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A few weeks ago I was gifted an old wooden ammunition box that had one of its handles missing in action. The box also suffered from a few other structural issues, including a lengthy crack on one of its sides. Last weekend I decided to spend some time with the box and restore its structure and hardware. 

After aligning and clamping the two split parts of the box’s damaged side, drilling pilot holes and counterbores (to accommodate the screws) I spread glue inside the crack and drove the securing screws home.

A closer look at rope handles

Rope handles used to be so ubiquitous in inexpensive furniture, in tranks, and in various boxes. The simplest form of a rope handle is a piece of rope that has been passed through two holes in the side of a box and then two knots were tied on both ends of the handle to secure it and prevent it from being pulled out of the holes.

I have used this technique many times but I never liked the bulbous knots that take up space in the box’s interior. 

The box I repaired had a different kind of rope handle with no knots to disrupt its inside. 


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