Ammo can

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Project by M1ni0n posted 03-22-2009 07:12 AM 5881 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a going away gift for one of my Marines. Another one of my Marines came up with the idea to build a wooden ammo can because the Marine leaving was an ammunition technician. I did not come up with the design but I helped the Marines out in getting this one built. I am very fond of the choice of wood, curly cherry. The ammo can is close to scale and beside the top handle, it is fully functional. I finished it with high gloss lacquer and a coat of paste wax. Most of the joinery is with brass pins as well, which complements the brass rod that is used for the handles and the latch. This was a difficult build but we now have learned a lot from it and are looking foward to building another one.

-- Jason

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#1 posted 03-22-2009 07:17 AM

Very nice job!!! I hope it opens easier than the metal ammo cans I have. ;-)

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#2 posted 03-22-2009 07:19 AM

It does. lol

-- Jason

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#3 posted 03-22-2009 07:58 AM

Beautiful! You did an outstanding job on this piece. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 03-22-2009 08:10 AM

that is a nice gift i might have to try my had at one of them myself

-- crap did I cut that short

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#5 posted 03-22-2009 08:26 AM


We basically took a 7.62mm link ammo can and measured and made it to that size. It is not exact due to lumber needing to be thicker than metal. We sketched this on a legal pad and went to town. If you would like some further information I definately can help you out on this. It was a fun build and very rewarding to see an ammo can made out of wood.

-- Jason

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#6 posted 03-22-2009 12:59 PM

Awesome! Such an unusual thing to be made from wood. Kinda reminds me of that wooden sports car someone made; you recognize what it is, but something “does not compute” in the brain when you see what it’s made from.

Good work.

-- Carpent! And thou shalt be saved....

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#7 posted 03-22-2009 03:16 PM

I have 5.56, 7.62, 50cal and 40mm grenade cans. The 40 is double sided and high imp plastic. The rest are the old metal. I like the wood better. If you need some find an Army Surplus store they go for about 5-20 bucks.

Great gift for a Marine.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#8 posted 03-22-2009 06:25 PM

Good touch Special Thought! That turned out well for a going away present!!

-- Major Walt Timoschuk,III

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#9 posted 03-22-2009 06:36 PM

Wow, that’s quite the ammo can! Very nice job.

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#10 posted 03-22-2009 07:09 PM

Now “THIS” is an ammo can…............ WOW
Another beautiful job and really creative…........... congrats

Semper Fi

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#11 posted 03-23-2009 05:43 AM

Great job, and a great cause. Way to go!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Dan Wiggins

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#12 posted 03-30-2009 03:15 AM

Very well done, I’m sure he will treasure this for years to come. The touches really dress up the brass and bring out the beautiful grain of the cherry. Very thoughtful. Thanks for posting and thanks for caring.

-- “Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.” General Robert E. Lee, C.S.A.

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