Homemade chuck box

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Homemade chuck box
Chuck boxes help organise camping items as well as food. (camping kitchenware image by Galyna Andrushko from Fotolia.com)

Plan ahead for the next camping trip by building your own chuck box to keep cookware and other supplies at hand. Design your chuck box according to the supplies and cookware you generally take with you when you go camping. This is best method for keeping these items organised, which means you know where they are at all times. Build separate compartments for non-perishable food items as well as pots and pans. Install hooks on the outside of the box to hang cooking utensils on when not in use.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 1 Board, 3/4-inch plywood, 20-by-22 1/2 inches
  • Framing square
  • 1 Board, 3/4-inch plywood, 20-by-15 3/4 inches
  • Wood glue
  • 4-penny finish nails
  • Hammer
  • 1 Board, 3/4-inch plywood, 20-by-13 3/4 inches
  • 2 Boards, 3/4-inch plywood, 20-by-28 1/2 inches
  • 2 Boards, 3/4-inch plywood, 20-by-24 inches
  • 1 Board, 1/4-inch plywood, 30-by-24 inches
  • 2-penny box nails
  • 1 Board, 3/4-inch plywood, 30-by-24 inches
  • Hinges
  • Door latch

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Position the 20-by-22 1/2 plywood board on the worktable so the 20-inch edges are on your right and left. Make marks at 4 and 4 3/4 inches from the right side. Place the framing square on the marks and draw lines across the plywood. Turn it over so the same side is still on your right and make marks at 8 and 8 3/4 inches. Draw lines here as well. This is divider 1.

  2. 2

    Lay the 20-by-15 3/4 board on the worktable. Position it as you did the first piece. Measure from the right and make marks at 8 and 8 3/4 inches. Draw lines across the plywood as before. Glue one 20-inch edge, turn it so the lines are facing up and secure it to the divider between the lines at 8 and 8 3/4 inches with the finish nails.

  3. 3

    Glue one 20-inch edge of the 20-by-12 inch plywood. Secure it to the other side of the divider with the finish nails. Next, glue the 20-inch edge of the 20-by-13 3/4 board and secure it between the lines on the 15 3/4-inch board. This is divider 2.

  4. 4

    Put one of the 20-by-28 1/2 boards on the worktable and mark it at 12 and 12 3/4-inches from a 20-inch edge. Draw lines as you did before. Set divider 1 between the lines and secure it with the finish nails.

  5. 5

    Measure from one 20-inch edge of the remaining 20-by-28 1/2 board and make marks at 12, 12 3/4, 20 3/4 and 21 1/2 inches. Draw lines across the plywood as before. Secure this piece to the top of both dividers between the lines.

  6. 6

    Place one of the 20-by-24 boards on the worktable. From one 20-inch edge, make marks at 4 3/4 and 5 1/2 inches. Draw lines across the plywood as before. Secure this piece to the right side of the box with the finish nails placing the 12-inch shelf between the lines and the top and bottom to the ends of this piece.

  7. 7

    Mark the remaining 20-by-24 board 8 3/4 and 9 1/2 inches from one 20-inch edge. Draw lines across the plywood. Secure it to the left side of the box with the finish nails placing the 15 3/4-inch shelf between the lines and the top and bottom to the ends of this piece.

  8. 8

    Run a bead of glue on all the 3/4-inch edges of the assembly that are facing up and secure the 30-by-24-by-1/4-inch plywood board to it with the 2-penny box nails. Install hinges and a latch on the 30-by-24 board according to the manufacturer's instructions. Install it on the box with the provided screws.

Tips and warnings

  • Set all the finish nails with a nail set and fill the holes with putty if desired.
  • Clean up excess glue immediately with a damp cloth.
  • Do not leave tools within the reach of children.

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