Chainsaw Box Project Planning via Sketchup #1: Planning vs Execution

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Blog entry by ratchet posted 04-01-2013 02:08 PM 7575 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Lately I’ve scratched my head and wondered why I didn’t do things a different way. Come to learn its because I did not plan it out beforehand. Tired of wasting wood and redoing projects so I’m committed to planning things out basically with Sketchup before putting blade to wood!
Here are the basic shots of a box I need for my favorite chainsaw -a modified Echo CS-400 with an 18” blade. Its a screeamer and just goes and goes. I dispise the plastic boxes sold commercially so its time for a proper enclosure.

Requirements: Strong, lightweight, looks decent, fully protects chainsaw, enough room for oil, tools, small gas SS container, extra bar, etc…

Going to try frame and panel oak ends for strength, 1/8” thin ply sides for lightness, and maple 33” inside stretchers. Haven’t decided on the top yet. Can’t decide if a 2 hinged top that meets in the middle or one big door is best. Thoughts?

I think it will be interesting to see how it turns out compared with the Sketchup plans drawn. And how much wood I waste vs. previous simple projects.

Comments as always are appreciated.

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David Theller

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#1 posted 04-01-2013 03:05 PM

I’ve considered making one of these as well, I’m just waiting on my plastic case to break so I have an excuse to make one. My biggest worry is that I will make it too heavy by trying to make it strong enough to ride in a truck bed, then go on the back of a ATV. The other problem I’m having planning this, is coming up with a way to hold the saw and supplies in the box as it travels around. Sorry to go on, but Id like to hear your opinion on it. Also, I would make it two halves of the lid, that way you can get supplies out without getting the rest of the box exposed to the elements.

-- if at first you don't succeed, get the bigger hammer

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#2 posted 04-01-2013 03:08 PM

4×4s and 1” ply…...and wheels!


Sounds like a workable plan to me.

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#3 posted 04-01-2013 04:07 PM

Holding the saw inside will be interesting, with thin ply sides it could move and puncture them if dropped or whatever. If it did end up too heavy, you could mount roller blade type wheels at one end and a handle at the other kind of like a rolling duffel.

-- Marty, Wilmington, OH, learning every day....

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#4 posted 04-01-2013 04:55 PM

Dave; Thanks for the comments. I do plan to keep it in the back of a pickup so it must be strong. It would be easy to make it strong and HEAVY. That wont work for me. I’ll add vertical 3/4×1.25” braces if more strength is needed. Good idea on the lid!.

Dang Yinkee; 4×4 nope, 1” ply negative, wheels…Maybe!!!!

Marty; I plan to add velcro holddowns for the saw and compartments of the other gear. Most of the tools, chains and sharpener will reside in a small military ammo box.

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#5 posted 04-01-2013 09:37 PM

looks like a sturdy design. I think thin plywood would be fine because of all the reinforcement at the edges and corners. You probably could partition the box to keep supplies isolated to the side of the blade/chain. That’s keep the saw from bouncing around too.
I like your idea of a split top. Show pictures when you are done.


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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