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  • #684561
    Matt Sims
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    Folks,
    Just about finished this.
    I’ve bought a gas strut to fit to the lid, as per Paul’s, but the “instructions” that came with it are of the chocolate teapot variety; Useless!
    Can anyone offer guidance on the measurements for fitting these types of things. I don’t want to do just trial and error!!

    Thanks in advance.
    Regards,
    Matt

    #684570
    Colin Scowen
    Participant

    Haven’t seen the shoe tidy series, so this may not be quite what you are looking for, but if I ever get this sort of situation, I tend to build a mock up from scraps, to see how things fit together. So maybe a small box with a lid but no bottom. Assuming the depth of the box front to back is equal to the depth of the shoe tidy (Or at least long enough to fit the strut inside, and that you use dovetails or some other similar through joint that you don’t glue, then you could possibly fiddle around on the scrap parts to get screw locations and distances and such, disassemble the scrap box, drill through the screw holes you actually want to use and then use the pieces as templates for the shoe tidy..

    Colin, Czech Rep.

    #684638
    Matt Sims
    Participant

    Thanks for that Colin…
    What you suggest is exactly what I was planning to do if I didn’t get another “ready made” solution, (i.e. measurements).
    I already have a suitable “scrap” box that I’ll use.

    I’ve tried planning it using paper and working to scale, but as good as I am at geometry I can’t get my head around dealing with moving things!

    Thanks again for your input.
    Regards,
    Matt

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