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Project by Stephenw posted 03-09-2013 03:54 PM 2981 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Move along, no fine woodworking here.

During WWII, supplies were moved all over the world, mostly in wooden crates.

Crates are easy to build and sturdier than a Rubbermaid container.

Here is a PDF that tells everything you could ever want to know about crates…

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Michael Wilson

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#1 posted 03-09-2013 04:14 PM

I don’t know… looks like you cheated and did some nice work when installing those hinges! :)

I can’t get enough of the ammo crates. Only thing I can’t seem to figure out is how to mount the rope handles on mine.

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#2 posted 03-09-2013 05:28 PM

A timely master-class in crate-ology.

-- Bruce, UK

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#3 posted 03-09-2013 06:24 PM

great crate, tks for the link

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#4 posted 03-09-2013 08:02 PM

madwilliamflint said, “Only thing I can’t seem to figure out is how to mount the rope handles on mine.”

I clamped the two lid braces together and drilled a hole through the mating line, slightly smaller in diameter than the rope size. When I removed the clamp, I had two braces with half a hole in each. I slathered the rope ends with glue and nailed the braces to the top of the lid. I drove a nail through each brace so that it would also go through the center of the rope handle.

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#5 posted 03-09-2013 08:24 PM

I see ”” in the link, so I’m thinking that I’m gonna open this pdf file and find 63 pages of “Gubbamint Speak” on how to build a box? LOL

@edit… NOPE I was wrong. It’s 134 PAGES! Gotta love our bureaucratic system :-)

Geeze, just hand the guy a sheet of plywood, a handfull of nails, and tell him “Here soldier , take this and bring me back a box !” :-)

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#6 posted 03-09-2013 11:53 PM

Damn, all that printed material just to teach a person to build a crate…..

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 03-10-2013 01:51 AM

Those crates may have to stand up to being kicked out the back of a military transport. The military has learned the hard way to make a spec that the contractors can follow and not have a failure…and burn them when they fail. Our sons and daughters who may go into combat should be assured that the materiél they receive is the best, in order to be effective.

StephenW, I like your crate. I hadn’t thought of it before, but I built a shipping crate to send my 1/4 scale model AIM-120 “Slammer” high power rocket in order to ship across the US, back in ‘06. Guess I could post a pic.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#8 posted 03-10-2013 03:39 PM

Ah, they’re glued through. That’s the “missing dollar” I was looking for. Thanks.

Back to the drawing board.

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