Homemade Ammunition Boxes

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Homemade Ammunition Boxes
Store various types of ammunition safely in an ammo box. (9s and 5.56s ammunition image by Yanir Taflev from Fotolia.com)

Ammunition boxes are designed for the storage of ammunition, as well as safe transport. They are made of various materials, from cardboard to metal and wood. Ammunition generally comes in cardboard boxes, which may wear out after handling. However, you can make your own durable wooden ammunition box with materials found at various hardware stores. This type of box can be customised for a sleek, finish look if desired. Though this box is made to store ammunition, it can also be used for other storage purposes because of its simple design.

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Things you need

  • Dado set
  • Table saw
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Wood stain
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Measuring tape
  • 1/2-by-8-by-12-inch lumber piece, 2
  • 1/2-by-4-by-6 1/4-inch lumber piece
  • 1-by-4-by-11 1/2-inch lumber piece
  • 1/2-by-4-by-8-inch lumber piece
  • 1-by-3-by-12-inch lumber piece

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  1. 1

    Purchase wooden boards of the appropriate sizes. These can be of any type of wood. If you plan on applying wood stain, choose a wood that can support such a finish.

  2. 2

    Place the two 1/2-by-8-by-12-inch wooden boards on a flat surface. Use the measuring tape to measure 1 inch down on the 8-inch side of the boards, and make a mark with the pencil.

  3. 3

    Adjust your table saw to a setting that will allow you to make 1/2-inch-deep by 3/4-inch-wide grooves in the two pieces of wood. Use the saw to make the grooves on each mark on the pieces of wood.

  4. 4

    Use the measuring tape to measure approximately 1 inch from the 4-inch side of the 1/2-by-4-by-8-inch piece of wood. Use the pencil to mark the measurement.

  5. 5

    Make an additional groove at the mark with the same dado settings adjusted in Step 2.

  6. 6

    Lay the 1-by-3-by-12-inch wooden piece on a flat surface. The 3-inch side should be placed against the surface to serve as the bottom side of the ammunition box.

  7. 7

    Place the 1/2-by-8-by-12-inch pieces on each side of the bottom part of the box. The pieces should be parallel to each other with the grooves facing inward at the top of the box.

  8. 8

    Mount the side pieces to the bottom with nails. Make sure the nails are evenly spaced between 1 and 2 inches apart from each other.

  9. 9

    Insert the 1/2-by-4-by-8-inch piece at the back of the box to serve as a backside. The grooves cut in this piece should be at the top of the box.

  10. 10

    Secure the back piece to the box with the hammer and nails. Make sure the nails are 1 to 2 inches apart.

  11. 11

    Place the 1/2-by-4-by-6 1/4-inch piece of wood at the front of the box, parallel to the back piece. The top edge of this piece of wood should be aligned with the bottom of the grooves you made in the side pieces of the ammunition box.

  12. 12

    Use the nails and hammer to secure the piece of wood in place. The nails should be 1 to 2 inches apart.

  13. 13

    Use a paintbrush to apply the desired wood stain to the box and the 1-by-4-by-11 1/2-inch piece, which will serve as the lid to the box. Apply the number of coats needed to reach the desired look.

  14. 14

    Allow enough time for the wood stain to dry. Read the label on the wood stain to determine the drying time. Drying time will depend on the brand of wood stain.

  15. 15

    Insert the 1-by-4-by-11 1/2-inch piece of wood in the grooves at the sides of the box and slide it to the back piece.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use different paint colours, instead of wood stain, to colour code the boxes if you have more than one.
  • Customise the size of the pieces of wood to fit different types of ammo.
  • Use caution when working with the table saw. Wear gloves and eye glasses for protection against potential hazards.

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