Intro: Simple DIY Large Telescope Case (For OTA and More)
I bought a 50 gallon Stanley Tool Chest several years ago
to act as the case for my Celestron C11 telescope. My intention was to
completely pad the inside of the case with a stack of 1” foam layers and
carefully cut out spaces for the OTA, counter weights, motor, etc.
That didn't work so well so I ended up just stuffing spare foam pieces around
the equipment as needed. That didn't work so well either. On a recent long trip with
my C11 packed loosely in it's case it received a little damage. Riding in the back of the bumpy pickup something shifted inside my telescope case and rubbed firmly for hundreds of miles against the back of the OTA. No serious damage was done, but I decided I needed a better solution before I take another long road trip.
Step 1: Parts and Tools
-50 Gallon Stanley Tool Chest ( I paid about 60 bucks at Home Depot)
-8' stick of 1X2” pine
-Staples or Screws (I used an air staple gun – other fasteners will work)
-A little spare packing foam and some zip ties.
Step 2: Build the Frame
A simple wooden structure made entirely of 1X2's.
-2 pieces 18 1/4” long. These span the width of the case. A slight taper cut at each end to roughly match
the sides of the tool box ( about a 3* angle – just eyeball it)
-2 pieces 16 3/4” long . These are side pieces to tie the ends together. You might get away without these because the ends wedge in so tightly, but after a long bumpy ride they may come loose.
-2 7” pieces for the front leg supports. Cut a notch at the bottom of each leg to bypass the ledge along the bottom of the tool box (see picture).
-2 pieces of 1” scrap for spacers on the back end. This makes a small foot to rest on top of the wheel well.
-2 pieces of scrap cut at a 45* angle to strengthen leg support
Staple it all together
See pictures below for details
Step 3: Wedgie Time
-Add foam to bottom of case and on frame if necessary (I used zip ties to pad the cradle).
-Wedge the whole frame down into the case.
-It should fit very snuggly.
Awesome! You're done! You rock!
Load it up!