back in the wild west on the wagon trains they had these big

wardrobe-like boxes in one of the waggons, where the chef

prepared the food for the travellers when they camped out


so to camp in style once in a while, I figured I could make

my own version of such a chuckbox for my pickup truck


the web, of course, is full of DIY examples (click pic to

find a nice link) so all that's needed really is to do some

planning what I wanted and do the necessary calculations


so first I did a couple of drawings and went to the DIY -

store to get the fir plywood boards cut, nice and squarely


then it's just a matter of assembling everything according

to plan - I used glue and screws to make sure it's solid


in my version, there's a lid and a front flap that doubles oooooooooo

as a sort of table, held together by these two latches ooooo


this is how my chuckbox opens up - on the top there's room for a two flame cooker, to

the left there's going to be a water canister, and below there's room for storage boxes


oooooooooooooooooooo two pieces of string hold the top lid


checking how much to remove from that left storage box that came with the truck


it's also a good moment to clean that truck bed and restore the wooden interior


working in front of father-in-law's fancy garden flat in the rich neighbourhood


add some beer labels and here's the final result - my own removable chuckbox


the cooker is run on spirit because I didn't want a gas bottle inside

add a simple canopy and we're ready to go camping

there are storage racks above the windows and curtains to keep out the cruel sun in the morning

oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cool camper