|Forum topic by daltxguy||posted 01-07-2010 07:23 AM||3860 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
01-07-2010 07:23 AM
Ok, not everyone needs or wants one of these but I’ve had a request from my community to build a trailhead sign-in register for our new Mataki Willowgrove Walkway. I built a bench for this walkway a few months back in time for its opening.It was such a hit that I’ve been asked to build a register as well.
I can probably work something out but I thought I would call out to the 15,000 strong LJ community to see if they’ve any experience with this or have any plans for one or know where I might find one.
It’s a very short trail and the register is more for interest than for search and rescue missions. The logbook is a standard landscape oriented 8 1/2×11 book and nothing else needs to be stored in it like pamphlets, doggie litter bags or any such thing ( probably a pen or a pencil though). It obviously would need to be big enough to hold the book but also provide a surface when it is open to write in.
We do get a lot of rain ( 1.8m or about 6 ft/year) so needs to be weatherproof but no snow ( or rarely). It will be exposed to full sun most of the time. No worries about bears, raccoons, snakes or any such thing as we don’t have any. There is little wind to speak of but the occasional gust.
It can be nailed, glued or screwed or all of the above. I do have some outdoor ply and galvanised nails. The real question is what design should I used and are there any tips on its construction.
This is where it is going to go:
I’ve searched the net and I’ve only found a few examples. It’s not an often photographed piece of outdoor furnishing ( I wonder why!)
Adirondack trailhead register.Not bad, but this seems too tall.
There’s the mailbox on a post idea. Doesn’t seem to satisfy all the criteria – no place to write.
Here’s another flip down design. This is not too bad. Looks like the table catches on the back of the register eliminating the need for the chains as in the Adirondack trail designs. How does it stay closed??
Any help is appreciated
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