Coin boxes

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Project by JAcker posted 02-09-2012 12:33 AM 1589 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Two boxes made from hickory (more from the tree that fell). These are “Tzedakah boxes” (aka “pushke”) used to collect money to be donated to charity. I have a friend who runs a Jewisih gift shop who asked me if I could make these – she thinks they will sell well.

These actually started out as an experiment. First I had resawn some chunks of hickory and planed it to about 3/8”. Then I dimensioned it on the tablesaw. I was feeling pretty smug about my nice uniform strips of wood but then I saw a few boxes other folks made and felt inspired. I ran my strips back through the table saw and mitered the edges and glued it up (the two boxes separately, next time I will probably do this stage as a single glue and then cut the box down). Then I glued a piece of the dimensioned strips on either end.

I recently got the router lift and router working from my acquired collection of tools. My router bits arrived and these were my test pieces. I started out with a roundover, but did not like it for these. I switched to a 45 degree chamfer and hit all the edges. The project sat for a while because the kerf on all my bandsaw blades seemed too wide and these looked too good just left alone. I had picked up a WoodSlicer from Highlands Woodworking a few days ago and, although this is not resawing, really liked the thin kerf. So I cut my boxes open. Using the WoodSlicer I cut one of my 3/8”strips in half to make inserts for the box/lids.

The stars were quickly made on the bandsaw from some of my hickory scraps. I should probably post a picture of the underside – they hold a pin goes through the box and the inserts and holds the boxes closed. The coin slots I used a chisel (first time ever!) and came very close to ruining the whole thing.

Right now there is just a mineral oil finish which looks great but won’t be durable. I will probably just do a quick urethane finish.

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#1 posted 02-09-2012 12:37 AM

They look really good, nice job.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 02-09-2012 12:42 AM

These are unique pieces I hope you have lots of sales for you boxes

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 02-09-2012 12:54 AM

Very nice! Good luck on your sale!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 02-09-2012 01:12 PM

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 11-27-2014 07:56 PM

Well done and for a good cause too.kindest regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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