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Project by Russell posted 07-29-2012 07:55 PM 18311 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been designing this storage box in my head for years but have been putting off building it due to other “priorities”. Everyone has a favorite piece of gear, my favorite is my 1953 Coleman model 220E lantern. Despite my procrastination I still managed to finish the box ahead of the deadline I set a few years ago. As it will be 50 years old in the spring, I am hoping a proper home will keep it safe and dry for another 50.
Inside on the bottom there is a shallow space with lid where spares can be kept handy. The leather strap and split dowel handle was used instead of a metal grab handle to keep the top clear. As you can see the lantern can be placed on top or the box can be used as a stool for around the campfire etc.

-- Russell , Indiana County, PA

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#1 posted 07-29-2012 08:45 PM

Very nice storage box! Well built!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 07-29-2012 09:03 PM

Beautiful box for a great old lantern. Have you thought of showing it off on the Coleman Collectors Forum?

( another vice of mine, Colemans )


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#3 posted 07-30-2012 12:31 AM

Russell, nice project. This box is both utilitarian and decorative. I especially like the Colman decal and warning label. The handle and stool idea justify the beefy construction. I would probably have added a chain to the lid to take the strain off of the screws holding the hinges and maybe a pad for the seat, or have had a flat top for a table.

I associate the hiss and glow of a Colman lantern with all my camping experiences. It just doesn’t seem like camping to me with a battery-powered light source. I take it the storage source is for extra mantles and a wrench? Thanks for sharing this with us.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 08-01-2012 12:11 PM

Very nice case, I recently received three different coleman lanterns. Two ‘modern’ ones (didn’t get numbers off of them, but they’ve got red plastic shell cases with them…) and one vintage 200a

I haven’t had the opportunity to fire that one up yet, however I’ll never part with it. It was my grandparents’ lantern and they’ve both passed now, so it is a reminder of happier times.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#5 posted 04-12-2013 02:35 AM

wow. they should hire you to build cases for a reissue of the lanterns. really nice work.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#6 posted 10-25-2016 10:07 AM

Wow ! Wonderful job. I too have been putting off making a storage box for ours. The original cardboard box finally fell apart in our move this spring and now I really need to get on it. Thanks for the inspiration. Love your box !


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