Patrol Box

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Project by thiel posted 01-28-2015 04:50 AM 3485 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I work with a completely new scout troop. All the scouts are just 11 years old and they founded the troop themselves. And that means we have no gear!

Built this troop box quick and dirty. Honestly, there are a lot of plans out there for them, but I couldn’t find any that I really liked. This one isn’t very good either, but maybe it will help someone. (I seem to have forgotten to look at this site for examples.)

I made it out of 1/2 inch MDO so that it would be weather resistant, it would take paint well, and it would be light(er) than 3/4 inch material. Piano hinges on the doors. The other side folds down as well, and it has a spot that is sized perfectly for a 2-burner stove.

This is all butt joints with glue and screws. I used epoxy (some of the pot leftover from another project) to cover the screw heads and add a little weatherproofing.

The boys will paint it, and I suspect they will have a good time doing it!

-- --Thiel

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#1 posted 01-28-2015 12:12 PM

Looks good. Great that you are helping a new scout troop. My older boy will crossover in March. My younger son has decided not to move up from Tigers. I looked at possibly making one of these for our camping trips and decided it would have to be to big to support the 60 to 90 people that usually end of on the trip. We always had a pavilion with tables. We used the plastic totes from HD or Target to pack our gear in. Made easier to enlist the older scouts to carry some to the mess area.

Good luck with the Scouts!

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 01-28-2015 02:01 PM

ah, found memories. glad to see someone bringing woodworking to the scouts. I remember having to inventory and clean out patrol boxes before and after every trip. they were quite heavy, but they sure were a nice area to cook when you weren’t backpacking.

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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#3 posted 01-29-2015 02:25 AM

The best projects are the ones that can be used, and I am sure the boys will get good use of this box. I have made a couple different patrol boxes over the years. Good luck with the new troop

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#4 posted 01-29-2015 04:56 AM

Nice! I volunteered for the BSA for 15 years, seeing my three sons (cue the music) through the program. No Eagles, but we had a lot of fun that we might not have had otherwise. I remember a Camporee where one leader got roped into making 15 Patrol boxes out of aluminum, since he was a sheet metal guy. Don’t let some overzealous leader rope you into something you don’t want to/don’t have time for. I had that happen a couple of times. I was doing five jobs for the BSA at the time besides my job (Cubmaster, Den Leader, Webelos Den Leader, Assistant Scoutmaster, and Cub Scout Round Table Commissioner), and was still not learning to say no. My wife thinks I’m going to be Cubmaster for my our grandchildren. Hah! Their parents had better step up, end of story. I’m more than willing to provide counsel, but I’m not camping on the ground, ever again.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#5 posted 01-29-2015 02:17 PM

That’s cool. From the thumbnail, I first thought it was a civil war camp desk. Almost exactly the same.

-- “Don't yet rejoice in his defeat, you men! Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again.” —Bertolt Brecht

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