Patriotic Drop Box

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Project by Tim_CPWD posted 07-06-2017 02:55 AM 1088 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This drop box was my 4th of July weekend project. I have been in need of a safe place for my customers to drop off items (Medals, Ribbons, Rank Devices, Warfare Pins, Flags, Coins etc.) at my shop when I am not there. Rather than have them just leave everything by my door I decided to build a lockable drop box where they could put things for safe keeping until I return and can bring them into my shop. When I found this Patriotic emblem I immediately knew it was right for this project. I designed the box for easy access and easy removal of items placed inside. I built a simple tray that sits in the bottom and has a front on it to keep things from falling out. I embedded earth magnets in the bottom of the box and the bottom of the tray to keep the tray in place when you put items in it and to make it easy to remove when you want to take everything out. They work great and there is no need for any additional hardware to hold the tray inside. The box is made from Oak, stained Early American and finished with several coats of contractor grade lacquer.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#1 posted 07-06-2017 03:31 AM

Great box Tim & nice carving.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 07-06-2017 05:50 AM

Outstanding carving – is it CNC or handcarved?

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 07-06-2017 04:24 PM

Thanks Ivan. This was done on my CNC machine (ShopBot Desktop) with a 1/16” Ball nose bit. It took about 6 hours to cut.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#4 posted 07-11-2017 09:22 PM

Fine fine work

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 07-20-2017 05:47 AM

Remarkable carving indeed. What a great idea for a storage project for the 4th of July. It suits the theme really well and can serve its purpose well too. With such carving skills, you can build a gift for any occasion without any problem at all!

-- Paul Chau, manager at:

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#6 posted 08-10-2017 11:04 AM

very very cool !!!!!!!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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