Howitzer Ammo Box--what species of wood is this?

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Forum topic by Axle505 posted 08-05-2016 07:05 AM 376 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-05-2016 07:05 AM

Pine? It’s light, fairly soft…and smells like the Army: mothballs, mold, dirt and oil. The wood boxes are not made anymore, I believe. This thing came from the Vietnam War Era. At least, in Southern California, the things are getting hard to find. I’m going to use this to store some wood planes when I get done with it. I just want to know what it’s made of.

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#1 posted 08-08-2016 07:04 AM

I now believe it’s poplar.

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#2 posted 08-14-2016 04:00 PM

Most of the hundreds of 81mm boxes I had gone through, and returned to the ASP were made from SYP. If they had set out for a while between pick ups….they turned a nasty gray colour. Brand new, they were just like fresh cut pine. Would have liked to have kept a couple myself….but..they had to be “accounted for”. If we drew 200 boxes( filled with 3 rounds each) we have to bring back 200 boxes. Heaven help the poor guy if they were short even one box…

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#3 posted 08-14-2016 05:23 PM

This box held two rounds of something—105mm artillery or tank rounds? Also, I guess it’s Iraq War Era as I found a stamp dated 1997.

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#4 posted 08-14-2016 10:10 PM

They won’t last very long. There is no relief for wood movement. With everything nailed something will give, probably later than sooner though.

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#5 posted 08-14-2016 10:19 PM

And then, maybe not. Some of the pieces are glued across grain, which may thwart movement. The wood had moved a lot after the Army was through with it. We’ll see.

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