Turn A Wooden Korean War Ammunition Box Into A Little Desk

5 Materials
1 Hour

My sweet Dad was stationed in the Air Force in Texas during World War 2. For as long as I can remember he had this ammunition box, which my hubby Steve says is from the Korean War based on the markings. I have no idea where Dad got it but I found it in our attic a few weeks ago.

I just had to do something with this treasure. Honestly, I had to look everywhere around the house to find the perfect spot: our walls are all full of art, baskets, and bookshelves. In my work studio I found the perfect narrow wall.

Supplies jack chain, eye hooks, small nail, 3" deck screws

Tools nippers or pliers, hammer, drill, stud finder


Set the box on a table so that the angle of the box and the lid is at 90 degrees so it will create a perfectly flat surface when hung. (We propped up the box at the back to make it square for measuring.) Decide where you want the chain to be on the box, measure it, and use nippers to cut it. Cut 2 pieces.


Use a small nail to tap in a pilot hole for the eye hooks. Twist the hook into the hole. Repeat for all four hooks.

Then open the last loop of each end of the chain. Loop the chain into the hook. Use the nippers to close up the gap in the chain.



To hang the little desk on the wall, Steve measured to find the center of the wall and the center of the desk. We marked the top of where I wanted the desk to be, and he used a stud finder to locate the studs. He used two 3" deck screws to anchor the desk into the studs securely.

I cannot believe I waited so long to do something with this sweet little piece of history in memory of Dad. I know he is smiling down on us, pleased with the result!

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  • Carole White Carole White on Jan 31, 2022

    What a very cool box this is and a great way to honor your dad!! Your kitty helpers are cute, too!

  • Leslie Leslie on Jan 31, 2022

    Thank you for not painting it, and yes it would have been wrong. People should take the time to research old pieces even if damaged. You will never know if a priceless piece was wrongly slathered in paint.