Lumberjocking...Bigger crates

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Project by PASs posted 10-22-2011 06:29 AM 3271 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Biggest crates to date
3 each 4 foot by 4 foot by 15 foot shipping crates for aircraft carrier catapult water brakes.
Each water brake weighs 13,000 pounds.
The cradles are 2 4×6s 44 inches long mated together with 3/4 plywood and bolted to the bottom with 1/2×14 carriage bolts. I cut the contour for the cradles on a REALLY BIG band saw.
The first crate was completely screwed together with a drill and driver bit…used the framing nailer for the 2nd and 3rd ones.
First crate took 25 hours to build…I’ve got it down to 8 now…all by myself.

Just finished a bid for a 4×4x27 (that’s FEET) crate for an arresting barricade. That will be fun to handle.

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

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#1 posted 10-22-2011 06:31 AM

I think that you may have to hire an assistant with all of these crates!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 10-22-2011 10:02 AM

Do they reuse those crates?

-- Dave -

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#3 posted 10-22-2011 01:00 PM

DaveGlx, Some they do, some they don’t.
I plan on salvaging any I find out they are going to discard.
Unfortunately, the cost to store crates is a little high…considering you have to have a warehouse where they may just sit for years before they are reused.

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

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#4 posted 10-22-2011 01:03 PM

I think it rocks!
We can almost call it rocket sience…
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#5 posted 10-22-2011 02:57 PM

truly some very fine woodworking… contract specs can be very demanding… and when you do it, you do it big. well done.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 10-22-2011 03:55 PM

I love seeing that old DoAll saw. It brought back memories of my Tool & Die days.

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#7 posted 10-22-2011 06:28 PM

The funny part is I know what the crates are for. Nice job building those to hold something that big and heavy.

-- Chief Petty Officer USN(RET) 1991-2011

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#8 posted 10-22-2011 06:53 PM

One of my first jobs was building crates, and I still have some fond memories of making them. I am glad to see someone making them as a business. Thanks for sharing, the crates look awesome.

-- Mel,

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