Work...not art, shipping crates

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Project by PASs posted 01-18-2013 06:40 AM 3935 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I do some subcontracting for the US Navy building shipping crates.
These were for the Improved Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (IFLOS) for an aircraft carrier. IFLOS is part of the equipment Navy pilots use to land their aircraft on aircraft carriers.

This contract was to crate up one system, I ended up building 4 crate covers for existing pallets.
22 sheets of 3/4 CDX plywood, 16 4×4s, 22 2×4s, and about 500 nails and 200 screws.

This helps pay for my tools and truck so I can do the decorative woodworking that I like.

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

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#1 posted 01-18-2013 07:37 AM

what you have here is a big box

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#2 posted 01-18-2013 11:11 AM

Looks like Vegas signage, I want one.

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#3 posted 01-18-2013 01:30 PM

What?? No dovetails? No finger joints?

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#4 posted 01-18-2013 01:45 PM

Really nice jewelry box you made, good use of material, great design…time tested and true…keep up the great work

-- Cosmicturner

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#5 posted 01-18-2013 02:33 PM

Roger ball…. There’s more skill required to make those than most realize. Good job Pete.

-- -Al, Oak Harbor, WA

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#6 posted 01-18-2013 02:56 PM

The structure on that has to be incredible. Nothing can be allowed to move.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 01-18-2013 04:03 PM

Gotta pay the bills so we can play.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#8 posted 01-18-2013 05:10 PM

Hey if it buys tools and pays some bills that’s great.


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#9 posted 01-18-2013 06:20 PM

Is it wrong that I look at something like this, and just think about all of the projects that could be done with the crate once it’s served it’s purpose? That is a lot of plywood.

-- Alex, Los Angeles

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#10 posted 01-18-2013 10:02 PM

I worked for a display company in the past. We had two guy that only built shipping creates to house the disassembled displays. It is an art. I would like to be around when the Navy threw out the used creates.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#11 posted 01-19-2013 02:27 AM

Are they MIL-SPEC, with clinched nails? If so, the pieces will be pretty beat up by the time someone salvages them.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#12 posted 01-19-2013 03:32 AM

Through nails are clinched, but the others are all 3 inch.
The top and one side are screwed on, and all sides are screwed to the bases so they can be disassembled for loading and unloading.

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

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#13 posted 01-19-2013 07:20 PM

Unless they’re standard size containers (which these obviously aren’t) they’re just held onboard until they can offload at a port for disposal. Very occasionally they are loaded up with items to transfer off ship during VERTREP, though most of the time standard tri-wall (cardboard) shipping containers are used.

The only time wood like this gets salvaged is once per year… CPO Induction (or what is now known as CPO 365 Phase 2)... The wood is used by Chief Selectees to make charge book vessels (which some members have posted pictures of on here), shoe shine boxes, hat boxes, coffee mug racks, or various small projects.

Part of the Selectee’s task is to find wood/materials… and this would certainly fit the bill.

-- Big discoveries don't go "Eureka!", they go "Huh. That's funny..." They just as frequently go *bang* and *woosh*...

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#14 posted 01-21-2013 04:29 PM

closest thing to a fancy joint is the top supports (2×4s) that are cut to 45 degree miters to rest on the frame stiles.

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

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