5.56 mm wooden ammo can

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Project by M1ni0n posted 1896 days ago 4659 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

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#1 posted 1896 days ago

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

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#2 posted 1896 days ago

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

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#3 posted 1896 days ago

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

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#4 posted 1896 days ago

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


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#5 posted 1896 days ago

cool job

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 1896 days ago

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

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

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#7 posted 1896 days ago

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

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#8 posted 1896 days ago


-- -Ryan

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#9 posted 1896 days ago

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.

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#10 posted 1896 days ago

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

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#11 posted 1895 days ago

very cool,nice job. shinju

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

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#12 posted 1895 days ago

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

-- Life is about experiences.

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#13 posted 1895 days ago

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.

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#14 posted 1895 days ago


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

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#15 posted 1894 days ago

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

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