Both men are said to have kept in touch with their wives in Senegal, who are sisters.
They were arrested in June 2018, when police raided their apartment in Greater Manchester, in Bury.
Weapons seized included a “soldering iron, cut wires, switches, electric cables, wireless chargers”, believed to be “the component parts of explosives”.
Another witness said the bucket “appeared to have a push switch detonator type thing”. He also saw “a toy gun, a picture of guns and religious photos”.
Jurors also heard “the search of the house uncovered phones and a tablet attributable to the defendants, a variety of knives, improvised weapons, face coverings and camouflage clothing, hand-written notes and drawings in various exercise books, knife sharpening instruments and army recruitment documentation”.
Police also seized “a knife sharpening block in the large front bedroom along with an axe cover, a tomahawk, a machete and two axes, two cardboard training knives and a wooden sword”.
The also found “a pair of scissors embedded into the side of a sofa and there were two ‘grip claws’ behind the radiator, a toy AK47 assault rifle and a curved knife in a holder”.