The other day, my wife and I went to a flee market near her parent’s house. We happen to stumble onto some ammo boxes. They were fairly cheap, but we passed on them. But since then, I’ve thought of various ways to recycle used ammo boxes. For instance when I was a kid, my family used them as tool boxes. Until I was old enough to know better, I thought they were just tool boxes. They’re very easy to find. Your local military surplus store should have them cheap. Below are some of the ways you can reuse these useful boxes.
1. Geocaching Container
From time to time, my friends and I like to geocache (GPS treasure hunting). We’ve seen a lot of different containers. The weather proof properties of an ammo box make for awesome geocache containers. In fact the first cache, my wife and I found was concealed in an ammo box. However as “brdad” of the Maine Geocaching Forum pointed out, ammo boxes by their nature look dangerous. After all who wants to open a box marked “grenades” or could possibly contain explosives. With some modifications, you can make an ammo container a little more suitable for using as a geocache container. Check out brdad’s post on the Maine Geocaching Forum to see how you can take the scary out of your next ammo box geocache container.
2. Military Themed Computer Case
PC gaming is more than just about spending hours in front of the box playing games. It can also be about building custom PCs to stand out your neighborhood LAN Party. I’ve seen a lot of interesting gaming rigs out on the net. But how cool it would be to base a build off an ammo box. After a Google search, I found a project where someone had done it. Guy Pracy of the mini-itx.com forum started with a .50 caliber ammo box and made a ultra portable PC. All the hardware components fit in the case well. The lid pops up and off to reveal all the ports and fans. This makes for very quick deployment solider! The system board is based off the small ITX form factor. There are not a lot of high-end gaming components made for the ITX. But never the less it’s cool. Check it out, from the link below.
3. Fireworks Controller Box
This last one may not be for everyone. But I thought it was pretty cool. Gareth Branwyn from the Makezine.com site, posted about fireworks controller box based off an ammo box. The box holds the switches and the battery power to drive the fireworks ignition system. There is some room left to store some cabling as well. The box can easily be deployed to the “blast” site and kept a safe distance away.This same design could easily adapted for an amateur rockery control box as well. My cousin CJ has made similar controllers for that sport. I think an ammo box would make a awesome looking housing for any type of control panel. Not to mention that it would be very rugged.
Well we’ve shown what you can do with a used ammo box. So what are you going to build now?