|Project by JAcker||posted 02-09-2012 12:33 AM||1629 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
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.