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Chainsaw Box Project Planning via Sketchup #2: The Finished Product - Chainsaw Box Sketchup and Planning to Execution

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Blog entry by ratchet posted 445 days ago 1642 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well here it is, the “Chainsaw Box” nearly completed. It’s rock solid and lightweight! The maple cross members and interlocking design are the keys to its strength. It’s lightweight enough for me to carry by the handles fully loaded! No wheels needed.

The finished project turned out failry close to the sketchup plan (see #1 in this blog series). IMO, doing the planning up front in Sketchup resulted in a better made project. Its stronger, looks better, and wasted far less material in the process. Most importantly I have no regrets about “how I should have done it”.

Velcro was used for the saw hold downs. A small maple base surround places ammo box with accessories. Still need a strap to hold it securely in place.

Need to rethink chainsaw, oil, extra chain bar, etc. hold downs. I’d like to be able to turn the box upside down and have everything stay in place! Finish…none yet. Question: paint or poly?

As info: All hardware (except hinges) was purchased used from a co-worker was 5.00. Luan cost: 9.00 from the BORG, rest of wood and hinges was scrap.

I estimate that total build time = 10 – 12 hours. Yes, thats a tad slow, but was trying to prove a point to myself.

Please make comments.



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stefang

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#1 posted 445 days ago

Looks very nice to me. I would use a good marine varnish on it. Poly outdoors hardens pretty quick and begins to flake off and. A marine varnish can withstand the sun and rain better.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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jack1

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#2 posted 445 days ago

That’s good advice. We used to use that as the vehicle for the aluminum paint for the Bourne Bridge over Cape Cod in MA. Lasts at least 20 years if applied correctly.

Nice box by the way. I may do one myself. Thanks for sharing.

Jack

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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HerbC

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#3 posted 444 days ago

Nice box!

Not what I was expecting. When I read the title my thoughts were that you were using a chainsaw to make the larger equivalent of a “bandsaw box…”

Keep up the good work.

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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DamnYankee

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#4 posted 443 days ago

Nice box.
A Marine Varnish would be nice looking, but I think strainght up paint would probably last longer, particularly an oil paint. Oil paint would hold up better generally but even more so against the bar oil and such on the inside.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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