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Vietnam era military footlocker

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Project by artsyfartsy posted 07-26-2020 01:12 PM 866 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Vietnam era military footlocker for my son’s birthday. He is kind of a military geek of sorts. I designed it after what I remember from my army days and from what pictures I could find. Of course, mine didn’t look this good on it’s best day. It’s made of 1/2” plywood and all part pieces are of one sheet. It’s measurements are roughly 17” x 15” x 34”. It’s assembled by glue, brad’s and screw’s where needed. I made the stencil by hand for Uncle Sam’s initials. The finish is Uncle Sam’s favorite color, OD Green. I quite enjoyed making it and my son loves it. Thanks for looking.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!





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jake6105

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#1 posted 07-27-2020 02:47 AM

Looks terrific. I had a very similar one back in 2007 during Marine Corps boot camp, things don’t change much within the machine. Hope your son enjoys it for a lifetime.

-- Jake, Indiana

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artsyfartsy

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#2 posted 07-27-2020 03:44 PM

Hello Jake, I showed my neighbor and he replied that when he went in (1980’s) he didn’t have one. So, I guess it all depends on which branch you were in. LOL My son did like it but, he likes everything I had. Thanks for the compliment.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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robscastle

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#3 posted 07-27-2020 09:31 PM

Nice work re creating fond memories,

I still have mine some 40 years later, and its still serving, but now in a recreational role, as a camping stores locker.

-- Regards Rob

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artsyfartsy

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#4 posted 07-28-2020 12:12 PM

WOW, that’s cool. I wish I coulda got mine. Rob, what service was you in and when?

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 07-29-2020 02:19 AM

Nice work Don.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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sansoo22

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#6 posted 07-29-2020 02:44 AM

Awesome! I need to make one of these for my dad. He enlisted in 68 or 69 and got shipped to Alaska. He made it through all his testing for EOD school (or the equivalent back then) before they found out he was color blind. I guess the Army made a big stink about folks messing with explosives needing to see red and green as separate colors.

Come to think of it I kind of want to make him a red footlocker and tell him its green.

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