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#1 jbwatson80

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 12:55 AM

I recently purchased a Meade LX200 GPS 10” and I need a good case for storage and transportation. I was thinking about using a Dewalt 63 gallon mobile tool chest if the internal dimensions are right. The mobile tool chest is on sale at Home Depot for around $80. How thick of foam should I use for the telescope protection? Are the mobile tool chests a good alternative to the more expensive custom built cases (e.g. JMI cases)? I heard you are really paying for someone to cut the foam.

#2 DLuders

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 06:24 AM

Yes, the DeWalt Tough Chest 38 in. 63 gal. Mobile Tool Box ( https://www.homedepo...63 gallon chest ) would work well; it weighs 34 lbs. empty.  You could get your own Pluck Foam ( https://www.ebay.com...k foam&_sacat=0  ) to line it.  If you wanted to save some money for the foam on the bottom, go to your local Fabric Store and get some economical 2" foam sheets used for pillows and seat cushions.  Home Depot sells that too:  https://www.homedepo...0cushion?NCNI-5



#3 donlism

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Posted 24 November 2017 - 06:34 AM

http://www.thefoamfactory.com/



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Posted 10 February 2018 - 05:30 PM

Any update?  I just got a LX90GPS 10" and was thinking of doing the same thing.



#5 mikefulb

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 08:20 PM

Doesn't that foam from "craft stores" outgas?



#6 roscoe

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 08:46 AM

There are several on-line businesses that specialize in 'road crates' - the boxes used by musicians to haul their gear around - some will build to fit, most will sell you all the parts - edge strips, corners, latches, panels, foam, etc, you need to build your own.....

by the way, an electric knife (the meat-cutting kind) is a great tool for cutting foam....




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