How to Make Wooden Ammo Boxes


Ammunition comes in cheap cardboard boxes. The cardboard quickly becomes worn after any amount of activity or handling of the boxes. A durable solution to storing or transporting your ammunition is to store it in wooden boxes. Wooden boxes are durable and store easily on shelves. Ammunition boxes do not need to be fancy. They simply need to hold your ammunition until you use it. You can customize them to the size of your ammunition for a precise fit.

Step 1

Measure 1 inch down from the 8-inch edge of both 1/2-by-8-by-12-inch pine boards. Mark these measurements with a pencil. Set up a table saw with dado set to make a 3/4-inch-wide by 1/2-inch deep groove below the pencil marks on each of the two boards. These are the sides of the box. The grooves are for the sliding top of the box.

Step 2

Measure 1 inch down from the four-inch edge of the 1/2-by-4-by-8-inch pine board. Mark this measurement with a pencil. Make the same groove as you cut on the side pieces. This is the back of the box. The groove is to accommodate the back of the top. It will slide into this groove.

Step 3

Place the 1-by-3-by-12-inch pine board on a work surface with the 3-inch side laying flat. This is the bottom of the box. Place the sides parallel to each other on either side of this board. The cuts on the sides should be facing in and at the top of the side boards. Fasten the sides to the bottom of the box using a hammer and finish nails. Space the nails evenly, approximately 2 inches apart.

Step 4

Place the back piece on one end bottom and side assembly. Make sure the edges are flush with the sides and bottom. The cut should be on the inside top of the back. Fasten the back to the bottom and sides using a hammer and finish nails. Space the nails evenly, approximately 2 inches apart. Place the 1/2-by-4-by-6 1/4-inch board on the end opposite the back. This is the front of the box. Align the edges with the bottom and sides of the box. Fasten the front to the sides and bottom of the box with a hammer and finish nails. Space the nails evenly, approximately 2 inches apart. The top of the front should come to the bottom of the grooves in the side.

Step 5

Slide the 1-by-4-by-11 1/2-inch pine board into the grooves on the inside sides of the box all the way to the back of the box. This is the box lid. Open the box lid and begin to store ammunition in the box. Close the box lid and store in a safe place.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear eye protection when working with wood. Follow tool safety precautions for safe operation.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • 2 1/2-inch-by-8-inch-by-12-inch pine boards
  • 1 1/2-inch-by-4-inch-by-8-inch pine board
  • Table saw with dado set
  • 1 1-inch-by-3-inch-by-12-inch pine board
  • 1 1/2-inch-by-4-inch-by-6 1/4-inch board
  • 1 1-inch-by-4-inch-by-11 1/2-inch pine board
  • Hammer
  • Nails


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About this Author

Based in Vermont, Josh Burlette has been writing since 2000. His articles have appeared in "The Defender," "Echo," "The Lakes Region Freepress" and "The Whitehall Times." He graduated from Saint Michael's College with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a minor in journalism and mass communications.

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