Before you glue the box together, we need to fit the end that the lid will slide over. This is pretty quick to do, since if you grooved both the top and bottom of all four sides, then you already have a reference point to where the lid will slide. I cut almost all the way to the bottom edge of the groove with a saw, then cleaned it up with a plane to where it was flush with the other grooves.
At this point, the box was pretty much done, so I went ahead and glued it up. I’m still trying to use every clamp in the shop at one time. This project didn’t make it, but I took a shot at it…
Though the box was together, it still needed to close. I beveled the sides of the lid to give it a spine of maximum thickness (strength) through the middle, yet still allow it to ride in the grooves. This is a fairly simple process for my #4 plane.
To get the box open once the lid fit, I gouged out a finger pull.
And with a few coats of oil, our bullet box is complete! It holds all 100 rounds snugly, and once they are used up, the box remains as a keepsake.
Here’s another picture that shows those rounds comfortably ensconced within. I think this is a little classier than the .mil version, don’t you?