Spare change box

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Project by Joedcatman posted 01-05-2011 05:02 AM 1380 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My whimsical Project over the holidays. The second picture shows it on the lathe before completion. I thought it looked kinda like a space capsule so I made an antenna lid for it. Named the piece “Tranquility.” It’s made of maple, just a leftover chunk I had as a trim off a larger chunk. There is a bit of spalting as can be seen on the bottom. The hole is 1” dia. so that it can be filled with small change or rolled up bills.

The finish is sanding sealer and two coats of wipe-on Polyurethane. It was sanded down to 600 grit before and between finish coats.

I could pass it around and you guys could put your donations in it and send it back to me.

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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#1 posted 01-05-2011 06:08 AM

Great box, like the coloring

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 01-05-2011 07:20 AM

I have to tell you about a little trick I used on the rim. The dark brown spot (shows up best in pic #3) is fill for a rotted section. It is used coffee grounds with a little CA glue.

Grind your coffee fine, dry it well, quickly mix it with superglue and stick it in the spot. Even on white wood, it looks like a natural knot or blemish in the wood. Finish it well or your piece will smell like coffee. On second thought, there isn’t anything wrong with a coffee smelling piece. You just tell them it is made out of coffee wood. Well it would be partly true anyway.

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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#3 posted 01-06-2011 07:37 AM

Joe, looks like you get as much small change as I do : )
Lovely piece of timber and nice rescue / fill

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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