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Magazine shelf, made from an Old Hercules Dynamite Box

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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 07-15-2009 07:33 PM 4405 views 3 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Years ago, all of the Dynamite was shipped in this type of wooden box. Some of them were built

with finger joints at the corners. The miners used to bring the boxes home, & make things out of

them. I’ve even seen them used to sheath garages, & sheds.

These old boxes are an antique collectors item now.

Nowadays they use ammonium nitrate fertilizer for blasting.

This box had been used for junk, & stuff out in our change house at the cabin, it had belonged Barb’s Dad.

A couple of years ago I converted it to this magazine shelf.

The top, & shelves are from an old entertainment cabinet someone had junked.

I did some dumpster diving to salvage it.
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We live about a mile from where this kind of blasting is done every Wednesday at 11 AM.

It’s similar to an mini earthquake, it makes our house shake.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1





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rickf16

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#1 posted 07-15-2009 08:02 PM

Nice use of reclaim wood. I like the rustic look. I bet it was a “blast” to build! Sorry, couldn’t resist :)

-- Rick

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SCOTSMAN

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#2 posted 07-15-2009 08:09 PM

Yep could you blow up the images a little more OOOOPs sorry Dick and barbra.LOLAlistair

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

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lew

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#3 posted 07-15-2009 08:28 PM

Cool Idea!

I really like that you allowed the original printing to remain. It really adds the piece.

Here in south central Pennsylvania, folks often do a similar thing with old apple crates. (we grow a lot of apples)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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KayBee

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#4 posted 07-15-2009 08:30 PM

Since this a couple of years old, I guess it really is a blast from the past! LOL I really do like reusing old wood and how you kept its character.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 07-15-2009 09:14 PM

With all of them explosive comments, I don’t know whether to say Thank You, or KABOOM!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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SCOTSMAN

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#6 posted 07-15-2009 09:20 PM

What a blast Cmon Dick don’t Blow my comments out of proportion.LOLAlistair

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

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#7 posted 07-15-2009 10:02 PM

the stenciled dynamite label really sets this off… sorry.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#8 posted 07-15-2009 10:12 PM

Dick and Barb…what are you doiing up there with dynamite boxs?? Great idea…nice job.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 07-15-2009 11:03 PM

Thanks Guys!
I just added a mine blast, that usually takes place every Wednesday at 11 AM.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#10 posted 07-15-2009 11:08 PM

You did a dynamite job recycling those :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 07-16-2009 12:17 AM

A Big Thank You, TopamaxSurvivor!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Scott Bryan

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#12 posted 07-16-2009 01:28 AM

This project just blows me away!! Great job of re-purposing material, Dick. This could easily have gone for kindling but now it has new life as a nice piece of furniture.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#13 posted 07-16-2009 02:13 AM

Great use of an old dynamite box Dick. It’s neat to find old things like that lying around. Seems like you find more of it up north anymore than down here. Or am I blowing it out of proportion? Sorry Dick.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 07-16-2009 02:24 AM

Hi Dick and Barb;

I can’t imagine having my house shake every week. That can’t be good for the house.

Cool project!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 07-16-2009 03:52 AM

Thanks Scott!

Thank you Mike!

Thanks A bunch Lee!

The way they blast nowadays, its not quite as bad.

They’re timed with a mill-second delay so the charges don’t go off all at once.

If they set them off all at once, we might not be here now. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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