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Unread 12-02-2012, 05:14 PM   #1
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Steel security cage

My shop is part of series of storage units with power. Two of the next door units were broke into to a couple weeks back, so my next project will be a steel security cage to lock my welder, plasma, and more expensive power tools in. I know I won't prevent it a 100%, but I want to at slow the f'ers down and at the same time I want it to be convenient for me to get my stuff out.

What I'm thinking about is approx 4'Dx5'Wx8'H steel cage, frame with steel tubing and covered with expanded metal. The base will be 1/8" steel that I can anchor to the concrete. That way I can just roll my welding carts in. I'll make a door out of steel tubing/expanded metal and install a dead bolt that matches my house keys...

Idea's welcome, I'll post as I go...

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Unread 12-03-2012, 06:02 AM   #2
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First, I'd get Renter's Insurance and document everything in the unit.. every screwdriver.. every socket.

Your box sounds pretty good. I'd also skin it with sheetmetal to hide the stuff from view. Put a sign on it that says "Paint Locker" or "Hazmat" or something like that. That way, it might make a thief decide it's not worth the effort.

Otherwise.. if they see the high dollar stuff, and they're in a closed shop, they'll have plenty of time to work on cutting thru to get the goodies.

The other thing you might consider is a video camera system. Even fake cameras with signs that say "Video Cameras with Remote Monitoring"... might be a good deterrent.
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Unread 12-03-2012, 07:36 AM   #3
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First, I'd get Renter's Insurance and document everything in the unit.. every screwdriver.. every socket.

Your box sounds pretty good. I'd also skin it with sheetmetal to hide the stuff from view. Put a sign on it that says "Paint Locker" or "Hazmat" or something like that. That way, it might make a thief decide it's not worth the effort.

Otherwise.. if they see the high dollar stuff, and they're in a closed shop, they'll have plenty of time to work on cutting thru to get the goodies.

The other thing you might consider is a video camera system. Even fake cameras with signs that say "Video Cameras with Remote Monitoring"... might be a good deterrent.
I've actually checked on the insurance and I have taken pics of everything. So I got that covered. Didn't think about skinning it with sheet metal just to hide it. It'd be good to keep the dust out of it anyway. Even mislabeling it would be a good idea.

I've been saving hard to buy a tig welder. Man it'd break my heart to sink some money into a tig to turn around and lose it.
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Unread 12-03-2012, 09:08 AM   #4
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What gauge would be good for the skin Bersk?
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I like the hazmat idea, that's genius.
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This little guy would deter me.......
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Besrk's idea are great....

I used to have a 10 bay shop when i still lived in delaware,it was a hobby shop for me and 2 of my buddy's we split rent with and used to build hot rods and race cars...

We also had fake cameras and signs around,built our own steel doors and frames,steel cages around inside the windows..where the place was located was a pretty high crime rate area in the city of Wilmington Del..thus why we got the shop so cheap on rent...

We were a bunch of young kids and none of made a bunch of money at the time..so for a security system we disected 4 motion sensors from some old motion sensor flood lights we picked up at a flea market...and wired some truck horns at one end,and the other end wired to a car battery ...it worked well and was real LOUD...we didn't use the shop power for the fact if they was smart enough to cut the power..these still worked..we had a hidden switch for the system behind a peice of door trim molding around the door you walked in and only the 3 of us knew where it was...

just another idea to think on..
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What gauge would be good for the skin Bersk?
Doesn't need to be thick.. use the steel mesh like you mentioned. Skin with with something like 18-20ga?
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Unread 12-09-2012, 03:50 PM   #10
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BESRK: have you ever made tube fenders?
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No production fenders.. just the ones on my own CJ5.
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Unread 12-10-2012, 04:21 PM   #12
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I really like the idea of skinning it with some thin sheet and making it lockable. Put a Hazmat sign and a reactivity chart on it and it will keep most people out of it.
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Unread 12-10-2012, 04:44 PM   #13
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Paint it yellow (that's what color my paint locker is).. and then shoot it with a bunch of test shots of spray paint.. make it look like a real paint locker!
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Unread 01-04-2013, 02:08 PM   #14
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Well, I didn't get my cage built soon enough... I pulled off to do some honey doo's at the house. I had it mocked up with the welder sitting in it and I was broke into on the New Years eve. They even took the ADS alarm console off the wall. Fortunately, I haven't bought a tig yet. I almost purchased one a month ago, I would have thrown up!
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Sorry to hear that!

I fricken LOATHE thieves and robbers. Sorry scumbags.. hope karma catches up with them at the worst time.


Probably sold the stuff off, took the $$$ they made, and packed it into their fricken crack pipe.


As some of you may know, we were robbed at gunpoint in our shop about a year ago. So, this stuff is a real "sore spot" for me..
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