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Old 01-21-2013, 07:42 PM
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I was just brainstorming a few ideas the other day and thought what if I built a wood crate out of weather treated lumber large enough to fit a good amount of ammo and maybe a spare rifle than buried it. My only question would be what could I do to keep the elements from getting inside the crate. A few ideas:

Cocking all around the seems and perimeter?
Water proof cloth lining the inside of the crate?
Wrapping the contents with additional cloth after placing in the crate.
Using both nails and wood glue to seal the crate

thoughts, would it work or is wood no good to bury?

Note: I'm in Florida so I don't have to worry about the ground freezing, just humidity, I'm far enough in land I don't have to worry to much about flooding but I guess anywhere in Florida it's a possibility.

If I seal it with enough Thompson water seal would that prevent it from being ruined in a small flood, 2-3 inches of standing water for a day or so.....?
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line it with muslim then paint it with fiberglass resin to create a shell, or just shell out some cash for pelican cases.
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Would it work with just a thompson water seal?
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No. Not for long anyway. And you would still need a way to seal the cracks that would stand up to being buried. Why try to reinvent the wheel though? You can get some pretty good plastic bins and 55gallon drums that would suit your purpose well enough. They are designed to be water tight and I know for a fact that the drums can survive the load/weight of being buried. All that and it's cheaper than the wood and screws and seal and calk and whatever else your box would need.

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No. Not for long anyway. And you would still need a way to seal the cracks that would stand up to being buried. Why try to reinvent the wheel though? You can get some pretty good plastic bins and 55gallon drums that would suit your purpose well enough. They are designed to be water tight and I know for a fact that the drums can survive the load/weight of being buried. All that and it's cheaper than the wood and screws and seal and calk and whatever else your box would need.

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I hadn't thought about a 55 gallon drum!

I thought a plastic tote would collapse under the weight of the sand, I'm constantly replacing totes in my garage that crack when I stack to many on top of each other. But a 55 gallon drum might be perfect........
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I've made crates from exterior grade pressure treated 3/4 inch plywood before that worked fine. I was getting scraps lumber from a buddy who was using the stuff in a job he had, and they were throwing the pieces away. I had to caulk all seams with 50 year silicone caulk and for added protection, I screwed bands of wood along the joints on the inside and caulked them heavily. When dried, I painted them with 3 coats of oil based paint, inside and out. I was considering using some plastic bedliner paint on the outside to keep it dry, but the paint was good enough.
I sprayed all the rifle components with lithium grease, then wrapped them in oil soaked rags. I then placed them inside heavy duty contractor grade plastic bags that I sealed with Gorilla duct tape. I did that 3 times, taking time to squeeze out any air in each bag before sealing. Ammo was kept in the original plastic bag and then placed in contractor bags that were duct taped. This was done 3 times, too. These weapons have been cached for years, some inside of barns, some under junk cars, and in other locations. I took one out a few years ago, and it was still mint, inside and out. Some of them I wrapped with a poly drop cloth before burial. I doubt there is any problem with any of them.
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here: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/b...px?c=171&s=196
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i too looked at using wood under the earth and this is what i came up with..
cut the limber to the specifications needed for the box
soak your lumber in liquid creosote before building with it...
it will swell up ,once soaked then let it dry
paint it with an exterior paint...
then re assemble .. you can bury it and cover it with plastic sheeting to keep off rain water.. the creosote will taste bad to ground burrowing animals and they will NOT chew through it..

this is an old timers remedy..
he had done several containers like this and the latest one was pulled up from being buried five feet underground for a period of ten years.. the contents were still intact..
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If you have a friend that is a flat roofer contact him. He will be able to wrap it with EPDM or TPO and flash the corners so it is water tight.
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