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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 09-25-2020 04:09 AM 663 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys and Girls,

Another project that can finally be published after receiving some tardy happy-snaps of it in use.

Quite a while back, a request was placed by a friend for a set of display boxes for Australian decimal coinage. My design liberties were somewhat constrained by our counterfeiting laws and restricted the measurements to the sizes of our legal tender. The intention was to amass some representative, chronological sets for the denominations of 10c, 20c, 50c (round and dodecagon shapes), $1 and $2 coins…

The intention was to sandwich the coins between two panes of glass so they could be viewed from either side (gallery pictures #4 and #5).
The friend requesting these display boxes was a glazier so I wasn’t over charged for the sample glass… he didn’t charge me extra for the scratches. Though to cut costs, he only sold me one pane… I’m guessing he expected me to take a photo copy on my MFC (or make one out of wood).

Having accidentally smashed his original sample against my sledge hammer, I found it easier to toss a laser cut Perspex face plate around the workshop, than the now 100 or so piece (the accident took me 2 swings) of the original glass sample… for the record, both the glass and Perspex were 3mm thick (a record is 2.8mm thick).

Naturally the design was done in SketchUp,

The end slot on one of the square sides was so designed that the glass and coins could be inserted into the case, consequently the bottom of the top sheet of glass was 1mm below the slot opening to “lock” it in place… yeah, I’m confused too, so here’s a picture to remind me of what I’m trying to say,

Pilot sizes for some of the coins,

were first cut out of MDF to test fit,


... the above paddle (with 4 coins), will confuses the bjesus out of our Aussie vets during a Two-up game on ANZAC Day (LWF).
Now satisfied, the coin retainers were cut out on the laser from 3mm MDF


(leaving some neat disc scraps)


and the slotted face plate,

out of 3mm merbau.

Cut the strips for the frame sides out of pine,

and mitered to length,


Slot for the “glass” and coin holder routed (10mm),


oopsie only detected on the bloody Murphy’s last piece,

(that was a case of only detected AND NOT detected only) and nearly filled a rubbish bin with un-usable “oopsies”

oh bugger!

Repeated the entire process,

tested the fit,

so far so good… now for a glass of…

... oh crap!... and this time fully filled that rubbish bin with a repeat of un-usable “oopsies”

More cut, routed and tested fit again,

was happy and routed out a 4mm slot in one of the sides,

(actually 6 sides as I made 6 cases).

Once happy as a ”pigin” Schitt’s Creek, finally cracked out a… glue bot!

Even the slot side was nailed (glued)

Back at the tablesaw, set up my spline jig,

and performed another one of that now dreaded test fit

passed the muster,

followed by the production sweat line manufacture,

The contrasting face plate was carefully attached,

Lined up for final finishing,

The slot side was packed by some scrap to permit clamping for finish sanding,

And here are those pictures of our Australian mintage being privately hoarded (without tax),

Enough of this financial penny pinching triva… off to document my next project… in not too many sleeps.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD





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Ocelot

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#1 posted 09-25-2020 04:21 AM

You mean in Australia, there is a law against keeping money?!

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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Ocelot

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#2 posted 09-25-2020 04:22 AM

....er. ... And, uh, nice project!

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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mel52

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#3 posted 09-25-2020 04:58 AM

Cool looking project. Great job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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Ivan

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#4 posted 09-25-2020 05:16 AM

Awrsome post! Interesting way of making. I like those corner splines

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 09-25-2020 05:24 AM

Thanks guys…


You mean in Australia, there is a law against keeping money?!

- Ocelot


Currently in Victoria there is a law against everything… except having loss of memory or Alzheimer’s…

I’ll save further jokes on that till life overall lightens up.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#6 posted 09-25-2020 05:43 AM

To coin a phrase, .......Bloody good job Mate

and on the other side of the coin I can return home after 1 st October yee haa

Come in spinner!

went to Bunnings for the mirror cleaner but they were out of stock

so and something to consider

https://www.lumberjocks.com/aerialphotographyme

-- Regards Rob

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crowie

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#7 posted 09-25-2020 06:24 AM

Yes, Very nice display units Alex.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Dutchy

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#8 posted 09-25-2020 06:42 AM

Nice looking and great project. You need a lot of money for making this.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#9 posted 09-25-2020 08:33 AM

What I take away from this project:

You have an acid-rock band called the Un-usable Oopsies, with a bucket full of tunes for a songlist.

You have nice toys.

I need to make a feather-board for my router table just like yours.

Real money can be hoarded tax-free, if you can buy it with not-real-money somewhere tax-free and never exchange it for a profit in not-real-money. subject to capital gains tax.

Thank you.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 09-25-2020 09:08 AM

Thanks for watching all that I didn’t thank before and any that may watch and I forget to thank.


... I can return home after 1 st October…
- robscastle

Just don’t prcatice being a Victorian bureaucrat/politician and forget where you live!

... went to Bunnings for the mirror cleaner but they were out of stock…
- robscastle

That’s cause I escorted their entire Australian stock back to Churchill.


... You need a lot of money for making this.
- Dutchy

Making it was cheap Dutchy, filling it up costs the shekels. I’m just a poor pensioner who made them for a rich pensioner.

What I take away from this project:....
- wildwoodbybrianjohns

Actually wwbbj, what you definitely don’t take away from this is his coins... The recipient of these cases is married to a Scottish lady and her influence was more infectious than C19... now he’d charge you interest if you even touched the shadow of one of his pennies.
Nevertheless, the Un-usable Oopsies had a huge hit in my wallet.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Peteybadboy

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#11 posted 09-25-2020 09:29 AM

That is a pretty cool project. I like the shop tour as well.

-- Petey

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therealSteveN

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#12 posted 09-25-2020 06:46 PM

Therin lies the difference between an Australian guy, and an American.

Aussie guy has 60 bux in his pockets, and his pants fall off, cause he has 60 one dollar pieces.
American guy is good cause he only has 3 Andy Jacksons. :-)

Nice cases Duck, your secret is safe with me…......
Uhhh what, Aussie gubmit is paying 50 bux for squealers on who is hoarding coinage…...

-- Think safe, be safe

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LittleBlackDuck

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#13 posted 09-26-2020 12:24 AM


I like the shop tour as well.
- Peteybadboy

Thanks, naughty... Don’t listen to rc (robscastle), there is no cash in the workshop and his bloody wallet is long gone.

Aussie guy has 60 bux in his pockets, and his pants fall off, ...
...Uhhh what, Aussie gubmit is paying 50 bux for squealers on who is hoarding coinage…...
- therealSteveN

Hell, I must be bloody rich, ducks don’t wear pants so mine must have fallen off from the weight of all that cash. Petey, just look for the pants…

There’s no law against hoarding coinage, unless you are hoarding someone else’s coinage who did pay tax on his, before your breakin.

I did have to Hanson (please explain) to the taxman when I sold my coin collection that has been accumulating over 40 years for retirement pension purposes.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#14 posted 09-30-2020 05:35 AM

Hey Petey I dont suppose you saw my wallet anywhere about while you did your tour did you?

-- Regards Rob

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