Cannon shell crate-styled wine display box

  • Advertise with us
Project by maddawg308 posted 09-26-2014 09:05 PM 1610 views 7 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

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!"

1 comment so far

View Dave777's profile


303 posts in 3487 days

#1 posted 09-29-2014 02:22 AM

I really like it would you be willing to share the measurements?

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics