Pushke (Alms box)

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Project by Babieca posted 04-02-2015 10:35 PM 936 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A pushke is the alms box that is traditionally in a home or synagogue. In these days of checks and credit cards they aren’t quite as ubiquitous as they once were, but an electronic transfer on a website doesn’t really work for teaching little kids. So, my wife asked me to make one for our home.

I cut out the letters on the bandsaw and did the inlay work with chisels and a gouge. I made a router base for my rotary tool to get things nice and flat, but the tool is really underpowered for that kind of work and if I end up doing more in the future, I’ll probably want to use a proper plunge router or a router plane instead. Still, it got the job done.

Finish is golden oak stain, mostly sanded off to just pop the grain and then a top coat of shellac.

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#1 posted 04-03-2015 03:15 AM

That looks fantastic. I haven’t tried any inlay work, but it always looks so good I’m going to have to give it a go sometime. You’ve clearly got it down.

Is the wood maple and walnut ?

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#2 posted 04-04-2015 07:27 PM

You did a really nice job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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