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I am posting here, per the advice of many of the LumberJocks who I have spoken with recently. Hopefully, this will not create cause for flagging.

Basically, I am looking for someone who may be interested in creating a box to hold a poker playing set, to be raffled off at a fund raiser for a 501 C3 non-profit organization that I am affiliated with. I guess this would be considered a commissioned piece, as I am unable to create this myself, at this time.
Our organization, C.E.B.A., a 501 C3 non-profit, is an employee organization, formed in the 1980's by the employees of Caven; addressing necessary financial issues of employees who were unfortunate to have developed illnesses, not generally covered by medical insurance (Cancer, Leukemia, Autoimmune, etc., etc.). As it was successful, it later expanded to include legitimate "Acts of God" (think fire, flood, auto accidents, sudden illness, etc, etc.). No one in the organization (member or board officer) receives a paycheck for time given, or, services rendered, it is all voluntary.

One of the yearly fund raisers is a poker tournament. Last year our organization obtained a traditional carrying case for 300 chips, poker cards, and, related items. This was put in with other raffle prizes, for the attending supporters of the event, to have a chance to win. After recently finding this site,, I thought a personally designed wooden box to showcase this year's poker set would be an even more desirable raffle gift, and therefore, create more interest in our fund raiser.

I believe my organization will offer up to $100 for this project, this year. If it is as successful as I suspect it will be, then it is possible, that in following years, any commissioned price offered for another box would be greater. The $100 would be for the design and box itself. The chips, cards, and related items will be obtained from by our non-profit. Also, I personally will pay for the packaging and shipping of the box, myself, to Dallas, TX (within the US, perhaps Canada/Mexico (depending)). I understand that for many craftsmen this may be too low a price for them to do this for us. But, I believe that the best way to find out who may have time, material, and interest is to simply ask, and, see who replies. I have been very fortunate, so far, to have received many messages of support, advice, and, a few initially interested craftsmen. If anyone finds this an interesting project, I would enjoy hearing from you, and, I will gladly answer any of your questions.

I would like to leave the design of the box up to the individual craftsman. Allowing them control of costs for materials, and, also allowing them to be creative in the manner that they feel comfortable. I have seen beautiful boxes of all types on this site, and, personally, in my lifetime. In the right hands even scrap lumber can be turned into a desired piece, whether it is a simple formed, or, a more creatively designed piece. Nice thing about wood is that it tends to illicit interest, naturally. Down below you should find a few measurements of interest, and, or notes.

1) Chips come grouped, 25 chips together. The Diameter for most of them is 1 and 5/8th inch across.

2) The length, for 25 grouped chips, is 3 and 3/8 inch long (but, I suggest you add at least another 1/8"
to accommodate any possible collective variances in chip thickness that may affect the length of the chip

3) The poker cards are sized at 2.5 " wide X 3.5 " tall. There will be two decks of cards in the poker set.

4) The weight of 25 chips ranges from 8.47 oz., up to, 13.76 oz. . We are wanting a box to hold from
300 to 500 chips. So the chips may weigh anywhere from 10 to 17 lbs. The box would need to be
able to hold up to 18 lbs of weight solidly for a 500 chip set, or, 11lbs for a 300 chip set.

5) As this is a raffle prize going out to anyone, it would be desirable that the box not have any splintered
wood pieces, or, sharp hardware that might catch and accidentally cut someone. This seems trite or
unnecessary to request, but, I would rather note this upfront instead of addressing it later, after work
has started on a piece.

6) Ideally the box would be designed to hold chips / chip groups, and, cards stationary in the box.

7.) The project will need to be finished by the end of March, 2015. The Tourny is scheduled for April.

Thank you,
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