There are two big changes from most boxes. First the top is open, this allows easy access to the stove and reminds me of the old Volkswagon buses that had built in stoves. Second, the front doors open to the side instead of dropping down. Most people think that it is nice to have a work space in front of the box but I think the drop down table makes it hard to reach the stove. When this box is sitting on a picnic table, I use the table as a work space and can easily reach the stove.
The the sides of the box are made from 1/2" plywood with a 1/4" inner shelf, doors and back panel. Everything is held together with framing brackets. No glue or nails.
The box holds everything I need to cook, clean and serve for 4 people. At camp, the pots hang on the left hand side to dry and the spatula and other utensils hang on the right. There is a spare propane canister behind the stove and the plastic tubs are used for washing dishes.
Step 1: Construction / Framing
Side pieces =1/2" plywood 16"x18" Qty 2
Big shelf / Bottom = 22"X16" 1/4" Qty 2
Back Panel = 23" X18" 1/4"
Front Doors = 13 1/2"X 23" 1/4" (Cut in Half)
Thin Shelf = 22"X18" 1/4"
Outside corner brackets Qty 4
Inside corner brackets Qty 4
Brass cup hooks
1/4" X 1/2" Round head sheet metal screws
Shelf brackets = 1"X2" strips 17" long Qty 2
Small hinges Qty 4
Small L brackets Qty 4
Small bolts with Nylock nuts and bolts.
The main structural shape of the box is an H with a bottom piece. The two sides, main shelf and bottom of the H are 1/2"
One of the problems of working with plywood is how to attach the pieces because you can not nail or screw into the end pieces. I chose a simple solution that only uses screws and sheet metal brackets. The brackets were attached with galvanised sheet-metal screws while the 1/4" plywood was attached using bolts, nylock bolts and washers
The box is made up of two side pieces and two main shelves from 1/2" plywood. The front doors, second shelf and back panel are 1/4" plywood. I used deck stain to protect the plywood.
The top shelf is attach using inside angle brackets. These provide support and also fit flush under the shelf.
The bottom piece is attached to the side pieces using large angle brackets.
The back panel is attached with small angle brackets. The panel is important because it make the box stronger and prevents the box from bending side to side.
The doors open to the sides on hinges.
Strong metal handles were attached to either side.