Dan OCanna (ocanna@ALPHA.CAER.UKY.EDU)
Wed, 3 May 1995 14:51:10 EDT
Carol Bruer and I have been discussing keeping the Wood Badge equipment in
shape in our respective courses, and I mentioned our Council's patrol boxes.
They were built for our WB course 3 years ago and have really done the trick.
Yesterday I read a posting on Scouts-L from Lew Bolling praising the boxes
Carroll Hale had made, and listing Carroll's address. Knowing no plans
are available but having discussed P-box construction for several days
here is a summary. Included is extracted information from recent E-mail
I've had with Carroll Hale pertaining to P-box design The most important
idea being to set the dimensions to fit the equipment stored and the folks
lugging the boxes.
>Yes I designed and built (with the help of Jim Ringe and Don Stanko) the
>patrol boxes. The design is not original with me. I just refined it
>somewhat. That is, I made the box fit the contents! Once the decisions
>regarding what was to be included were made, I measured everything and
>tried to set up shelving that was space efficient and use convient. I
>related all this to standard plywood sheeting dimensions (48" X 96") and
>tried to build as lightly as I could consistent with the abuse such boxes
>must take. Technically speaking, the box is apple crate (stressed-skin)
>construction in the form of a drop-side box mounted on A-frame legs.
>The joints are made by gluing and clinch-nailing pieces of 3/4" square
>stock (ripped from 1" nominal thickness boards) to the edges of some
>sections and gluing/clinch-nailing other elements on.
>BTW, the main box was made of 1/2" plywood with the exception of the
>drop-down door which was made of 3/4" plywood for its greater rigidity.
>One fairly important consideration ... the drop-down door (worktable)
>fits under/between lips at its top and side edges. This makes it more
>weather-tight and also helps prevent "racking" of the carcase. This makes
>placing of the hinges aand figuring the door dimensions a little tricky,
>but any decent carpenter can figure it out. Oh yeah, I believe I put a
>stop for the top edge of the door to mate against.
>BEAVERS GET THE JOB DONE
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City