Chuck Box "Camping Box"

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Project by Eddy_1287 posted 07-18-2016 09:11 PM 3543 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started designing this project on Sketchup about two years ago. It’s been a long time in production, but finally I have finished product. If you’ve ever heard of a chuck wagon on cowboy trail ride, you know there was a “Box”, a “Chuck Box” that the cook kept all his camping/kitchen supplies in the back of the wagon. Maybe you haven’t seen or heard of that and maybe you’ve seen something like this referred to in Boy Scouts as a “Patrol Box”. Whatever you would like to call it, essentially it’s a mobile camping box you drag to your campsite, set it up, and have everything you would need to cook proper meal…and then some.

The entire project is made out of 1/2” cabinet grade birch plywood. I unfortunately didn’t calculate the exact amount of plywood needed and had to steal a piece of darker/older/cheaper 1/2” plywood I had reserved for another project. (You can tell by the darker pieces) A mixture of milled poplar and pine were used for the support beams and legs. To add contrast, I covered the screw holes on the drawers with padauk plugs and added oak and maple plugs on the outside of the box for an added visual effect.

I still need to add a couple extra shelves in the front portion of the box, but overall it’s ready for a test weekend out in the woods or lake. Simply put, this was a fun and rewarding project I plan to enjoy for years to come. I hope this project inspires others to make their own!

-- "Kneeling in Order to Stand"

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#1 posted 07-18-2016 09:50 PM

That is a really neat project.

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#2 posted 07-18-2016 11:14 PM

Eddy that is absolutely outstanding. I really like it a lot!.

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#3 posted 07-19-2016 12:22 AM

while camping if you hear dueling banjos …..............RUN

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#4 posted 07-19-2016 08:17 AM

Exceptional, great design, love it!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#5 posted 07-19-2016 12:22 PM

very nice!
I made one for my Grandson and his Cub Scout Den and it really pulls together the Den families to one dining fly and made us all a lot better friends.

-- Jack

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#6 posted 07-19-2016 12:49 PM

My son and I are the patrol box fixer guys in our troop. Great job. I would like to see how it closes up.

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#7 posted 07-19-2016 02:16 PM

Thanks Eddy! I just spent all night researching chuckboxes. I was happy with my rubbermaid totes, but now I’ve got to figure out the dimensions of my cook top, cast iron, paper towel roll, etc. Next will be an AutoCAD drawing. Thanks for the inspiration and an extra project on my list…;^)

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#8 posted 07-19-2016 03:49 PM

Nicely done – our troop has similar leg slots to slip into the cabinet – but the boys carry – there is not the ‘handtruck’ design where they could drag it. We also added some formica to the top and wing to serve as an easy to clean surface with contact cement.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#9 posted 07-19-2016 05:14 PM

Wow, realy versatile box,very useful, I bet.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 07-19-2016 05:33 PM

ChadRat6458: If you look closely in the provided picture, you’ll see two metal prongs on the inside top of the door. The prongs go into the mechanism once pushed firmly closed.

DrDirt: I didn’t think about adding formica until it was too late. I measured/cut everything to fit snuggly so adding a thin layer of formica wouldn’t work in my application. I did put about 3-5 coats of urethane on the wood so it repels water fairly well.

-- "Kneeling in Order to Stand"

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#11 posted 07-19-2016 08:05 PM

This might warrant a video, please, so we can see all the features, functionality…. how it sets up, tears down, what stores where—and how it is mobilized!

Nicely done!

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#12 posted 07-19-2016 10:37 PM

jayseedub: Is there a way to upload a video to this site? Or would I need to just link a YouTube video in the comments portion?

-- "Kneeling in Order to Stand"

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