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Old 01-01-2009, 08:32 AM   #1
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Hensley Hitch Parts Storage box.

A Hensley Hitch Parts Storage box.

I got this idea from one of the threads dealing with another style of hitch that had many parts. Our TV is a 2006 Ford E350 4X4 V10 Van, and a covered container isnít necessary for us. I built this box out of Ĺ inch Maple/Birch plywood for the sides and ĺ inch Oak plywood for the bottom. The box is constructed with simple glued butt joints and a bizillion staples. I donít plan on finishing or painting this box, as it will live inside of the van out of the weather. I know that it will get grease smudges on it but I donít care, itís just a work box.

I was using a Rubbermaid tub that was too wide and too short and awkward. This is a solution that is rigid, narow, and has firm handles. It is quite easy to find a container that doesnít fit but strong enough, or fits quite well but lacks strength. With tools and parts stored in the same box, it should be easier to keep track of it all. When the box is stored in the back of the TV, theft should not be an issue.

The one thing that I may have overlooked is the Grease Gun, that I have yet to buy.

Pictures of completed project:

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Old 01-01-2009, 08:38 AM   #2
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Nice job. I really like that!

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Old 01-01-2009, 08:28 PM   #3
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An additional accessory, insert container, for the storage box. This is made from Ĺ inch plywood and glued and stapled. This accessory box has room for the parts tools and a drill. One of my mentors provided the ideas for the accessory box.

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I'm in admiration, waking up this morning, looking at this excellent solution. Making mental notes. For my pickup truck I'd have to both make it easier to slide, and be able to secure it from sliding as we travel. And a lid.

Frankly, this is the way HENSLEY should be shipping this part: in a container that lives on doing standard and extra duty.

Well done!
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This would be an excellent idea for us folks that have a Reese Dual Cam. It's not bad to keep the receiver hitch on the TV when you park for the night and have to use the vehicle but some law enforcement folks are a little "ouchy" about seeing the hitch still on the vehicle when it sticks out another 12 inches. It would make an excellent box for storing the tortion bars, locks, etc.
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Now, if you really want to look cool, cut a 3/4" dado for the front board so you can slide it in and out. Then you can remove or install your hitch bar without ever touching it. Cut out two more handles on the sides to make it easier.

Staples??? Somewhere out there is a biscuit jointer with your name on it.
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Ron,

Perhaps a hinge across the front, so the front end can then drop down out of the way, and the addition of handles on the sides. I should have had this idea early on in the project. I have a biscuit joiner, and pocket screw jigs, dado blades, and I could have splined it also. This was a simple, quick, and strong way to build a utility box. Thank you for the ideas.

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