Civil War Ammunition Box Inspired Tool Box

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Project by Holz_und_Geschichte41 posted 08-03-2013 07:01 PM 4557 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In September 2012 I attended the 150th anniversary of the battle of Antietam in Sharpsburg, Maryland. Between the two major reenactments done I was able to go through the many tents that were “sutlerys” selling merchandise and souvenirs. One of them sold wooden rebuilds of artillery and ammunition boxes. I liked the idea and decided to build one when I had enough scrap material. After building the long table I had just enough to build a tool box I could use in the garage and take with me when I install projects at someone else’s home. It is made out of Douglas fir, the rope is from Lowes (5/8 inch think tied in a double-stopper knot – had to Google that one), and is unstained or finished so that air and time will do its work. As the pine colors I may put a sealant on it to protect it if I get frisky. The 2nd Maryland Artillery was also known as the Baltimore Light Artillery that fought for the South and the name on the top of the box was the unit’s commander at the battle of Antietam.

-- Ryan, Arizona

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#1 posted 08-03-2013 09:37 PM

I like the box, especially the written embellishments in cursive. How did you do it – freehand ? wood burning?

I also like the Maryland tie-in. From a historical standpoint, many people don’t know that Maryland would have seceded from the Union had Lincoln not sent Union troops to Annapolis to arrest the legislature before they could vote on it.

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#2 posted 08-04-2013 01:26 AM

Thanks, I have been wanting to build some of these.

-- Robert in middle TN

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#3 posted 08-07-2013 03:52 PM

Good looking tool box! Like the military theme, a cool box to carry around. Great job!

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