Donations Box

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 03-13-2017 05:00 AM 1268 views 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a mesquite box with a lock that is in our Arizona shop for donations for tools and supplies for the shop.
The corners were just mitered so I put in some maple splines to strengthen it up.My friend Tom did the lettering and painting.
It is finished with Danish oil and clear lacquer.

The equipment in the shop was purchased by a few of us and the park did not buy any of it. We don’t charge any fee to work in the shop either. So to keep us in good tools , sandpaper and sharpening services, we have this box for people to contributed if the spirit moves them. So far this season we have purchased some good used tools: floor model drill press, electric chain saw, finishing sander, and 2 belt sanders.. and some safety equipment!! LJ Rosepedal27 found that drill press on Craigslist in Phoenix!!
Our shop is used every day of the week and often at night.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 03-13-2017 06:23 AM

Nice box Jim,
I would love to come visit the “Shop”.
So glad it’s used every day.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 03-13-2017 06:29 AM

Great idea. I’m wondering if you are also going to add a “Progress Board” next to it so that the shop users can see how their donations are contributing to each new item that is being planned. Just a thought. ;)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 03-13-2017 06:34 AM

Very nice box Jim and a great idea, hopefully the users will appreciate the shop and donate. All the best.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 03-13-2017 08:26 AM

interesting,very interesting
I’ll make one in my shop…maybe…
but have to buy a strong lock…
have a nice day,Jim

-- bambi

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#5 posted 03-13-2017 08:57 AM

Great idea Jim! Good looking box and lettering! You might add voice activated module that says “This is a hold up” LOL!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 03-13-2017 09:43 AM

thats a good looking, practical box. hopefully people use it!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#7 posted 03-13-2017 10:00 AM

Nothing better than a useful Box for a great cause Jim!
Kinda wondered about the plugs in front
but then saw why… Smart thinking!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#8 posted 03-13-2017 11:20 AM

Very noble action and nice box too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 03-13-2017 12:26 PM

Great Box Jim….I like the Idea of the Donation, it can bring out the best in Folk and they appreciate what your shop offers to them. I hope they look after the tools and equipment throughout the year.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#10 posted 03-13-2017 01:22 PM

Cool idea Jim. Glad to see you guys chipping in to keep things going. Supplies add up and so does maintenance on tools. Nice to see that new tools are being purchased also.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 03-13-2017 01:52 PM

That is a very nice ‘donations’ box, Jim. I’m used to working for nothing. I guess I’m a glutton for punishment. Keep up the great work that you do. And may you always be happy in your work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 03-13-2017 02:18 PM

Great looking little box, Jim!

Nice to know folks appreciate/donate for the access to the shop.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 03-13-2017 02:48 PM

great idea looks like it helps

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#14 posted 03-13-2017 03:50 PM

Nicely done project Jim, as always!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#15 posted 03-13-2017 04:08 PM

Looks like a great little box, quality of material and workmanship is unique for this application…..
Did I miss the alarm system???? Ha Ha.

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