Here's a look into my make-shift chuck box.
I've played with it, and it was fun! However, I have no clue how well it's going to work in The Real Outdoors.
To function as a camp kitchen, the footlocker has to be laid as such:
In this way, the lid can be used as work space. ...First, however, I need to secure it with some jack chain, like the lid in this Boy Scout patrol box:
I placed four screw eyes:
Now I just need to purchase some jack chain, and I will--theoretically--be all set.
Okay, now it's time to pack 'er up for a pretend camping trip!
I placed some screw eyes in the bottom of the box, so I can secure liquids with a bungee cord:
Next, I purchased a 12x24 camp grill for 10 bucks. It fits nicely in the bottom:
Now it's time for the dishpans, plates, bowls, mixing bowl, and cutting boards:
We can't forget our camp mugs for camp coffee!
And our mess kit and spatula:
There is still a decent amount of room left for another item or two, such as a frying pan, dutch oven, or percolator. Unfortunately, there's not enough room for all of those things, but that's really okay. I don't think I would be able to lift the box with all that stuff in there.
And now we are left with the two trays that rest on the top of the box. I created some dividers within the trays using paint stirrers that I "cemented" in with wood glue:
In go the trays...
The trays are even deep enough for me to add a second layer:
And, when we get to camp, we will unpack the box and put it in position (that is the one drawback of my improvised chuck box--we can't just open it up and go to work).
Our handy-dandy trays will set on "top."
Inside the box, we have room to set supplies:
And extra work space!
Now the hard part...we have to wait until August to use it.