|Project by maddawg308||posted 09-26-2014 09:05 PM||1715 views||7 times favorited||1 comment|
Built this over the course of several years, but I dragged my feet, really only took a day and a half, and that was including a lotta beer breaks. :) I got the idea from a while back, someone else had done the idea before but it was a neat concept, to turn a military cannon shell box into a wine display crate, something that would be a neat piece for someone who enjoyed wine, but wanted a conversation piece as well.
I found some original military cannon shell boxes, but they were too beat up and ant-infested to make nice. So I opted to make an entirely new one, out of standard 1-by lumber from Lowes. The size is exactly the same as the original military crate. I didn’t have any rope on hand to make the handles, so I just made wood handles instead. Lightly sanded the edges, stained with a light coat of cherry stain, and sealed with poly. The hinges and the hasp are original military hinges stolen off the original crates, and painted black. If I had to make more of these for customers, I would have to use off-the-shelf door hinges and hasps, as the military ones are unique to these US-issue crates, and the manufacturer won’t sell them piece by piece to us average people, only in bulk quantity for Govt. contracts, and I can’t seem to find similar pieces anywhere.
And yes, I know the wine bottles are empty – I don’t drink wine much and it’s easier to just pull some empties from the recycling bin for the photos than to buy 7 bottles that will just be sitting around afterwards with no purpose.
So, what you folks think?
-- Plank says: "If you're a little board, might as well get hammered!"