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gabrielleigh
12-11-2013, 06:49 PM
A local specialty ammunition manufacturing company asked me to design and build some 250-round .223 Remington ammunition crates for their trade show booths. Here are a couple of pics of what I came up with for them.

The entire project is made from 1/2" MDF for the boxes, and .175" thick Masonite for the sliding lids. Each box can be made from a single piece of MDF that is only 26" x 16", and the Masonite lid is cut from pieces even smaller than that. It probably costs about two bucks to build one of these ammo crates.

Virtually the entire project is cut out with a .250" end mill. The thin channel that is cut for the sliding Masonite lids is cut using a specialty .0937" end mill from Precise Bits, everything else is cut out using the .250" end mill.

Cut time for the MDF parts is about half an hour, lids take about fifteen minutes counting the custom logo and caliber information. No fasteners needed, only wood glue to assemble them. Finish sanding and application of stain and poly takes about another ten minutes.

I can send you the PartsWorks file if you want to try cutting them out yourself.

http://i.imgur.com/LoiRd3Zh.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/73UnytHh.jpg

bryan
12-11-2013, 07:04 PM
Gabriell, great little project!
I just realized you are right up the road from me.
Nice to have another ShopBotter close by.
Give me a email or call if you ever need anything.

Bryan

gabrielleigh
12-11-2013, 07:13 PM
Haha, you are close! I am in Pitt a couple nights each week. I play pool at The Break on Thursdays and Saturdays. Come up to the pool hall anytime and ask for me. I would love to meet ya! First beer is on me :)

dana_swift
12-11-2013, 09:31 PM
I go up to Kansas City once or twice most winters, you all are on the way. I may have to see if I can get you to set another stool at the bar!

Nice boxes Gabriel. I have though about how to put loose cartridges into a sorter so it could place it primer-up in a storage rack automatically. I figure it would make a great bot project, but so far its on the long list of things to do eventually :)

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gabrielleigh
12-12-2013, 11:33 AM
Yeah, that sounds like a good project for the bot for sure. Holler next time you are coming up and maybe we can meet up.

knight_toolworks
12-12-2013, 03:08 PM
you might want to look at this design. it is fast and makes good joints and uses tape to hold it together while the glue dries. it looks nice too I have made small and large boxes with this method.
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s266/knighttoolworks/posting/41333B97-625F-4FCB-9768-0E0FFDC427FE_zpscimrar7z.jpg (http://s154.photobucket.com/user/knighttoolworks/media/posting/41333B97-625F-4FCB-9768-0E0FFDC427FE_zpscimrar7z.jpg.html)

ssflyer
12-12-2013, 04:25 PM
Steve,

Is that from I believe, Brady's boxmaker program? I love the scarfed joints on those...

knight_toolworks
12-12-2013, 05:26 PM
no I do it just by regular methods. it is dirt easy you draw the pieces the size you want the box and run a v bit on the line. there are some tricks but they are pretty easy. I have made big boxes with dividers and shelves with this method. all it takes is blue tape and glue to assemble it.

srwtlc
12-12-2013, 10:31 PM
Now you just need to find enough bullets to fill them! Good luck with that! :mad:

gabrielleigh
12-12-2013, 11:11 PM
Yeah, that wont be a problem. I built these for a specialty ammo company here in my town. They can produce about 25,000 rounds per day at max capacity right now.

srwtlc
12-13-2013, 10:30 AM
Can you get them to produce some 22LR for plinkin' and send it my way? ;) It's like hen's teeth.

Justin G
05-23-2015, 02:40 AM
I would love a copy of the file if you're still sending them out

rseeley13
05-25-2015, 10:26 AM
Do you have info on this? I have tried to do boxes like that and don't get nice edges, they come out rough looking. Are you cutting all the way through with the vbit?

rseeley13
05-25-2015, 10:28 AM
no I do it just by regular methods. it is dirt easy you draw the pieces the size you want the box and run a v bit on the line. there are some tricks but they are pretty easy. I have made big boxes with dividers and shelves with this method. all it takes is blue tape and glue to assemble it.

Sorry last reply didn't have quote, hit wrong button. Please see my post on page two.

jerryk
05-28-2015, 05:14 AM
I would also love a copy of the file. I have a 222 Mag and think this would work without modification.
thanks