The other side of fine wood working, shipping crates

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Project by PASs posted 10-22-2011 06:01 AM 2868 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not everything is furniture or pretty.
Since I “retired” I’ve picked up a job sub-contracting to build shipping crates for the Navy.
This set holds 300 pound retaining pins for aircraft carrier arresting gear wire sheaves.
I used Google Sketchup for the design and material estimates.
The morning I got there they told me the design I had, for two pins per crate, should be one pin per crate.
So in about 30 minutes I whipped out the laptop and redesigned the crates.
Then in 6 hours I built 5 crates.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#1 posted 10-22-2011 06:26 AM

Pretty cool actually. Good to still be employed, many are struggling. I am assuming that you served in the miltary by your avatar. Thank you for your service, I really appreciate it.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 10-22-2011 09:46 AM

The only thing missing is a fancy finish :)
AAA design, AAA materials and AAA execution.
And on top of everything it’s useful.
Great project mate.

-- Dave -

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#3 posted 10-23-2011 08:00 AM

I work at a welding/machine shop and we manufacture parts for a company commonly known as “GA” that get shipped cross country. Those parts are 550# worth of 1” thick aluminum plates…. unfortunately that’s all I can say about them. I’m the only one with any wood knowledge in the shop so I’m they go-to guy for building crates. The shipping receiving guys at GA have commented on how much they they like my crates. And yes, unlike most projects on here, they are quite ugly, but damn stout!


-- Ryan, FRMR HMM165 - HMX1 01-10

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