Having said all that, and even though this project is crafted from high-resolution components and seems final, I would still categorize it as a prototype. There's a lot I learned throughout the creation that I would alter or replace in the next iteration. I don't know when or if that next iteration will take place, but I wanted to share this stepping stone because it's still a neat way to store silverware for rafting trips.
The final product holds plenty of forks, knives, and spoons in a spring-loaded tray for easy access and also hides a cavity underneath to store can openers, corkscrews, and the like. All contained in a 50 cal ammo can, the standard for miscellaneous rafting storage.
For this Instructable, I'm going to share the steps to make each individual part, and then have a final assembly at the end with good photos, at which point you can tighten all the nuts and bolts and lock washers down to their full tightness.
Step 1: Supplies & Tools
- 50 cal ammo can
- zinc plated punched steel angle
- punched flat steel bar
- 12 x 24 x .03" steel sheet
- lock washers
- rubber U-channel (McMaster)
- silver spray paint
- machine screws
- springs (Serv-a-lite #11 conical)
- adhesive rubber feet/stoppers (to keep the springs from bending incorrectly)
- punch or drill/drill press
- sheet metal shear/angle shear