5.56 mm wooden ammo can

  • Advertise with us
Project by M1ni0n posted 06-13-2009 07:11 AM 6296 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the most recent gift I have built for one of my good friends that was leaving us. He is moving on to Marine Corps Recruiter School and in turn upon graduation be responsible for getting the fine Americans into the United States Marine Corps. As a former Drill Instructor I can say we can’t make them if they don’t send them. So he is off to bigger and better things.

Anyway, this was also for an ammo tech guy so we made an ammo can. Seems fitting, right?

I tried to start a blog on this project and did not spend enough time following through with it. I would like to have documented more of my progress then I did, which was really not much.

This ammo can was made out of paduak and has cherry splines in the joints. It is fully functional. It has solid brass metal for what could not be wood and it also gives him something to shine. Marines love shining brass. Desert Marpat utilities were used for the bottom of the ammo can as with the first one.

Please excuse the dates on the photos as my photograph capturing device is not calibrated as it should be.

Questions and comments are more than welcome.

-- Jason

20 comments so far

View zwwizard's profile


200 posts in 2799 days

#1 posted 06-13-2009 07:30 AM

Very nice, I for one would be proud to have something like that, I know he will show it off to all his recruits.
M/Sgt USMC (Ret)

-- Richard

View mtkate's profile


2049 posts in 2415 days

#2 posted 06-13-2009 12:43 PM

Georgeous box. You could also use it as one of those time-capsule boxes.

View woodnut's profile


393 posts in 3142 days

#3 posted 06-13-2009 01:17 PM

Great box, I really like the idea, I may use it to make one for my father who is a Marine (Vietnam) devil dog. Funny I was going to type ex- Marine, but I could here him saying once a Marine always a Marine. Again great job.

-- F.Little

View classylady's profile


2 posts in 2434 days

#4 posted 06-13-2009 02:31 PM

GREAT job son!! Hopefully someday your Dad & I will have something of your’s to display for all to admire =other than the beautiful things we have so far in your career. Dad did a good job teaching you & You have picked up his traits & then some. Keep up the good work !! Love to you always


View a1Jim's profile


113832 posts in 2667 days

#5 posted 06-13-2009 05:06 PM

cool job

-- Custom furniture

View jack1's profile


2015 posts in 3117 days

#6 posted 06-13-2009 10:48 PM

Unique to say the least. I’m sure he’ll hang on to this. Very cool.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

View SCOTSMAN's profile


5784 posts in 2675 days

#7 posted 06-13-2009 11:27 PM

That’s one nice little tough looking box just what the doctor ordered Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

View Tank's profile


8 posts in 2392 days

#8 posted 06-13-2009 11:48 PM


-- -Ryan

View sval229's profile


50 posts in 2632 days

#9 posted 06-14-2009 01:23 AM

Very nice. My son just got out after 3 tours in Iraq. He was an ammo tech stationed at Camp Legeune. I think you’ve just solved my “what do I give him for Christmas” problem. Take it from another old vet, we’re all very grateful.

View M1ni0n's profile


46 posts in 2444 days

#10 posted 06-14-2009 04:00 AM

Thank you all for the kind words.

I can tell you if you are interested into making this just take the route I did. Take all of the demensions from a real one and try to mimic them. Your creativity will take you the rest of the way.

I am more than happy to help.

-- Jason

View shinju's profile


188 posts in 2422 days

#11 posted 06-14-2009 03:19 PM

very cool,nice job. shinju

-- enjoy, be well and enjoy life with all around you

View renaissance_guy's profile


64 posts in 2650 days

#12 posted 06-14-2009 07:29 PM

This project, the story and the results, brought a big smile to my face.

-- Life is about experiences.

View RandyMarine's profile


236 posts in 2459 days

#13 posted 06-15-2009 02:05 AM

Semper Fi Marine! Sierra Hotel on this box. I was a 2311 (ammo tech for those who don’t know) myself and would have loved to have been bestowed such an heirloom.

What thickness material did you use?

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

View M1ni0n's profile


46 posts in 2444 days

#14 posted 06-15-2009 04:06 AM


The box is made of 5/8” material and the lid and latch are from 1/2”. The handle on the lid was out 1/4”

The brass rod was a combination of 3/32” and 7/64”. The brass sheet used 1/16” which could have been thinner, but it was all I had.

I can say that the two ammo techs we have done this for so far have loved them.

As a Combat Engineer I am looking foward to making a engineer castle. Still working on the design though.

Semper Fi!

-- Jason

View ratchet's profile


1337 posts in 2877 days

#15 posted 06-15-2009 06:29 PM

Very nice box and great story to go with it. Well done. Thx for sharing.

showing 1 through 15 of 20 comments

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