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60 days ago

Hello,
I am new to the forum. I was hoping that someone could help point me in the right direction for a project. I am not a woodworker, but handy so I hope this can be figured out. I want to recreate a Swiss Room Box.

video of how it works:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cy3gKwirLk

There is lots of pictures online for figuring out what goes in the boxes. I am unsure about the mechanism that folds the box on top in front of the bottom one. I think I can simplify the design. If I had 8 grand I would so buy one.

Has anyone seen anything similar to help make a plan?

Thank you
Mary Ellen


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Dallas

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#1 posted 60 days ago

From the video it simply looks to me like a series of slots using dowels to track in the right direction.
Those use to be called Chuck boxes back in the olden days.

If you look up a trammel of archimedes picture, you’ll see exactly how it works.

Oh, and Welcome to LJ’s! We are glad you’re here. What took you so long?

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#2 posted 60 days ago

I am “not a woodworker but handy”

is an oxymoron ?

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woodbutcherbynight

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#3 posted 60 days ago

You will be working on this item for a long time, maybe start on something smaller along the same lines??

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#4 posted 60 days ago

Very cool, it kinda seems to take up a lot of space though. There didn’t appear to be storage for clothes and other gear. It seems like you’re dedicating to making your camping fit the tool instead of the other way around? I didn’t quite get how you could pack enough water in those boxes with all the other stuff to get a “hot shower” nor how the water was heated. The seats were pretty cool, the Metis in Manitoba’s early history used chairs of somewhat similar design which suited their somewhat nomadic existance. Hope you figure out how to make ‘em as I’d love to see the build posted here!

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#5 posted 60 days ago

after watching the “blip” of video

what an epic waste of money

I cant imagine a woman in todays world, who could master the art of ikea so fast

as to to skip the art of mastering the mouth of a husbands protest, in re-inventing a car ?

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#6 posted 60 days ago

Thank you everyone for the comments. I will check out trammel of archimedes. We hammock camp and backpack and wanted to build a base camp out of the car. We bought a 4×4 Xterra that the seats fold down flat. The height of the ceiling is not as high as a van but we wanted 4wd to handle off road terrain. The idea is to have all of our stuff in the car and be able to sleep in the car (on top of all the stuff) if need be during an electric storm or between destinations where there is no campsite. If we are not backpacking and camping near the car we want to be able to cook real meal, a table to eat it on, and shower. This seems to fit that bill.
I have camped out of the car where everything is just thrown in a jumble and the organization and mutilple use of the box components seem appealing. I realize the boxes will take room, but the organization and support to hold up the bed are important.
I already have a Mr Heater Aquacube for the hot water. I have a camp stove/oven that is too big to fit in a box but will fit in the foot area of the seat and be under the bed when that is in place.
Streamlining everything else to fit I believe is doable. I can put cargo nets on the walls inside and there is also a top rack to the Xterra and we are considering a swing away cargo carrier for the hitch that when swung out would be under the table when extended.
I also need to build Turtledog Hammock stands so that we can hammock camp on the beach or when there are no suitable trees. They can store on the top rack.

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Mark Shymanski

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#7 posted 60 days ago

Very cool, I’d not heard of hammock camping before. It looks ideal if you’re going light.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#8 posted 60 days ago

Mark, hammock camping is great. My hammock is way more comfortable to sleep in than my bed.

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mej

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#9 posted 60 days ago

Mark, hammock camping is great. My hammock is way more comfortable to sleep in than my bed.

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Mark Shymanski

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#10 posted 57 days ago

I have always done the tent thing, mosquitos are a big incentive to not sleep outside of a net :-( Now with the kids I camp way heavier than I used to. Mind you now they are getting old enough we can maybe start lightening up on some of the non-essentials….as long as they keep enjoying it though!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#11 posted 57 days ago

I gotta admit, that thing is pretty cool. I’ll have to save it for future use.

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mej

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#12 posted 57 days ago

Mark, yes it hard to lighten up. We are working at getting our backpack weight as low as possible.

I did find someone who made their own version of the Swiss Room Box. They said they were going to post an instructable but has not done it. It looks like the hinge on his is simple. The link is here http://www.instructables.com/answers/Does-the-Swiss-Room-Box-inspire-you-Without-viol/

We were thinking of making the boxes out of marine plywood because they would be exposed to humidity, rain, and spills. I think it would be good to laminate at least the table/bed top parts of it so that it would be easy to clean.
I am going to make a cardboard model and see if I can get the hinge to work properly on it.

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#13 posted 40 days ago

How have the cardboard models turned out?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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