This n’ That Thursday – Man Cave Coffee Table

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Repurposing wooden items that were originally made for industrial or military use has become very popular in recent years. Heavy, roughly cut items become interesting and useful conversation pieces after a little alteration, natural chalk/clay/mineral paint by American Paint Company and a little TLC.

I have several Vietnam-era boxes that the U.S. Army used to tote 105mm artillery shells. Each is clearly labeled “Loaded 9-74” and was made to carry two shells weighing over 50 pounds apiece. With this kind of strength, I thought that a man cave coffee table would be the perfect project. What guy can break an artillery box?

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My first challenge was to design legs that would hold the weight of the box. Although the plan was to design and build a coffee table, I know from habit that I use coffee tables for other things–footrests and benches come to mind.

I decided to use four 4×4 inch post sections for the legs and proceeded to trace and cut square holes in the box for each leg. I attached the legs to the box with long drywall screws. To prevent scratching on hardwood floors, I then attached cork pads to the bottom of each leg.

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I wanted to retain as much of the original stenciling on the box as possible and bring out the wood shade so I applied my American Paint Company colors with a color wash technique. I used a combination of APC Dollar Bill, Plymouth Rock and Gun Powder.  These variations of gray gave the box a nice metal effect. I then waxed the entire piece with APC Clear Wax.

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Now this baby is ready for Super Bowl XLVIII!

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Post courtesy of Dave Prebich, All Things New Again in Virginia

 

 

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Comments

  1. Very cool

  2. Super awesome!! Great job!

  3. Meredith Hess says:

    I love what you’ve done with the ammo box and you color choices are perfect!

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