I’m super excited to have Pauline from My Altered State joining us today! It’s been a while since we’ve had a guest on Pretty Handy Girl, and this guest was certainly worth the wait! She’s joining us today to show you How to Build a DIY Decorative Ammo Box! This gorgeous crate may be for decorative purposes, but Pauline studied the construction of real ammo boxes to build it the same way the real ones are built. She’s amazing, and I know you’ll understand why in a minute.
I met Pauline at Haven last year, but I’ve been a fan of her blog way before we met. She is an avid upcycler and loves to use salvage materials in her projects.
She has so many fabulous projects, I had a hard time picking a few to show you. Like this fabulous Map Decoupaged Desk/Chair!
Or these beautiful Reclaimed Wood Snowflakes!
But, by far my favorite DIY project Pauline has completed so far is this desk and art installation in her kitchen!
Be sure to head over to her blog to see all the other amazing creations she has designed!
And now, Pauline has an easy and unique tutorial for us today! Please clap, cheer and get on your feet for the amazing Pauline from My Altered State!
When I started blogging, I never dreamed that I would one day meet THE Pretty Handy Girl in person, let alone find myself writing a guest post for her. So having said that, imagine how excited I am right now as I write my first guest post on Pretty Handy Girl! Now it’s time to get started. I hope you enjoy my DIY Decorative Ammo Box project.
Wooden military ammunition boxes have been a staple in the vintage repurposing and upcycling world for a while. They are a versatile storage item with an industrial flavor, but sometimes they are hard to find. That’s when I get the urge to build.
In an effort to keep this tutorial from being too lengthy, the info on finishing and aging the ammo box’s finish is found on My Altered State today. Now let’s get building.
To create a box with the dimensions of 27″ wide x 7″ tall x 10″ deep, purchase the following:
- (2) 1″ x 6″ x 6′
- (2) 1″ x 2″ x 6′
- (1) 1″ x 4″ x 6′
- Gorilla tape
- Wood glue
- 2 Hinges
- Drill bit same thickness of rope
- 2″ nails
- Nailgun (or hammer)
- Miter saw
- 2 – 1″ x 2″ cut to 10 1/4″ (cut ends at 30 degree bevel as shown above)
- 4 – 1″ x 2″ cut to 5 3/4″
- 2 – 1″ x 2″ cut to 25 1/2″
- 2 – 1″ x 4″ cut to 25 1/2″
- 2 – 1″ x 6″ cut to 8 3/4″
- 2 – 1″ x 6″ cut to 25 1/2″
- 2 – 1″ x 6″ cut to 27 1/4″
By copying the design of an authentic ammo box, I will show you how to build this DIY Decorative Ammo Box clear down to the way the handles are attached.
Lay out all your pieces for a “dry run” of the design:
- Bottom of box: (1″ x 6″ x 25 1/2″) + (1″ x 2″ x 25 1/2″) + (1″ x 4″ x 25 1/2″) boards.
- Front and Back of box: 1″ x 6″ x 27 1/4″ boards
- Sides of box (with rope handle): 1″ x 6″ x 8 3/4″ boards
Mark the location for your rope handles (approximately 2″ down from the top of the box.)
During the dry run, notice that the front and back pieces are an inch longer on each side. The stabilizing 1″ x 2″ pieces will rest on the ground, while the four sides of the box rest on the base.
After all the ammo box collecting I’ve done over the years, you’d think I would have noticed how the handles were installed on the real thing. Nope. Never paid attention until now. Here’s a close up of the real thing: [Read more…]