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Project by MrWhit posted 07-14-2021 08:17 PM 1493 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For my brother’s 40th (3 years ago now. Oops) I made him this Cedar Chuck Box inspired by wannigans used by canoers and trappers back in the day. 32 hand cut dovetails (not counting the little sidecar) in red cedar. The lid is rabbeted to fit and the pressure from the strap keeps it down when transporting it. The strap holders were attached using bookbinding bolts to keep things flush and the little side car can hitch a ride and hold small items up off the ground. The strap can be adjusted 2 ways for shoulder or forehead carry. 2 coats of oil with 2 coats and counting of wax.

15’‘H x 12’‘W x 22”L





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 07-14-2021 08:46 PM

good looking box – forehead carry ?

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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therealSteveN

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#2 posted 07-14-2021 09:21 PM



good looking box – forehead carry ?

- recycle1943

Pretty sure it would be like a Trappers basket, and become something of a backpack, strap goes across forehead. Some trappers baskets have a webbed design, that fits over the skull. Pop a hat on over it, and it stays put.

That is an amazing looking chuck box. Love that wood, and through DTs always show well. My wish would be 2 of them, saddled on a horses back. The cook commeth…....

-- Think safe, be safe

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oldrivers

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#3 posted 07-14-2021 09:31 PM

Nice box good workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 07-14-2021 09:33 PM

beautiful box,nice dovetail work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 07-14-2021 09:46 PM

Really great project. I can see a lot of great uses for it. Your dovetail work is first rate. That straddle box is a real clever idea. Your box is quite reminiscent of Champaign Furniture.

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#6 posted 07-14-2021 10:55 PM

Nice job MrW... Being a Leigh D4R tragic, I admire hand cut dovetails… especially when well executed. That hitch hiker tray/box is super neat.

But for my ”however”... I find it easier to chuck in the gutter.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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PCDub

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#7 posted 07-15-2021 03:16 AM



good looking box – forehead carry ?

- recycle1943


It’s called a tumpline

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#8 posted 07-15-2021 04:03 AM

Very nice work.

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#9 posted 07-15-2021 09:04 AM

That is very well done.

-- Petey

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James E McIntyre

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#10 posted 07-15-2021 03:30 PM

good looking box – forehead carry ?

- recycle1943

Pretty sure it would be like a Trappers basket, and become something of a backpack, strap goes across forehead. Some trappers baskets have a webbed design, that fits over the skull. Pop a hat on over it, and it stays put.

That is an amazing looking chuck box. Love that wood, and through DTs always show well. My wish would be 2 of them, saddled on a horses back. The cook commeth…....

- therealSteveN

Fine work Mr Whit! Head carrying is not for my whiplashed neck. Ouch.

-- James E McIntyre

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JimYoung

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#11 posted 07-18-2021 11:53 AM

Beautiful execution!

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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