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Discussion in 'DIY and Traditional crafts' started by Wayland, Jun 14, 2019.
My moms had one for years - never gave it much thought until recently.
Saw this the other day and thought of you
I did think of making a bigger one but I'm getting to the point where I have to think about the available packing space in the van these days.
The one I just made should fit into a gap between the tent poles and bed frame on the left axle and the tool chest and hardware boxes on the right axle.
The stuff that normally fills that space are soft bags that can move into spaces on the upper cargo deck and some of the contents of those bags is just the type of stuff that now goes into the chuck box.
Having a set up like that, think of what a wonderful job it will do of making cooking so much easier.
I have a big old plastic fishermans seat for my kitchen kit. It keeps things rationalised but something you can use as a table as well as storage would make life much simpler.
(And just having a box is a big start)
origins seem to come from the chuck wagon so it would make sense as kitchen kit
There was a group of western/cavalry re-enactors at Kirby Hall one year that had a wagon with a fantastic Chuck Box on the back. Sadly I was in kit at the time so I have no pictures of it.
I was very impressed back then but not into any period work that could make use of it.
The advantage with what we are doing with the STC is that we can take inspiration from pretty well anywhere and do what we like with it.
Sometimes I just can’t stop tinkering with an idea.
I woke up one morning and realised I was missing a trick. Those brass carry handles on the ends would make great hanging points.
I had been looking for a more convenient way to set out the cutlery so I made up a couple of small boxes with bail wire hangers.
When packed, they fit into the lower right compartment, as I would normally pack the lanterns separately anyway.
Oh yes.. As you can see above, I've also picked up an old French coffee biggin for Debs.
It wont fit in the box but it will be something new to experiment with.
Any tips from anyone that's used one before?
Sometimes you just get lucky.
I had been on the lookout for a couple of lanterns that I could hang from the sides for evening illumination and a bit of SteamTent flair.
This weekend, at a boot sale I spotted a replica coach lantern in a box of assorted brass ware.
As I picked it up the seller said "There's another of those in there somewhere." sure enough, after a rummage and a couple of coins exchanging hands, I had my pair, just right.
The cheap oil lamp inserts leaked a bit when I tried them out so I made some simple trench candles out of pipe fittings to replace them and here we are, all done just in time for my next camp.
Two things (while I wipe the drool off my keyboard):
1. Do I see a nutmeg grater built into the handle of the smaller nested ladle?
2. Set out as she is, what is the working height of the bench top?
> cofffee could not taste better in the morning than from that set.
I think you are looking at my Kuksa and Milk Scop and the engraved reindeer antler handle.
At the moment it sits on whatever table I place it on.
That works well enough for me I think. I'm don't think I'll put legs on it.
I'm not a coffer drinker but I'm sure Debs will enjoy it.
Certainly, I was. Had this nutter idea to have the nutmeg grater a part of a handle for something.
Your collection is outstanding pieces.
What do you keep in the round wooden case?
Nutmeg grater in the handle of a wooden spatula: grind nutmeg and cinnamon into the milk, then use the spatula to stir the milk while it warms...
It currently holds a selection of crewel wool that Debs is using for her embroidery.
That looks great Wayland
So here it is in use with my new Baker Tent.