the tool, you push back on the catch's lever arm and lift the baseplate up and off the shelf.

Hillenburg also designed a self-activating catch to hold and lock the 78-in. level in place against the curved part of the roof of the van (see the top photo on the facing page). To engage the catch, you push the level against the spring-loaded capture pocket until the far end of the level clears and then enters its holding pocket. To remove the level, you again push against the spring in the capture pocket until you can swing the far end clear of its holder.

On the passenger side of the van, Hillenburg uses the shelving to store supplies, a couple of power tools in their metal cases and two removable totes. One of the totes carries a selection of shim stock while the other carries a variety of hand power tools. Mounted above the shelves are a fire extinguisher, another spring-loaded level holder (for a 48-in. level) and a handsaw.

Cordless Drill Storage Shelf

Hammer drill

Dropcloths

Reciprocating saw

Power-tool tote (router, edge planer, jigsaw)

Jack hitch equipment

Sockets and wrenches

Log chain

Pneumatic nails -—

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