Introduction: Plywood Storage Case
This is a plywood case I built for a Expedition Blue Flame 14 inch triple burner Camping stove.
It is made of 1/2 inch cdx plywood. The entire case was made with about 3/4 of a sheet of wood. This ible is more for the concept of making a case as compared to making this exact case. The concept of a case or box has very wide applications. This is the one I needed but yours will probably be different. Take what you need and ask questions. I love to give my 2 cents.
Step 1: Layout
The camp stove this case is for measures about 49 inches long, 14 inches wide, and 9 inches tall. There is also a few extra things needed to go in the box like the removable legs and windscreen. They are small to include but needed so I will build a little extra height for them.
Step 2: Construction
This is essentially a large box. Many things in wood working break down into building some form of a box and a simple case is great practice to hone in techniques.
All boxes have similar attributes. For our case the top of the box will be separate but boxes have 6 sides in 3d.
On our case the top will be separated by a hinge. The rest will be solid. I start out cutting all the peices for the top bottom and sides.
Once all cutting is complete I start assembly. I take the bottom and start adding sides. I use 90 degree clamps to hold up the side peices while I use an air stapler to attach them down. I also use glue to help hold. Once everything is built I go back through and put in screws for more strength.
Check out my video of me building my tool chest if you are a little confused by that. (coming next week link will.go here).
Once the bottom and 4 sides are all assembled do a test fit of the item going into the case.
Final step is to add hinges and the lid. For a large case like this it's easier for me to have someone to hold the lid while attaching the hinges.
Step 3: Finishing Extras
To make a case complete a lath to hold it shut is needed. I use simple toolbox style latches. Also on the lid I added extra bit to go over the top.
I also plan to add a handle and wheels to the case to make transport easier. In total the case and camp stove weigh aboit 90 pounds.
Step 4: Finished Case
This is my finished product. The company that makes this camp stove does make a case for it than even has wheels. It is 40 to 60 dollars. The case sold is a nylon fabric bag with suitcase style wheels and held together by a heavy duty zipper. I bet it lasts ok but not forever. The 40 dollar version is just a duffle bag with.no wheels.
I built this case for...
plywood sheet $20.00
wheels free salvage from junk lawnmower or $12.00 at harbor freight
Hinges and clasp less than $10.00
This heavy duty last basically forever plywood case with real go through some grass wheels cost me less than. the manufacturer duffle bag version or even if I needed to buy wheels the same. I beleive plywood wheels could easily made with a circle cutting tool like a jig saw or router removing more cost using the drop peices of plywood.
None of.that really matters. ease your case will likely be different from mine. It does prove the value of DIY. I built a superior product for less money in an afternoon. I hope you can take inspiration from my project. Thanks.
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