1. Bore holes in the corners of each board. Place these about 1" from corner; make size to allow rope to slip through easily.

2. Sand edges and corner holes.

3. Tie overhand knot (see chapter on Braiding and Knot-

Steps For Hanging Shelves

Variation - Book shelves, ting, Fig. 11-21) in end of one rope, and slip the rope through the hole in bottom shelf; make another overhand knot just under, place for second shelf; repeat for top shelf, and carry rope over to opposite corner of top shelf, allowing for loop to hang shelf (Fig. XVI-40). Do same in opposite corner. Repeat on other two corners. Hang shelves on a tree limb, and adjust knots so shelves hang evenly. Knots may be adjusted without untying them. Ropes at top may be whipped together, and an additional piece of rope tied there to hang shelves to tree, etc.; or one length of rope may be used to go through first and second set of corners, and another length for third and fourth sets.

Steps For A Food Box (Dry Cache, Fig. XVI-41)

1. Cut cloth size to stretch around top and bottom shelves, allowing for 1/2" to be turned under.

2. Sew in zipper in front, making a tube of cloth; or use without zipper, having an overlap in front, to be secured with snaps or ties.

3. Tack the cloth in place at the three shelves.

Steps For A Cooler (Wet Cache, Fig. Xv1-42)

1. Cut cloth long enough to gather at the bottom of shelves, and to fold over the top of the top shelf; add zipper, snaps, or ties, as desired, and tack in place at the shelves.

2. Tie end of cloth under shelves in a loose overhand knot, or whip together loosely.

3. Place a shallow pan (such as a deep pie pan, or a 9" square cake pan) on top of cache. Slit the corners of the cloth at top, and place the pieces in the pan so they soak up the water.

4. Keep the pan filled with water; hang cooler in a dry, shady spot with good circulation. Wet sides of cloth, so that water drips off end. The cloth will keep wet, and evaporation of the water will keep contents cool. (This is not a refrigerator, however!)

Chest With Tray

This is a woodworking project, to be planned and carried out by an individual or by a group. A small box could be one camper's treasure chest, a larger one a food or kitchen equipment box, or a program supply or equipment box. The project is described with a tray, to indicate a step in progression.

Equipment needed: hammer; crosscut saw; ruler and square; reamer or countersink; screwdriver; bit and brace; sandpaper.

Chest With Tray

Materials needed: lumber as needed for specific box (read directions); nails, screws; hinges-metal or leather; rope for handles.


1. Decide on size of box, and on the lumber necessary. Plywood (use outdoor plywood, if box will be used outdoors) or scrap lumber can be used. Measurements will depend somewhat on wood available.

2. Measure pieces and cut them to size. If material is mill cut, use side and one end as a corner (Fig. XVI-43). There will be 1 bottom (A), 2 ends (B), front and back (C) and top (D). Top may be 1/2 wider and 1" longer than bottom (A) to give a fingerhold for lifting cover.

3. Assemble with screws or nails; screws make the box stronger, and must be used with plywood. Countersink holes before screwing. Fill holes with plastic wood, if desired.

4. Bore holes in ends for rope handles; tie ropes with overhand knots inside holes, or make ring grommets (see chapter on Braiding and Knotting, Figs. 11-105-107).

5. Sand all edges.

6. Attach metal hinges to cover and back, or make leather hinges tacked on with upholstery nails (Fig. XVI-45).

7. To make removable tray Fig. XVI-46 E: the bottom of tray may be wallboard, masonite, or 14" plywood; sides may be 1/2" pine strips or similar. Cut bottom of tray 2" shorter than inside length of chest; and 1/2" shorter than inside width of chest. Cut side strips so they will slip in and out of chest easily. Cut end strips to fit inside the side strips on tray bottom. Nail or screw tray together at bottom, setting end strips inside side strips, at edges of bottom, so there are finger spaces between sides of tray and sides of box.

8. Screw 2 pieces 1" square strip on inside ends of chest, the desired height for the tray rests (Fig. XVI-47 a).

9. To finish: sand edges; stain and rub with wax, or paint, or rub with linseed oil and polish with a cloth. Decorate as desired, with stencils, rope, etc.