|Project by SteveL||posted 07-18-2009 04:51 AM||1751 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
This is a “donation box” for an historic (c.1780) Quaker Meetinghouse in Burlington NJ, where my wife is the director. The front part of the building is the historic part, and they’ve added on to it to provide a dining room and commercial kitchen, with bunk space for up to 88 overnight guests. When people come through on tours (it was active in the underground railroad) they sometimes offer donations, so this provides a convenient place to put those and will hopefully provide much needed funds for the ongoing upkeep of this part of our nation’s history.
The box is made from red oak, as is the frame for the base. The pillar and top of the base are made from red oak veneered plywood. The three parts—box, pillar, and base—are joined together with a threaded rod that runs from a t-nut in a pillow block attached to the bottom of the box, through a similar pillow block on the top of the base. From the underside of the base, a boss, lockwasher and 5/16 nut complete the assembly without need for any glue. An added benefit of the threaded rod is that there’s about 2 inches of extra rod in the base, so Carol can add two or three old barbell weights to keep those who otherwise might be tempted from running off with the box. The top is fastened with table irons and the top rails of the front and back can be removed to replace the acrylic panels if necessary. The finish is Watco “Dark Walnut” oil, followed by 2 coats of thinned shellac, and a coat of thinned polyurethane for extra durability.