Inexpensive box for church donations

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Project by Hawgnutz posted 04-22-2007 06:08 AM 2972 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, this is my first box. I Made it for donations at our church service. We have a small church, and we just set it by the door for people to drop their donations in. I dropped the box when I brought it home to take a picture of it and broke the lid where I routed the slot to drop the donations. I just got to gluing it back together tonight.

It also was my first set of dovetails. I used the Rockler jig and a PC 690 router. I tried the through dovetails, first, but the half-blind were easier to get right for a beginner. I REALLY think I need to learn to cut them with a saw when they are this small……LOL It took me 2 hours to try the through dovetails, with moderate success. When I switched over to the half-blind ones, I had to recalibrate the whole jig over again. Too funny! I guess we all have our tales of our first dovetails. I picked up a set-up jig for the Rockler dovetail jig last time I was in Phoenix, so I am hoping the next set won’t be as frustrating or time consuming! But, they say – “Practice Makes Perfect!” It is no truer than in woodworking!

The wood is simple Cedar and Redwood fence pickets I picked up at Home Depot. I saw some really reddish Redwood and snatched it. I used a #7 plane and a belt and RO sander to get it smooth. I used the pale Cedar to contrast the Redwood to highlight the dovetail joint. (Guess I got sorta proud for a rookie!)

I used clear shellac first to seal the wood then followed with polyurethane. I did not feel as if it needed any stain or dye, but I am always open for suggestions on FINISHING the wood. Seems like putting things together is the simple part, but the key to a stunning piece is in the finish! (Barnwood is sooo simple to finish……LOL!)

Fencing in the Southwest,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#1 posted 04-22-2007 06:17 AM

Honey of a piece Hawg! Fresh off the press! Wonderful piece for a wonderful cause. And for your first attempt your dovetails turned out really terrific too. Thanks for posting and keep em coming.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#2 posted 04-22-2007 06:30 AM

A long-lasting donation box for the church. Nice one!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#3 posted 04-22-2007 07:09 AM

Thanks, Chip. You always say the nicest things.
God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 04-22-2007 01:02 PM

That does show those tails off, nice! Not bad for a rookie.

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#5 posted 04-22-2007 02:45 PM

This was my first dovetail experience and I used it for the same thing. I was going to make two … 1 for my wife and one for my sister-in-law but neither of them wanted one so I left it as one box and the Church was more thanhappy to use it.

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#6 posted 04-22-2007 03:53 PM

Such a great “donation” for your church. Great job!

-- Jimmy

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#7 posted 04-22-2007 04:08 PM

Thanks, Dennis. I AM a rookie, and I kinda envy you people who have realized at an earlier age just what you want to do. I am juat an old dog trying to learn new tricks.

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#8 posted 04-22-2007 04:11 PM

I am of the firm believer that “If I want dark wood then I’ll use dark wood” I usually don’t stain anything. I try to use the wood that has the color that I want.

Nice Donation Box.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 04-24-2007 04:57 AM

Nice work.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#10 posted 07-17-2007 07:28 AM

Another small wooden box, and I just love small wooden boxes. Don’t know how I missed this first time around, Hawgnutz.

Nice piece.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#11 posted 07-17-2007 09:06 PM

I love boxes! I have to start making some!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Jiri Parkman

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#12 posted 01-23-2008 10:59 AM

Nice box.

-- Jiri

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