Then reality set in. I didn't have access to a good wood shop. The box would probably be fairly heavy if made of wood. It would probably cost a fair amount given lumber prices these days. So I decided I should buy something.
I thought of a few different criteria that needed to be met -
- sturdy - the box should be able to take a fair amount of abuse
- size - it needs to be big enough to hold a fair amount, but not big enough to generate a huge wind load
- one piece - anything that snaps together seems destined for disaster on the playa
After some searching, which took a lot longer than you would think, we ran across this box in Wal-mart garden section which seemed to fit the bill. A couple weeks after I saw an even better box in another Wal-mart in the auto section. C'est la vie.
Note the plastic lid restraints failed immediately so I replaced them with some paracord.
Total project cost:
$12 (3 LED solar garden lights)
$20 (2 LED solar flood lights)
$45 (for the box)