I Built A Chuck Box

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  1. hometownhiker

    hometownhiker Active Member

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    I finally got around to building a chuck box for our camp kitchen. I had used a big, deep, plastic tote for years to store our stuff, and it was always a real pain to dig through. I vowed every year that I would build a real chuck box, and this spring I took the time to put it together.
    I am very pleased with how it turned out.
    If you are interested in seeing pictures of it, I will post a link to my blog below, as I am unable to post google photos to this forum. Any comments are welcomed. Thanks

    http://hometownhiker.blogspot.com/2017/05/chuck-box_3.html
     
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  2. NothingsChocking

    NothingsChocking Active Member

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    You did build it, and built it well -- good job!
     
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    Good stuff right there. I built one last year and we've used the heck out of it. I cheated and went with 1/2", glued and screwed. It still takes two folks to get it out of the camper, but worth every pound!
     
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    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    Nice. We had a similar one when I was a kid. The door dropped down and was held up chains. A Coleman stove slide out and sat on the door as a cook surface. It sat perfectly on the end of picnic table for a camp kitchen.
     
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  5. yetavon

    yetavon everything is better around a campfire.

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    nice work
     
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    Very well done!!
     
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    very nice..i've built 2 of them...first was big and heavy...this time more compact and a little lighter
     
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    Yes, if I ever build another one the weight would definitely be a major design concern..haha.
     
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    That's very nice, good job!
     
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    We had plastic chuck box we got at Sams a long time. It held lots, was waterproof when the lid was locked on and the lid could be used to wash dishes. Sent it on to the Girl Scouts when we got the Niagara, since with the built-in HP stove, I sent up the kitchen under the awning rather than on the picnic table. And with all the storage in the Niagara, it was just another thing to pack.

     
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    your box is very nice!!
     
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  12. Popiworks

    Popiworks Paddle faster, I hear banjos!

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    My first box was made with 1/2 inch ply and weighed 40 pounds empty. My current version is made of 1/8 inch ply with 3/8 by 1 inch borders and center supports. I weights 16 pounds empty. Here is a pic with the Cabella's camp cupboard under it.

    Kitchen.jpg
     
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    That is a thing of beauty, maybe I should pull out the saw and hammer and see what I can make.
     
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    Nice!
     
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  15. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Looks really good, should last for years
     
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    This is awesome. Do you happen to have any plans or info on the construction? I am looking for a winter project and hoping to make a chuck box lighter than some of those I am seeing around.
     
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    Had a chuck box growing up as a kid camping, helped my dad make it. Very sturdy, but quite heavy as noted, took two people to move it. We just keep all of our stuff in a cabinet right inside the camper door now. We had painted ours red, white and blue. I'm thinking we made it right around 1976. I'm sure that thing is still in service somewhere.
     
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    I have the same one that I got at Sam's Club, too! If you don't have a huge group it has more than enough room and you can handle it by yourself!
     
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    Sweet box !! I really dig homemade camping gadgets (that are functional). You will be proud of that thing each time you open her up !! Nice !!
     
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    Very nicely done, good workmanship. A good project for me to get started on.
     
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