Camping kit box

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After the Bushmoot I realised that it’s a pain in the bum using a plastic box to contain all your kitchen stuff.  Mostly because everything you want is at the bottom and all the stuff you don’t is at the top.  It does keep everything wasp proof and dry though.

Anyway, as I’ve been involved in running a scout troop for some time, I thought about building a patrol box.  BSA Troup 680 have an excellent design, though I’m thinking of trying to incorporate the cooker in as well.

http://www.bsatroop680.org/documents/Plans/patrolboxplans.pdf

For my first job, I produced the standard box and learnt several woodworking lessons such as how to saw a straight line with a circular saw.  I used the kreg jig to make pocket screw holes to join up the boards.  This was a bad idea, the 12mm ply just doesn’t seem thick enough to take the screws.  The 680 recommend the use of normal screws countersunk into the wood.  This probably would take longer, but less screw ends sticking out of the wood.

I still need to build the leg supports and add the piano hinge, but I can already see how much more useful this is going to be.

2 Comments »

  1. Ian said

    Hi
    I got to this link after reading your Scout item about Twist campfire bread, Thanks for doing that.
    I would like to share. As you say, use green wood ( because dead wood burns!) BUT do be careful to keep the end sticking well out beyond the bread dough. When that green stick gets hot it spews out it’s sap and that can be unpleasant if not harmful when eaten.
    Ian

    • admin said

      Hi Ian, never come across that, but then again we avoid trees that aren’t healthy for you!

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