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Offline SMJoinery

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New Van Fit Out..Phase 1
« on: January 04, 2014, 11:23 AM »
Hi All

New van (Renault Trafic Sport LWB) arrived just before Xmas and so needed racked out before putting into service.
I researched a lot of posts on here to see what I liked the look of and started putting some ideas together on what worked best for me.
I also started purchasing some systainer storage for non Festool items and I'll continue to do that even for screws, fixings etc in order to complete the fit out.
My business is all domestic and so i need a van for mostly tools to have my workshop mobile but I also need some material storage including sheet goods etc.
The largest items I will transport will be cabinets made in the workshop but that's nothing huge.
Taking all the above into account I decided to raise floor of van to accommodate all the longer and bulkier items, the biggest of which is my "little giant" steps. The raised floor also helps with taking cabinets in and out.
I chose to form the systainer storage up from the floor with enough room to take 12 sheets of 18mm sheet goods or 18 sheets of 12mm. Anything in excess of that would be delivered by the merchant.
Festool tracks, trestles and spirit levels are also infer the floor and I've also formed a full length void capable of storing some loose lengths, my work bench supports etc. At the end of the void at the bulkhead end I have cut a section out for CT midi vac, and sys tool box which can be repositioned if sheet goods are on board but are close to side door for easy access most days.
The systainer racks are 19mm Oak veneer mdf with solid oak edges. I'll give it a couple of months and I'll have purchased enough "T locs" to fill remaining spaces.
On the right hand side I have started to form storage for non tool stuff like screws, adhesives etc and you can see my 4 Stanley deep storage boxes in same style of rack as opposite side.
I managed to form a couple of loose drawers under the floor for loose items.
Sorry the photos are a bit dark but it was late last night when I got to this point.
The floor needs a seal which I'll do this weekend.
Any comments / advice as always will be gratefully received.
Cheers.
Scott

Offline Joseph C

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Re: New Van Fit Out..Phase 1
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2014, 11:34 AM »
Looking smart!

Do you plan on carrying sheet goods vertically or horizontally?  If the former, how do you secure them ?
TS75, OF1010, PS300, Domino500, MFT/3, CT22 + WCR, CT MIDI, RS2e, RO150, ETS150, DS400, RO90, Grex 2" micropinner (festool green), and packing everything else into systainers, too.

Offline unityroad

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Re: New Van Fit Out..Phase 1
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2014, 11:36 AM »
Sweet, Funny thing I have coat hooks right where you put yours. Good luck with your new truck. I never really looked at what anyone esle did to thier van tho... because I built mine for my needs.
You are only as good as your ability to get PAID.

Offline SMJoinery

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Re: New Van Fit Out..Phase 1
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2014, 11:43 AM »
Looking smart!

Do you plan on carrying sheet goods vertically or horizontally?  If the former, how do you secure them ?

Horizontally, with the raised floor they won't fit and as you say it's not so easy to secure them whilst in transit.
I checked yesterday that if need be I could cut a sheet or two in the van with the track saw...I recessed the screws quite deeply just in case!!

Offline SMJoinery

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Re: New Van Fit Out..Phase 1
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2014, 11:48 AM »
Sweet, Funny thing I have coat hooks right where you put yours. Good luck with your new truck. I never really looked at what anyone esle did to thier van tho... because I built mine for my needs.

Post some photos of it we all might pick up some good ideas.
I like looking at what everyone else does, every day is a school day as far as I'm concerned and it's the best R&D department I've ever had!

Offline wrightwoodwork

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Re: New Van Fit Out..Phase 1
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2014, 01:46 PM »
Looks good always easier to get things in a racked van and find what you need

Offline joiner1970

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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2014, 02:45 PM »
I never get round to doing my vans. I always start with good intentions but can never decide on a good layout. You need easy access, enough room for full sheets and most of all security for all the tools.

Offline irishroey

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Re: New Van Fit Out..Phase 1
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2014, 03:14 PM »
looking great

i was hoping to get around to my own over the break but never got a chance

i picked up a new van at the start of december and collected some sheets just before the break and will hopefully get around to it next weekend

ill post some pics when i do

have you any pictures of the drawers i might rob some ideas off ya  ;D

Offline woodguy7

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Re: New Van Fit Out..Phase 1
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2014, 04:35 PM »
Looking good. Exact same van as mine but yours is laid out much better  [thumbs up]
If its made of wood, i can make it smaller.
Shirt size medium
p.s- ive started reading these too

Offline SMJoinery

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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2014, 04:44 PM »
I never get round to doing my vans. I always start with good intentions but can never decide on a good layout. You need easy access, enough room for full sheets and most of all security for all the tools.

I had exactly the same van but the SWB up to last week so knew what layout worked for me or more importantly what didn't.
Either way I couldn't work with just a pile of boxes in the back so it's important for me to be organised and efficient with my time.
I've found a lot of clients in the past few years do see the inside of the van and I want it to represent who we are as a company.
Security is important and insurance is only a small sum to pay but so is the £100 Festool will ask for each tool to replace in the event of theft. This is another factor to consider Festool over other brands.

Offline SMJoinery

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Re: New Van Fit Out..Phase 1
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2014, 05:10 PM »
looking great

i was hoping to get around to my own over the break but never got a chance

i picked up a new van at the start of december and collected some sheets just before the break and will hopefully get around to it next weekend

ill post some pics when i do

have you any pictures of the drawers i might rob some ideas off ya  ;D

I did a couple of trials with drawer slides in the workshop and didn't feel it was worth doing so went with fixed supports with side cleats.
The side cleats screw into the uprights and key the systainer 18mm away from the sides and makes it very easy to place hands at the side of each case and remove or insert.
If you look under a systainer it has small feet which it stands on and also how the position together.
I did a mock up and found that a 19mm shelf with a 28mm piece fixed on the front provides a 9mm front ledge which the systainer sits against. I added another piece at the rear to make a tight fit.
If you start on the bottom with your fixed support and cleats screwed in, place systainer on the shelf and place a cut of 9mm ply on top, fix another shelf with cleats on top and pull out ply and repeat.
This method allows me to change the layout without any hassle.
They are absolutely solid on the road including speed bumps.
They are very easy to remove, just insert hands at side, lift slightly and pull out until handle emerges and lift out completely.
I think drawers might have been best for some boxes dependant on box content by I'm usually taking them out to take them into job not just to get an item out from the box.

Offline wrightwoodwork

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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2014, 07:49 PM »
I never get round to doing my vans. I always start with good intentions but can never decide on a good layout. You need easy access, enough room for full sheets and most of all security for all the tools.

I had exactly the same van but the SWB up to last week so knew what layout worked for me or more importantly what didn't.
Either way I couldn't work with just a pile of boxes in the back so it's important for me to be organised and efficient with my time.
I've found a lot of clients in the past few years do see the inside of the van and I want it to represent who we are as a company.
Security is important and insurance is only a small sum to pay but so is the £100 Festool will ask for each tool to replace in the event of theft. This is another factor to consider Festool over other brands.
I'm the same like thinks organized also shows you care and people relax. So many people just have boxes thrown in I don't know how they work