Work...not art, shipping crates

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I do some subcontracting for the US Navy building shipping crates.
These were for the Improved Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (IFLOS) for an aircraft carrier. IFLOS is part of the equipment Navy pilots use to land their aircraft on aircraft carriers.

This contract was to crate up one system, I ended up building 4 crate covers for existing pallets.
22 sheets of 3/4 CDX plywood, 16 4×4s, 22 2×4s, and about 500 nails and 200 screws.

This helps pay for my tools and truck so I can do the decorative woodworking that I like.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#1 posted 591 days ago

what you have here is a big box

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#2 posted 591 days ago

Looks like Vegas signage, I want one.

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#3 posted 591 days ago

What?? No dovetails? No finger joints?

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#4 posted 591 days ago

Really nice jewelry box you made, good use of material, great design…time tested and true…keep up the great work

-- Cosmicturner

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#5 posted 591 days ago

Roger ball…. There’s more skill required to make those than most realize. Good job Pete.

-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD

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#6 posted 591 days ago

The structure on that has to be incredible. Nothing can be allowed to move.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#7 posted 591 days ago

Gotta pay the bills so we can play.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#8 posted 591 days ago

Hey if it buys tools and pays some bills that’s great.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 591 days ago

Is it wrong that I look at something like this, and just think about all of the projects that could be done with the crate once it’s served it’s purpose? That is a lot of plywood.

-- Alex, Los Angeles

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#10 posted 591 days ago

I worked for a display company in the past. We had two guy that only built shipping creates to house the disassembled displays. It is an art. I would like to be around when the Navy threw out the used creates.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#11 posted 590 days ago

Are they MIL-SPEC, with clinched nails? If so, the pieces will be pretty beat up by the time someone salvages them.

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#12 posted 590 days ago

Through nails are clinched, but the others are all 3 inch.
The top and one side are screwed on, and all sides are screwed to the bases so they can be disassembled for loading and unloading.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#13 posted 590 days ago

Unless they’re standard size containers (which these obviously aren’t) they’re just held onboard until they can offload at a port for disposal. Very occasionally they are loaded up with items to transfer off ship during VERTREP, though most of the time standard tri-wall (cardboard) shipping containers are used.

The only time wood like this gets salvaged is once per year… CPO Induction (or what is now known as CPO 365 Phase 2)... The wood is used by Chief Selectees to make charge book vessels (which some members have posted pictures of on here), shoe shine boxes, hat boxes, coffee mug racks, or various small projects.

Part of the Selectee’s task is to find wood/materials… and this would certainly fit the bill.

-- Big discoveries don't go "Eureka!", they go "Huh. That's funny..." They just as frequently go *bang* and *woosh*...

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#14 posted 588 days ago

closest thing to a fancy joint is the top supports (2×4s) that are cut to 45 degree miters to rest on the frame stiles.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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