|Project by Loren Schmidt||posted 08-30-2012 10:26 PM||2068 views||17 times favorited||16 comments|
I built this for my daughter’s 3rd birthday. She recently dropped her piggy bank and broke it, and has just been dropping her money into a Tupperware bowl. My wife thought it would be a great idea for me to surprise her with a new bank. I knew right away that I wanted to do a magic box, so I found a couple (1) (2) on Lumberjocks that referenced a 1996 issue of American Woodworker. I made it a drawer instead of just a circle hole so that bills would be able to fit.
This is made from fir and walnut. I made the box 7×9x5”, so it is pretty big and can hold lots of birthday money.
This is the first that I have ever used splines, and they came out pretty nice. I also wanted to tie the top and drawer in with the splines, so I made a walnut front for the drawer and tried my hands out on just a couple straight inlays on the top. I think it looks pretty nice for my first time. I was going to do a carve-out of her name on the lid, but didn’t have time to do that. I will have to find another way to get her name on it (plaque or stickers maybe).
I finished it with 4 coats of Danish Oil followed by 4 coats of clear spray lacquer.
I see lots of room for improvement for myself, and am looking forward to making some more boxes in the future.