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I originally posted about this in the "Magazine box... desktop cannon" thread.

To recap, the idea was to build a small "ammo crate" type box from " x 1" poplar strips available at Lowe's. The box would have a 5mm cotton rope handle on each end (Hobby Lobby). Inside dimensions would be 4" x 7" x either 1" for a single board height or 3" for two.

I decided to go with the deep box for now, I'll probably add a flat box eventually.






Got it all cut and laid out for scale along with a sample of the rope for the handles (except in the pic I have the short end braces for the flat box instead of the longer ones I ended up using). This was as far as I'd gotten in the other thread.




I started assembly with the top and bottom, glued up on a flat aluminum slab and weighted with lead ingots. I wasn't too concerned with a tight fit between the boards, this was supposed to look like a crate not fine joinery. After those could be moved off the plate, I moved on the the front, back, and sides.






(You can't see it but there is a piece of wood underneath the aluminum to keep it up off the table top.)

It's solidly glued and isn't coming apart, the tacks don't really do much other than give it the appearance of being nailed together. There are a bunch of them, all in tiny pre-drilled holes.




Front, back, and sides assembled onto the bottom.




End corner braces and ropes installed, and lots more tacks (bottom too). Not in love with the hardware (Lowe's), but it's what was available.










And finally this morning, a little stain to give it some "age" (assorted cannon/mortar projectiles included to keep this on topic) . . .




The hasp is a little too ornate, if/when I find a more appropriate one in the right size that will change, but otherwise I'm happy with the way it turned out.

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Nice Job, I like your lead wood clamps.
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It looks like you took a needle scalier and cleaned up your lead cannon balls? If not what did you use?
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Terry, Mike and I like your ammo crate very much. Having built 15 of these in a full size format over the past two years, we know what we like. Yours has a more finished look than ours and yet has all the wood pieces of the originals which means it is very sturdy and functional. The hinges and hasp went a step beyond ours too. We used two shorter deck screws to hold the covers on.



All in all, a superior job! Congrats.


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It looks like you took a needle scalier and cleaned up your lead cannon balls? If not what did you use?
I put about a dozen balls at a time into a large stainless mixing bowl, and swirl the bowl around letting the balls bump and rub against each other. Mix them up a few times during the process.

This gives them the look shown, it also smooths out the sprue cuts.

It also makes a lot of noise!

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Nice Job, I like your lead wood clamps.
I have actual clamps but they are mostly too big for this project.

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Hey I use pieces of railroad track for clamps sometimes,LOL
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Terry, Mike and I like your ammo crate very much. Having built 15 of these in a full size format over the past two years, we know what we like. Yours has a more finished look than ours and yet has all the wood pieces of the originals which means it is very sturdy and functional. The hinges and hasp went a step beyond ours too. We used two shorter deck screws to hold the covers on.



All in all, a superior job! Congrats.


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At one point in the beginning I considered leather straps for hinges, with a strap and a button to hold it closed, but in the end I went with what I could buy.

If I'd tried to use screws to hold the lid on, the problem would be that at this sale the screws would be tiny! I dropped one of the screws for the hinges on the carpet installing them and I almost didn't find it.

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