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Show us you Camping Chuck Boxes 599

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,060
Show us you Camping Chuck Boxes
« on: January 19, 2020, 09:15:23 PM »
This seems to be a US-inspired product? But while looking for a way to keep all my kitchen stuff in one place, I stumbled across this link https://www.rei.com/blog/camp/how-to-build-your-own-camp-kitchen-chuck-box and it looked perfect for my camping needs. Everything stored in one place, just chuck it in the back of the truck when you go camping.

Problem was that inches don't translate too well on cut sheets in my country, so I reworked the design a little to be metric, but still off a 4x8 sheet of ply, which we do get where I live.

Finished it today, and promise to post some picture on this thread when next camping with the box.

So who else has a chuck box?  :dunno:
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,428
Re: Show us you Camping Chuck Boxes
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2020, 06:47:50 AM »
Wow, Max, that's some serious glamping equipment! :like:

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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,060
Re: Show us you Camping Chuck Boxes
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2020, 07:39:31 AM »
 :tu:
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,060
Re: Show us you Camping Chuck Boxes
« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2020, 11:24:27 AM »
First chance to use the chuck box. Went camping this weekend in Pilanesberg National Park. Worked really well as a field kitchen.  :tu:
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,060
Re: Show us you Camping Chuck Boxes
« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2020, 11:40:04 AM »
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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,060
Re: Show us you Camping Chuck Boxes
« Reply #5 on: February 29, 2020, 12:56:26 PM »
Yum.  :salute:
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Re: Show us you Camping Chuck Boxes
« Reply #6 on: February 29, 2020, 06:08:02 PM »

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Re: Show us you Camping Chuck Boxes
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2020, 12:18:27 AM »
 :like: I'd be very proud of that chuck box. 

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 14,162
Re: Show us you Camping Chuck Boxes
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2020, 09:31:03 AM »
My dad made one like it one day.
Completely handbuild stainless construction.


It should be on their attic at the moment...

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Re: Show us you Camping Chuck Boxes
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2020, 12:23:40 PM »
:like: I'd be very proud of that chuck box.

Definitely a lovely piece of work  :like:

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No Life Club Posts: 4,047
Re: Show us you Camping Chuck Boxes
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2020, 11:17:57 AM »
Huh, wow that is cool.
I'm surprised I didn't think of it...

My food storage setup in the zombie truck is heavy steel drawers (the sort that are designed to be fitted to the vehicle, not removed)
and my utensil setup at home is a 6 drawer toolbox (I was never a fan of just having all the random cooking tools in the second drawer under the cutlery...)

but somehow the idea of an all in one solution like that has never occurred to me.

This project has serious potential....


I'd never heard of this before, but apparently (once you know the term) they're quite common (at least common enough to get multiple mentions online)

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,060
Re: Show us you Camping Chuck Boxes
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2020, 09:26:27 PM »
Thanks everyone!  :hatsoff:
It was a fun project and really practical. I was initially worried that it was going to be too small, but it worked out just right. Any larger and it would be too heavy for one person to pick up. At least I now have one place for everything, and it all stays in the box when at home so less chance of forgetting things.  :whistle:
No Life Club Posts: 4,047
Re: Show us you Camping Chuck Boxes
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2020, 07:52:43 AM »
I was thinking about something else when I remembered this - and lo and behold, an opportunity has come up where I may be able to do it.

Before I put saw to wood (or pencil to wood...'cause I'm not the sort of person to just start sawing..... :whistle:)

are there any lessons you might pass on?

Is it plenty rigid with the 1/2" ply and simple butt joints?

Would you do anything differently? (different shelving, a divider for the bottom area to minimise sliding?)

does your cut list include kerf?
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,060
Re: Show us you Camping Chuck Boxes
« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2020, 08:54:27 PM »
Hi Sea Monster,
No kerf in the diagram but there is waste to the sides of the plan to allow for this. The shop cut for me...
Simple butt joints were fine. All I’d do differently is rather a paint on sealant. After 4 tins of spraying the paint cost almost as much as the ply...
Let us know how you get along!  :popcorn:
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,283
Re: Show us you Camping Chuck Boxes
« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2020, 12:07:09 AM »
That's cool.  :tu:

How's the weight?

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,283
Re: Show us you Camping Chuck Boxes
« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2020, 12:08:09 AM »
My dad made one like it one day.
Completely handbuild stainless construction.


It should be on their attic at the moment...
Set it free!  :pok:

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,060
Re: Show us you Camping Chuck Boxes
« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2020, 09:33:50 PM »
That's cool.  :tu:

How's the weight?
Most of a 4 by 8, so ‘sturdy’ is a good descriptor.  :cheers:
No Life Club Posts: 4,047
Re: Show us you Camping Chuck Boxes
« Reply #17 on: September 26, 2020, 07:29:42 AM »
Putting this together today, just got done sawing and have the thing balanced "together"...


It's friggen' 'uge!

It's bigger than what I currently use (although probably about a 1/4 of the mass)

Still....I do not know that I will use it now  :dunno:

There's a good chance it will end up as tool storage or something.

Anyway, kettle is boiling, so time for a cuppa then back on with things.


Oooh, extended modify time.

Together now. For whatever mysterious reason I glued and nailed it together, then decided I didn't trust nails and filled it with screws, but now still have to wait for the glue to dry  :-\

Sand and a coat of something tomorrow, then it'll probably sit to the side for a few months while I get around to getting some hinges for the lid/front  :whistle:


Probably not anytime soon, but I might have a play and try to come up with something about 2/3 the size. It's just a bit too generous for my needs.




« Last Edit: September 26, 2020, 09:56:38 AM by Sea Monster »
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,060
Re: Show us you Camping Chuck Boxes
« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2020, 06:53:21 AM »
Still sounds like you had fun with the build, Can we see a pic or two of the cargo ship?
No Life Club Posts: 4,047
Re: Show us you Camping Chuck Boxes
« Reply #19 on: October 18, 2020, 02:53:51 AM »
Sure, for what it's worth -

(Random colouring is because I had a sample pot of some random paint, then decided to go over the whole thing with white, got as far as areas I could fit a roller, then got bored)

I am diddling about with the lid/front because I don't really want the front "bench" of the original design.

I was thinking cupboard style doors, but then I've got to find some 270* hinges.

At the rate I get around to things, It'll either never happen, or it'll just sit around as shelves for a year or two first.

If I had a pro-tip from this build (which would probably have been obvious from the start) use good plywood. I used D grade 5 ply (basically missing two layers that better grades have as veneers) which make it less nice to handle and use, and looks trashy. (Usually used for things you'll never see or touch)

Invest in a circular saw - I did this one with a jigsaw, which is a lot less forgiving when all you want is straight cuts  :oops:
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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,060
Re: Show us you Camping Chuck Boxes
« Reply #20 on: October 18, 2020, 06:42:36 PM »
Sometimes a mid-build repurpose is not a bad thing. Could mount on a wall as-is, and make a good workshop storage shelf?

 

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