Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Ammo Box Inspired Magazine Holder

05.11.12 By //
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This piece is inspired by a build using real ammo boxes. Its such a great rustic look and super easy! The boxes could also be used individually for storage!

Estimated Cost 

Under $25

Dimensions for This Project

  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Hammer or Brad nailer

For ONE box:

  • 1 – 1×6 at 8’
  • Quarter sheet of ¾” plywood (Half sheet total if cutting the top, too)
  • 1 – 1×2 at 3’
  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • Small nails or 1-1/4” brads
  • Bungee Cords
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List 
  • 2 – 1×6 at 12-1/2” – Sides
  • 2 – 1×6 at 31” – Front/Back
  • 4 – 1×2 at 7” – Trim
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 14” x 31” – Bottom (cut 2 for top)

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Step 1 

Cut the pieces for the sides, front and back. Set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter boards. Attach the sides to the front and back pieces setting them ¾” from the edge to allow for the trim) using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 2

Step 2 

Cut the piece for the bottom and attach using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

Step 3

Step 3 

Cut the pieces for the trim and attach to the sides using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. The trim pieces will extend past the top of the box by ¾”.

Step 4

Step 4 

For the magazine holder – build three boxes and stack them end to end. Secure to each other with a few screws from each side. Drill holes in the center of the sides and hook a bungee cord on each box. If the cord is too long, pull the end of the cord out from the hook, knot it, and cut away the excess. The box can be mounted to the wall but make sure the screws are located at the wall studs!

For the optional top, cut a piece of ¾” plywood the same size as the bottom and attach a handle to the top!

Finishing Instructions 

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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