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Old 12-31-2012, 04:56 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by S/W View Post
Seems like it would be just as easy to buy a cheap top box and get more volume for your money, and weather resistant seal. ?

Wheres's the fun in that?

To the OP- frikking fine job! Props to the Rotopax army!
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:14 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by S/W View Post
Seems like it would be just as easy to buy a cheap top box and get more volume for your money, and weather resistant seal. ?
But a top box won't fit on the Rotopax mount.

Would a couple of drain holes on the bottom address the water issue?
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:21 PM   #18
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Very nice work. Find a thin rubber seal for that and it would be perfect. Good job. I always appreciate ingenuity.
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:59 PM   #19
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I am too cheap to buy box to cut in half but some of your ideas will be helpful in near future..
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:02 PM   #20
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Nice job. I like the alignment pin idea. If you can find some thin wall rubber hose, put a lengthwise slit in it and slip it over one of the cut edges. It might solve the waterproofing issue.
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:12 PM   #21
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I thought that automotive window trim might do the do.

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Old 01-01-2013, 05:41 AM   #22
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While talking waterproofing, thinking outside the box (see what I did there?) I wonder if a rubber of plastic skirt glued around the top half would deflect most of the water away.
It doesn't have to be deep, just enough to cover the seem.
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:35 AM   #23
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Just ran across some rubber stripping that may do the trick here...

Apologies for the big size, just surfed this off a Chinese based marine supply site. Looks fairly cheap, just need to find local source. Dunno how well the gutters on the strip will align with the fasteners, I am thinking a solution isn't too far off.
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:39 AM   #24
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The rotopax 2 gallon storage box is in fact water resistant. Not with a gasket but by the design of how it closes and is molded there is no entry point for water.

I like what you've dont though. :)
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:52 AM   #25
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I like it, but if it were my project, i might add a clasp of some sort on the other side of those leaf aligners. I wouldn't trust them to hold a side shut for too long, especially if you add in a gasket.

But I wouldn't go gasket, I would just store tools in a few waterproof bags. Much easier, and replaceable.

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Old 01-01-2013, 10:36 AM   #26
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Ingenious. I like it!

Re: weatherseal - why not just tape the seam? I doubt you access it that often if it is used to store emergency gear and road-side repair items. 3' of electrical tape is cheap, and could potentially be useful on the road too.
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:03 PM   #27
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First off, Great job!

Thought about waterproofing.....

If you could line the bottom have of the rotopax with a 2" wide plastic strip all the way around the inside (glued and silicon sealed) and have it protrude by anb inch so that the upper part of the case slotted over the top of might not only provide the waterproofing but it would also give you greater depth to put your tools into (so when opening your 2" high tool case the top inch off tools didn't fall out). Hope I have described that adequatly so you understand what I mean.

Good stuff, love reading about this sort of ingenuity on here.

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Old 01-02-2013, 10:44 PM   #28
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Thanks for all the nice comments. It was a fun little project.

As to all the comments on water proofing it, its not to much of a concern for me. I live in a desert and get very little rain to deal with. -Steve
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:07 AM   #29
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Adapt and overcome -- a great idea, well executed (the table leaf aligners, cue Guinness Guy voice, BRILLIANT!)

The Roto tool box, by definition, isn't very space efficient, but if the convenience is paramount to you, you've done an outstanding job.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:11 AM   #30
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+1 on jon_l's tape idea! I like Tyvek tape, it's wide, doesn't get gummy and holds up great.
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