Ballot Box

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Project by JBfromMN posted 10-19-2010 03:37 PM 1374 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is another project from the past.

Part of the deal with getting the tools from Dad is you have to make the projects he would like, ;).

Where he works they have drawings for free items for customers. He wanted a simple ballot box to hold the little slips of paper that people fill out. I decided that I should spend a bit more time and make something that actully looks nice sitting on the counter.

The box is made from Oak and Maple. 3/4” finger joints with 3/4” sides and top and botton. In hindsight, I should have planed the material down some and went with smaller thickness on the sides and top. Still turned out ok after about 10 coats of Varnish on it to get that silky smooth high gloss shine.

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#1 posted 10-19-2010 03:41 PM

I vote that this is a really nice ballot box.

-- You always have tomorrow to stop procrastinating.

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#2 posted 10-19-2010 05:23 PM

Looks like the ones they used in Florida during the Bush/Gore election. hehehehe…

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#3 posted 10-19-2010 08:27 PM

Someday I’ll do finger joints that look that good. Someday…

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#4 posted 10-20-2010 04:38 AM

Nice job! I’m sure your dad was very pleased and very proud! I agree that it probably would have looked better with thinner stock. Some time ago, I found these guidelines at for stock thickness vs box size:

Less than 16” perimeter, use 5/16” thick stock.
From 16” to 30” perimeter, use 3/8” thick stock.
From 30” to 50” perimeter, use 1/2” thick stock.
Over 50” perimeter up to ‘full size furniture’, use 5/8” thick stock.

Anyway, great job and a nice looking box.


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#5 posted 10-20-2010 04:43 AM

nice work

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 10-20-2010 04:55 AM

Great Lookin Box

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#7 posted 10-20-2010 05:09 AM

Very Nice! That look smooth enough to touch from here.

rivergirl, you got one wicked sense of humor, I like that.

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#8 posted 10-20-2010 02:33 PM


Thanks for the link and the info.

I have a couple more projects and I will be posting them. I liked to document them all in case I ever found the time to put together a website. Now that I have found LJs I am all set.

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