Lithophane-topped Ammo Box

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Project by Hawken posted 04-07-2013 04:13 AM 5239 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a slightly miniaturized replica of a military ammo box, to be used as a jewelery box or just a “place for my stuff” box. This is going to be a donation to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Memorial Auction. I used 3/4 inch and 1/2 inch oak. The box was simplicity itself. Running the electrics for the lithophane backlight proved interesting, but I think my solution is durable. Surprisingly, finding the small black nails proved to be the most problematic part of the project. That is until I finally decided to look in my box-o-stuff that I haven’t sorted in years. The Lithophane depicts an EOD Technician in a bomb suit working on an improvised explosive device, with the caption above reading “If you have to ask why, you can’t comprehend”, which is the simplest way of avoiding a long dissertation on why these fantastic people choose to do this job. The lower caption reads “Explosive Ordnance Disposal”. The inner plate covering the lighting is a machine engraved Master EOD Badge, with the official EOD motto “Initial Success or Total Failure”. I placed #6 washers between the plate and the lid to allow some light “bleed through” when the lid is open. The finish is straight Tung Oil. I intentionally distressed the brass hinges (not shown), and used an antiqued hook latch for the front. I placed a simple slide switch unobtrusively on the side of the box, and there is a 2.5mm pigtail connector for the 12v transformer. The lighting is LED strips placed in a rabbited groove below the lithophane and behind the inner plate in the lid.

Thanks for looking, and I apologize for the quality of the photos.

-- Who is John Galt?

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#1 posted 04-07-2013 04:47 AM

This is really neat! Great job


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#2 posted 04-07-2013 05:01 AM

Thanks ASU. Too old and broke to do the job, so I just try to support those who do it now. Always appreciate notice, good or bad. But ultimately, these kids deserve it.

-- Who is John Galt?

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#3 posted 04-07-2013 07:21 AM

Fantastic idea and expertly done.

-- Bruce, UK

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#4 posted 04-07-2013 01:00 PM

This is a job well done and for a fantastic cause. Great design and werkmanship for sure. You are right these deserve a lot more than their country gives them for sacrificing it all.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#5 posted 04-07-2013 01:12 PM

Very good. It’s interesting and unusual and makes a wonderful conversation piece. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 04-07-2013 01:57 PM

Nice work, and for a good cause.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 04-07-2013 11:18 PM

Your project turned out great & for a great cause..

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#9 posted 04-10-2013 02:07 PM

Unique and interesting box! Like the concept and the design. Great project for a greater cause.

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