Camp Box

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Project by missingdigitworkshop posted 11-03-2009 04:03 AM 28102 views 19 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a custom camp box built to be used by local Cub Scout troop.

The front and back panels can be removed and attached to the sides to make a table and food prep surface. It is on wheels for easy transport. The logos are wood burned and it has 3 coats of clear satin poly.

The case and shelves are 5/8 ply and the deawers are 1/2 ply with 1/4 ply drawer dividers and drawer bottoms.

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#1 posted 11-03-2009 04:12 AM

Great job looks like it does it all


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#2 posted 11-03-2009 04:19 AM

This is really cool. Do you have plans for this? I am the quarter master for my sons’ boy scout troop and we just started the troop. I have been looking for plans for patrol boxes and this is the best one that I have seen so far.

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#3 posted 11-03-2009 04:43 AM

Around these parts, we call that a hurricane box…

Seriously I need to throw one of those together. I want to have something I can roll out of the bed of my truck, and start cooking with without spending a couple of hours setting up. Those patrol boxes are GREAT…

I must admit though, your design is the first one I have seen on wheels. Did you do your own design or was that a plan from somewhere?

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#4 posted 11-03-2009 04:46 AM

That is an awesome project for a great use / cause. Congratulations, BTKS

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#5 posted 11-03-2009 04:55 AM

I do not have any plans to speak of because I made it as I went. It is 24×24 x 28H. The stove compartment is 4 1/2 tall and just deep enough to house the stove. The remaining area behind the stove is blocked off and holds the propane bottles used to fuel the stove. The three drawers are made to slide all the way through so you have access on both sides. All the shelves are in dadoes. The front and back are held in place with eyebolts that double as loops to connect your bongi cords when you have items strapped to the top. The wheels are from Harbour Freight and are on sale from time to time for 5.99. They are on a 5/8 pipe that runs through the box.

Hope this helps but let me know if you have any other questions or want more detailed photos.

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#6 posted 11-03-2009 05:36 AM

Very cool, I can see them getting alot of use out of this, and the wood burned logos are a very nice touch. Well done.

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#7 posted 11-03-2009 05:52 AM

very practical cool

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#8 posted 11-03-2009 08:27 AM

Very cool. It is soooo great to see dads like you involved with the scouts.

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#9 posted 11-03-2009 04:34 PM

Great job! Good description of construction. Can you tell us a little about how the front and back attach and are secured in both the closed position and the “ready-to-use” position. Thanks and keep up the great job for your pack. With a dad like you to help him along, he’ll be an Eagle before you know it!!

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#10 posted 11-04-2009 03:51 AM

I have to make one of these, seems like every time I go camping it takes forever to set up the kitchen, this would make it a snap! Great job.

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#11 posted 11-04-2009 05:17 AM

The front and back panels are identical. They have two hanger bolts in the bottom with the woodscrew section in small blocks attached to the bottom of the panel and the machined part placed in holes drilled in the bottom of the box. This secures the bottom of the panel.

The top of the panel has two blocks attached and a hole drilled through it from the side. When the panel is closed an eyebolt is screwed through the side of the box and into the blocks attached to the panels. For the back the eyebolt also goes through the handle support.

In the “ready to use” position the panel are attached to the sides by simply sticking the hanger bolts through the eyebolt holes and securing them with wing nuts.

One change I have to make is to replace the eyebolts and hanger bolt with stainless ones. As fate would have it it rained the entire weekend on it’s maiden voyage and of course everything rusted. I will try to post a video on YouTube if I can this weekend.

Let me know if you have any more questions.

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#12 posted 11-04-2009 05:37 PM

Nice design…....never thought about using wheels on a patrol box. Ours are functional, but the design makes them top heavy and rather heavy when loaded with camp essentials. Makes the boys pant rather heavily when carrying to camp site. Looks like the Troop is going to get a new project. Thanks

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#13 posted 11-09-2009 01:12 AM

I have posted a video on YouTube to give a little more information on the box. Just search Camp Box and it should be the first video in the list. The full title is Camp Box / Patrol Box. Hope this gives you more detail. Let me know if you have any questions.

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#14 posted 12-07-2009 05:36 AM

this is just what we were talking about at deer camp this year. great looking project and I am going to attempt to build one. if you come up with other thoughts or plans that would be awesome.

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#15 posted 12-09-2009 05:08 AM


In the next version I plan to move the drawers to run down the side. I will also make a set of slots for foils and plastic wraps. Moving the drawers will allow me to increase the heighth between the shelves. I’ll post when it is finished.

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