Wooden Ammo

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I brought this 105mm howitzer shell and these two 40mm shells back from the gulf war. There were fired during Desert Storm from one of the AC 130 gunship we had on our base. They have been laying around in my shed collecting dirt. So when I decided to create myself a man cave, I figured I would use them somehow since I had a military theme going. I polished the shells a bit, turned the 105mm out of oak and the 40mm out of maple, painted them, and pressed them into the shell. Finally, I made a nice base to mount them on.

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#1 posted 01-20-2013 02:26 PM

Well done! Your lettering looks dead on.

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#2 posted 01-20-2013 02:37 PM

If you look close at the big one, you can see some grain. But the 2 smaller ones look like live rounds. Great job!

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#3 posted 01-20-2013 03:21 PM

Great job, thanks for your service

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 01-20-2013 03:56 PM

What a conversation piece you have made there. Congratulations on a job well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 01-20-2013 04:38 PM

Well done. Look like real. Excelent work

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#6 posted 01-20-2013 05:46 PM

would it be too tacky to say that these are made to splinter on impact. :P

Nice work…

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#7 posted 01-20-2013 05:54 PM

Thanks All. Splintering in impact would probably be against the Geneva Convention; it could cause an infection :-)

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#8 posted 01-20-2013 06:21 PM

Nicely done.

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#9 posted 01-20-2013 06:25 PM

Love these, my father has shells (a 105mm, and about 5 40mm) and my grandfather had turned a wooden round similar to yours for the 105mm. Never turned any for the 40’s though. Seeing this brings back memories of getting in trouble as a kid for playing with the “big boomer” as we called it lol.

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#10 posted 01-21-2013 02:25 AM

Wow, it’s da bomb! Cool turnings!

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#11 posted 01-23-2013 11:36 PM

Very nice work!

I’ve got to, a couple of times, stand next to 16”, 2700 lb AP projectiles. A couple of them would look nice in your man cave, too!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#12 posted 01-24-2013 12:54 AM

A couple of 16 inch shells would be awesome but I would need a much bigger lathe :-)

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#13 posted 01-24-2013 11:49 PM

Well done and love the GI paint on them. The Japanese used wood bullets in the PTO. A neighbor saw them when his bunch captured some Jap soliders. Knew some who were shot with them.

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#14 posted 01-25-2013 11:14 AM

Thanks. A very interesting story. I suppose if you shoot any material hard enough, it will do damage on the other end. Especially at close range.

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