Church Offering Box

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Project by TomFran posted 07-02-2007 12:34 AM 14009 views 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is an offering box which I made for our church. It is made of pine and is finished with 3 coats of Deft. In our church we do not pass the plate; instead the offering box sits on a table in the back.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#1 posted 07-02-2007 12:53 AM

Great craftsmanship Tom.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 07-02-2007 01:03 AM

Great chest. The first picture was darker, was that without flash. What is the normal color. Is it just Deft or was some color added?

-- 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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#3 posted 07-02-2007 01:16 AM

I took the first picture farther away and cropped it, so it wasn’t as “washed out” as the other two which were taken up closer. I used Minwax English Chestnut #233 to stain the wood darker. I normally have blotching problems with my pine projects, but this time I tried the Minwax Wood Conditioner and it did help considerably. I was very pleased with how uniform the color turned out. The Deft was semi gloss.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#4 posted 07-02-2007 04:43 AM

Nice work, Tom. I just love small wooden boxes!

Although this one is not too small to hold a fair amount of offering. Good thinking, Mate!

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

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#5 posted 07-02-2007 05:14 AM

Very nice Tom.

Lol…I think I’ve heard Don mention before that he likes small boxes.

-- Bob

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#6 posted 07-02-2007 05:51 AM

Gee, Bob, you’re the first one to mention that. Mmm… Maybe I’ll add it to my signature.

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

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#7 posted 07-02-2007 07:01 AM

Tom, we do the same in our church. Very nice finish on the pine! Thanks for the tip on the pre-finish! I work in pine a lot and will get some for my next pine project/

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#8 posted 07-02-2007 04:00 PM

Tom, beautiful box! I’ve been away for a few days, so I’m glad I didn’t miss it.

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

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#9 posted 07-02-2007 04:39 PM

Nice work and finish.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#10 posted 07-02-2007 05:50 PM

Thanks to all for the gracious comments.

Don’t forget though – I’m also open to ANY constructive criticism too. That, along with your kind comments, will make me a better woodworker.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#11 posted 09-05-2007 04:09 AM

nice box – I tend to shy away from pine…because I always struggle with how to finish it right. Your finish looks great!

who put the rabbit in as an offering in pic #3 ;)

-- Mike - Columbus, Ohio

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#12 posted 09-05-2007 02:12 PM


Thanks a lot for the compliment!

Did you read my previous post above about using the Minwax Wood Conditioner? I was skeptical when I tried it, but there is no doubt that it helped a lot to ensure uniformity of color on the project.

The rabbit makes for a more “interesting” photo, doesn’t it? Never even thought of that when I took the picture.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#13 posted 09-05-2007 02:34 PM

Simple and elegant. Do you usually use Deft? I use polyurethane and have always been curious about other products. Like the box though. Hopefully it will be too small!!

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#14 posted 09-05-2007 04:07 PM


Thanks for the kind words on my box.

I like Deft for projects that will not be exposed to moisture. It rubs out beautifully with 0000 steel wool. You can apply several coats in a few hours and complete a project in one day. For a lot of small projects, I like to use their spray cans, instead of using my spray equipment, which will then have to be cleaned up.

Deft is lacquer, and for me, it’s the right choice of finish for a lot of projects. Each successive coat of lacquer “melts” into the previous coat. Lacquer is also easier to repair if you ever get damage to your finish. It is more “forgiving” than other finishes too, as far as application is concerned.

Polyurethane is a good finish, but it does take longer to dry, which often gives dust time to settle on your project. It is more difficult to repair (if not impossible) and each coat “layers” onto the previous coat, which can produce problems when you “rub out” your finish.

I hope that helps to answer your question about Deft.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#15 posted 09-30-2007 02:55 AM

Tom I missed this one first time around. You have elevated the pine box to new heights. Keep an eye on that bunny, though. He might mistake the offering for lettuce.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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