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    Default Aluminium Workshop Bin

    Every workshop needs a bin.
    For housing waste be it scrap metal, filings, swarf or mistakes.
    I have just constructed a new workshop/Welding bay and need a metal bin for all of the above reasons. I rang all the major hardwares and the machinery shop, I then rang an industrial cleaning supply company but alas none had a small metal bin.

    They all had plastic bins and some had S/S bins with plastic liners.
    No good when a red hot piece of metal is tossed into it.

    I used aluminium tread plate for the flooring of my workshop and had a few pieces of scrap left over. I thought why don't I make my own bin out of the same material as the flooring.
    Custom job.

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    I marked up the 1.4mm alloy tread plate and folded it in my panbrake.

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    This stuff folds pretty easy and looks great.

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    I placed the tail of my scrap into my home made shear and cut to length.

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    I then clamped the folded sides together.

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    I then switched on the TIG welder and let it warm up for 30 minutes before welding up the side joint.

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    Default LARGER BINs

    I go to scrap yards and one in particular sells things like those aluminum cross-bed tool boxes.

    It doesn't matter what it is, all their aluminum gets sold for $1 a pound. I have a number of tool boxes that would sell used for over $100 that I bought for anywhere from $30 to $60. I tig the holes closed or I just throw stuff into them.
    They are leakproof. I leave them outside bolted to my stock rack and the contents stay dry. I take the locks to a smith to get new keys made.

    By the way, I'm in Ohio.

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    What part of Ohio you in? That sounds like a scrap yard worth checkin out. Our local ones have mostly shred, nothin worth taking a look at.

    Oh, and I don't know what you are paying to have new keys made up for the locks, but if the locks are the same style that I have on my box (round ones with a tab that turns on the back) They sell em at Tractor Supply for like 4 bucks

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