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« on: July 25, 2008 11:12:42 AM »

I have had this for 7 years and so it's pretty worn.  It is a military ammo can.  I am a whitewater raft guide and we use these to store our personal stuff (toothbrush and paste, alarm clock, wallet, medicine, whatever you have that may be breakable and definitely isn't waterproof).
The ammo cans are great because they're waterproof and super duper durable.  You could use them for anything, really.  I have one that's a first-aid kit, one's a repair kit with all the tools and glues and such I need for repairing a raft, I have a bigger one (called a Rocket Box becaue the size of the ammo was much bigger) and I use it as a library -- it's full of books and some fridge-magnet-phrases so guests and read some books and/or make clever ammo-can poetry in camp.

I spray-painted it blue, and then spray-painted some silver swirlies on it.  Then I stuck a bunch of glow in the dark stars on it, and got some quotes from poems and such and I wrote them in silver metallic marker.  the inside of the lid has a small collection of stickers that clients have given me for fun.. "goddess" and 'blonde bombshell" I think are the visible ones.  I had it clear-coated at an autobody shop, but that didn't hold up well and chipped off, i don't recommend it. 
At night when i go to bed I use it as a "night stand" next to my sleeping bag and put my alarm clock on top.  The stars glow really well even now.
The box has remained waterproof after 7 years of seriously heavy-duty use.  You can find these cans in different sizes at military surplus stores.  I've also lined some with astro-turf to use for camera cases.  it could also be a cute but heavy lunch pail. 

anyway, here's the pics:

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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2008 11:18:04 AM »

Very cool!
I like it a lot, I like the star theme and motif...  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2008 12:16:28 PM »

That's just great!  I have at least 1 ammo can that were used by my dad and our family when we went rafting!  It's one of a few things I kept when dad died a few years ago, because it's both sentimental and practical... or at least will be when I find a use for it!  When I do, I'll remember this because it's a really ugly shade of orange right now.  I think I have another that's army green.
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