We liked the one we saw from 1st Fenwick, using 3/4" plywood, but it looked really heavy.
- Would 1/2" be okay for the box, especially the sides and hinged side panel?
- Note: BSA Troop 609 - Patrol Box Plansuses 1/2" plywood. Note on page 10 that they have to file off the screws holding the hinge in place. Perhaps an extra strip of plywood glued along the hinge to take 1" screws for better support?
- No. 2 Patrol Kitchen Box, from "The Patrol Sketchbook" by Ishkotekay 1992 uses 3/8" plywood.
Debating if both sides should be hinged...
- More usable "table" space
- More stable
- Can use lighter materials
- Easier to build
- Can nail/screw/glue long shelves to back (no need for center upright)
- Decision: So while the first "yes" point is a big one, there are many reasons in favour of a fixed back. That's the way we will go.
We generally like the plans for A Standing Kitchen, February 2006. (The legs fit inside. One sheet construction.)
(Possibly) Neat ideas
Make the back a chalkboard
- Duty lists, menus, planning, doodles!
- Kent: Chalkboard Paint is only $7.
- Decision: Let's do it!
Counter Top Material
Counter top material is specified in the plans
- 1st Fenwick used plastic hollow core material; easy to clean, easy to apply, and didn't melt under the stove.
- Quality counter top material is difficult to source and will add to the complexity of the build.
- Decision: If it something we really want, we'll get it later
Use Legs as Carrying Posts
- Advantage: Easier to carry.
- Disadvantage: A bit heavier
- Disadvantage: May no longer be a one-sheet plywood project.
- Decision: Let's do, but use a 2x2 instead of a 2x4 on the top of the leg clamp. Also use a thinner 1/4" plywood to cap. (A quarter sheet should be enough to make 7, we will make the 8th one from scrap pieces.) Also, use more bolts.
The instructions suggest adding wheels. They should be removable, as to not get in the way of the hinged side panel (cooking surface). How to build?
- Two bicycle wheels on a fixed axle, held on with conduit couplings and wing nuts. Or maybe one wheel is fixed to an axle and the other is removable, with the whole thing going through a bored channel through the legs support.)
- Perhaps a flat bar bolt and wing nut attached to the bottom, with the edged turned up and attached to the bicycle wheels. (See this bicycle trailer assembly.)
- Decision: Great idea, but we'll shelve it for now. (KISS = Keep It Simple Scouts!)
More shelves and compartments! (Especially a top shelf just for the legs.)
- Plans are limited due to single sheet construction.
- If we have more material, perhaps we will
Side Wash Station
- It would have to fit inside the box
- How long do the legs need to be? Looks like 34", which will fit inside the box!
- Construct from plywood slats, fitted to the basins.
- Two simple hinges to the legs
- Legs would be side braced, and maybe a cross brace to the top to prevent movement (somehow bolt and wing-nut secured).
- How to secure to main box? Perhaps just a fixed dowel pin into a matching hole. Simple.
- Putting the basins sideways would be wider than the box, so how to build and still fit inside? It will have to come apart and yet be study when assembled.
- Decision: Another great idea, but we'll shelve it for now. (KISS = Keep It Simple Scouts!)
To build four chuck boxes...
|3/8" Plywood (4' x 8’)||4||Home Depot||$16||$64|
|3/4" plywood (4' x 8’)||1||Home Depot||$25||$25|
|2x4 lumber, 8'||8||Home Depot||$2.65||$21|
|2x2 lumber, 8'||2||Home Depot||$1.75||$4|
|heavy duty piano hinge (36" length)||4||Home Depot||$5.50||$22|
|Mini roller refills||2 packs (of 2@)||Home Depot||$3||$6|
|wood screws (for hinges)||200||Home Depot||$16.50||$17|
|double-loop chain||16'? Make it 18'||Home Depot||$0.62||$11|
|3" barrel bolts||8||Kent||$3.99||$32|
|Paint||4l|| Kent - Painter's Touch (Red, Yellow, Green, Blue)
or maybe Tremclad (-$.50@, a bit larger, colour?)
|Mini roller kit||1||Kent||$5.49||$6|
|Chalk board paint||2?||Kent||$6.99||$14|
|1" - 1 1/2" x 1/4" bolts||16||John||0||0|
|3" x 1/4" bolts||48||John||0||0|
|1/4" wing nuts||16||John||0||0|
|Exterior glue||1||Steve (on hand)||0||0|
|Strong, thick rope for handles||?||Group Storage room||0||0|
Other bits of "scrap" plywood could be used to make more shelves, or even custom fit content boxes.