Lantern Boxes

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Project by William posted 09-22-2013 02:18 AM 1645 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Photo 1:
Sitting on top of this wooden box is the plastic holders that I’ve had for some time to hold my Coleman lanterns in. I have always hated them. They are flimsy, cheaply made, and have on at least one occasion come loose from the bottom and broken the globe on one of my lanterns. I just never have taken the time to build something better.
Well, after going fishing a few weeks ago, and the latch mechanism completely failing on one of them and me almost breaking another globe, I was not putting it off any longer.

Photo 2:
Here is a view of the top with it open. The lantern sitting on top is the newest lantern I have. My wife and kids bought me that one for Father’s Day several years ago. Most of my lanterns are old ones. I prefer the old ones because they can be rebuilt. The new style, the ones that run on propane, are pretty much junk if they ever act up. On these old style ones, you can replace the globe, pumps, generators, and I also have a few extra lanterns around for the odd parts that you cannot buy in the stores, like lids and such.
I have several old lanterns that were made over thirty years ago. I pick them up at yard sales for a dollar or two a piece. Usually, you disassemble them, clean the dirt dobbers out of them, reassembly, put new mantles on them, and fire them up.

Photo 3:
This is my small box. It holds three lanterns. I carry these three, my favorite ones, when I go night fishing. They are my go-to lanterns. The fourth compartment accessories like extra mantles, a lighter, funnel for adding fluid, and an extra pump (just in case).

Photo 4:
Here is the small box with the lid shut. I added a hasp and pin clip just to make sure it stays closed until I am ready to open it.

Photo 5:
Next I built a long box. This one holds the lanterns we carry when the whole family goes camping. These don’t see much use, but I wanted a safe storage place for them as well. Since these only get used when we go as a family, I made one long box that holds them all. The lid opens in three sections so you can pull out just a couple at a time. The ends have hollowed out handles so one person can get at each end and carry the box.

Photo 6:
The long box holds seven lanterns. When we camp, we’ll load this box and the small one. This makes ten lanterns. Since I think that’s enough to light up a small Army camp, I believe it’ll be enough.

These boxes were made from cottonwood, using hardware that I’ve saved off of old junk (I’m a pack rat), and plywood lids. They aren’t pretty, but that is the point of why I built them as I done. Every piece of wood in these projects is wood that I would have normally cut up for fire wood. So I wasted no good wood to make them. That makes them even better for the purpose they serve in my opinion. I do want to go back at a later date and add some kind of exterior wood protection on them.


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#1 posted 09-22-2013 02:30 AM

Dang, William…. you’ve got more lanterns than Walmart

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 09-22-2013 02:48 AM

all i can say here is , William you light up my life…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 09-22-2013 02:58 AM

The last lantern case mishap….
Made you “see the light””!!!
A better solution was needed. You filled/built that need!!!

A great utilitarian project that will surely weather the storm, fishing or camping trip,
Well done.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 09-22-2013 02:59 AM

Very nice William.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 09-22-2013 03:06 AM

Thanks all.
I love the jokes made.


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#6 posted 09-22-2013 03:25 AM

good idea on the case ,i pick these up to when i come across them too, they are repairable ,may add a compartment for cans of fuel

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#7 posted 09-22-2013 03:50 AM

Very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 09-22-2013 12:51 PM

I see the light…...........and the nice box they come in… :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#9 posted 09-22-2013 01:33 PM

Thank you all.
Eddie, I thought about the cans, but I buy them in easy to carry metal cans, so I figured there was no need I’m adding weight with those.


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#10 posted 09-22-2013 02:52 PM

Nice build. Every time I use my lantern in that cheap fall apart plastic case I think I need to make a better case.


-- "Complexity is easy; Simplicity is difficult." Georgy Shragin Designer of ppsh41 sub machine gun

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#11 posted 09-22-2013 02:53 PM

Way to go o William! These are great.

-- Nancy Antley

View William's profile


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#12 posted 09-22-2013 03:35 PM

Thank you all.
These are not hard to make at all.
I threw them together with scrap wood, glue, and screws.


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#13 posted 09-22-2013 05:45 PM

This is a very practical box. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 09-22-2013 08:24 PM

Good looking solution to a problem.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#15 posted 09-22-2013 09:30 PM

10 Lanterns! Form follows function…..these look to be quite functional…..nicely done..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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