Military footlockers are ruggedly built for the long haul. This is a perfect project for the do it yourself (DIY) artisan or someone who wants to build a trunk resembling a military footlocker. To build one right, construct it from good grade plywood and use heavy-duty hinges, buckle latches and a hasp with a padlock. The handles on the sides differ from footlocker to footlocker, but keeping it simple is best. Once built, paint the military footlocker the color of your favorite military branch.

A little worn, but still in use.

Step 1

Lay the 3/4-inch plywood measuring 38 1/2 by 17 inches (front and back) on a worktable along with the pieces measuring 17 by 17 inches. Apply glue to the 17-inch edges of the front and back pieces.

Step 2

Secure them between the 17-by-17-inch pieces with 1 1/4-inch drywall screws. Clean up the excess glue immediately with a damp cloth. Next, insert the 38 1/2-by-15 1/2-by-3/4-inch plywood (bottom) inside the assembly and secure it in the same manner as the others.

Step 3

Measure from one edge of the 15 1/2-by-15 1/2-by-3/4-inch plywood and make marks at 7 3/8 and 8 1/8 inches. Put the framing square on the marks and draw lines across the width of the plywood.

Step 4

Apply glue to one of the 15 1/2-inch edges of the 15 1/2-by-10-by-3/4-inch pieces. Secure them to the 15 1/2-by-15 1/2-inch pieces between the lines drawn with 1 1/4-inch drywall screws. Clean up the excess glue with a damp cloth. These create compartments at either end of the military footlocker. Place them inside the footlocker against the sides.

Step 5

Hold the compartment assemblies in place. Secure them through the front, back and sides with 1 1/4-inch drywall screws. Next, install the trunk hinges on the 40-by-17-by-3/4-inch plywood (top) according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 6

Put the top of the military footlocker in place and secure the hinge to the back. Install truck latches or hasps according to the manufacturer's instructions.