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Old 04-22-2011, 05:52 PM
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It just dawned on me that a good portable chuck box is something I dont have. Anyone know where to get one?? Wooden?? Its a great idea to have all your kitchen gear all together and ready to go. Anyone else think its a good idea??
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I made mine, we use it when we go camping.
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Ahhh, the light dawns. Chuck box? I didn't figure out what you meant in the title or the first couple of sentences. LOL we have one only we call it a kitchen box...sometimes i wonder if all of us in the USA speak the same language. our chuck box is in reality a hard plastic storage box that has lids built- in on 2 flaps which close and interlock from the long sides of the box. it has piano type hinges. we got 2 at Walmart years ago. the ends have handles for carrying and there is a hole which goes through the lids and the box edge to keep the lids closed, which is real handy when camping to keep small critters out of them. yep, we keep all our kitchen gear in one, and keep all our foodstuff for camping in the other. works out great. especially like that lockable lids feature. being plastic it is easy to put everything out and wipe it down to maintain cleanliness. look in the tool section, i think thats where we found them years ago. wish i had more for some of my stores!
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I get jealous everytime I see somebody with one while camping
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This feature is one of my fav things about teardrop trailers. I think a trailer with a truck box is soo practical.
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There are several places that make the old fashioned traditional ones. They mostly cater to civil war reenactors or rendezvous reenactors. You might try If they don't have it, do some searching for suppliers to the above reenactors. I have seen several in my browsing through rendezvous suppliers and such. You could get a list of these at
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It just dawned on me that a good portable chuck box is something I dont have. Anyone know where to get one?? Wooden?? Its a great idea to have all your kitchen gear all together and ready to go. Anyone else think its a good idea??

This might help -
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hanks for the links MikeK and Hiker72
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Plans to make your own:,,
The other option is a $5 foot long from subway
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I made one earlier this year to use up a bunch of scrap wood I had sitting around the house. What I learned was that the old ones I remembered from my Boy Scout days were way over-engineered. My box uses 1/2 inch plywood instead of 3/4 inch. I also used 1X2s for making the legs. This helped cut don on the weight.

Having made one, I know I could make another even better, and cut don on the weight. I was kind of inspired in my design by the grubby one by Blue Sky Kitchens. My box was made way too big, but it works well. If I were making it again, I could cut the size and weight by probably 25%.
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Had a Scout troop, back in the 80's.
We got plans for them, but for the life of me, can't remember where, unless it was out of the scout book.
That said , they sure are handy, if you have a base camp.
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I, too, fondly remember custom built chuck boxes from the Boy Scouts.

Given the material cost, and labor, I believe that I'll try to use an aluminum or plastic truck tool box.

Yes, I know it's not the same as a wood box, but my way will be weather-proof and left outdoors.
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Its funny you mention this. I was on a Scounting campout last weekend. The one thing I noticed was none of the dens in the pack had one. I clearly remember having one when I was in the Scouts. So I have several different plans and intend on buidling one very soon. As I build I will be documenting and I will post.
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The Boy Scout Patrol Leaders Handbook has plans in it. You might check with the local Boy Scout Council for a copy.
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My patrol had one when I was in Scouting. Over-engineered is a matter of opinion! Ours had been built about 20 years before we got it, and I know for a fact it was still in use 10 years ago. (doing math in my head) That's about 50 years of use, with the occasional coat of paint.

Ours had a collection of notebooks. Every camping trip logged one page. It was interesting to look back and see who the old people who used to be scouts.

Google "Boy Scout patrol box plans"

OK, perhaps they were over-engineered. I just saw some images of 4 kids hauling them on a trail and remembered a swamp hike.
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I'm lazy in my old age. I do remember the wooden 'kitchen-in-a-crate' that my friend's dad made back in the 60s that resided in the back of the station wagon. It was great. But now, there are cheap plastic totes with watertight lids. lol
They are soooo lightweight and stackable.
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I remember building one 43 years ago when DW and I were first married. We went tent camping every weekend. I do not remember what happened to it. We had our Coleman stove, cooking utensils, plates and everything else needed for the kitchen. We have downsized our camper to a pop-up. I could still make a similar box for the outside cooking stuff. Thanks for the memories.
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I bought a nice metal chuck box out of Cabela's outfitter catalogue. There are several other outfitter stores that serve the backcountry horseman crowd. I see them set up their wares at Mule Days each year.
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