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Been charged with making Donation/Suggestion boxes for church. Anyone here ever make one of these from oak? All suggestions on size, designs welcomed. My initial plan is to make portable on stand so the box or boxes can be move from one location to another if needed. Thanks in advance for you comments.
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Hi, I think I'd want a pretty strong box, which means box or dovetail joints, particularly for the donation boxes.

Donation Boxes: These would depend on where they are located and whether those locations are open. Some churches keep their sanctuaries open, unattended, which leaves the donation boxes vulnerable to breakins and even theft. So these probably need to be bolted down. One alternative would be to build a box with a built in stand.

The drop slot in the box would drop the contribution through what looks like the box, down into the base. The front or rear of the base would be heavily weighted, but would have a concealed and locked door for access. I would make the stand narrower than the box to give the illusion it is merely a stand.

The top box whould likely have a slanted lid with a visible lock on it, even a padlock. That would give the impression that the upper box had all the goodies when in fact, the bulk of the contributions would remain out of sight in the base.

I guess that suggests a little cinicism about humanity, but I confess to that flaw.

The suggestion box just needs a wide slot on the top, and I would suggest some kind of slots on the side or underneath, to hold paper and pencils for the suggestions. I would put a lock on it, mainly to communicate that it is private and anonymous. I'd put a small padlock there so when the key gets lost, you can easily cut it off. It will get lost.

Just my thoughts. I think oak is a good choice, white if you can get it. Scrape, don't sand. Finish appropriate to the rest of the furnishings, the pews in particular. You could use ply for the panels. These are likely to be there for a couple of generations, so build solid.

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I like Tom's ideas. They should be pretty easy to incorporate into any number of visual styles for the boxes. I especially like the idea of the donations dropping down into what appears to be the stand.
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.................I guess that suggests a little cinicism about humanity, but I confess to that flaw..............
Not cinicism, merely reality, there are scum out there who would do such a thing.
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Pretty much agree with Tom. But I would also make it heavy enough that it would take at least two pretty strong men to move it.
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If the box is going to be passed around, a pretty conventional box with a nice sized slot big enough for bills and a donation envelope would do nicely, in that case a lighter construction would be better, perhaps as light as 1/4 to 1/2 inch material. Many times churches use contribution envelopes so they can send tax receipts to contributors. If that's a possibility, then the box has to be deep enough to hold the envelopes.

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Several years ago I made a box for a church to put pray request in. This one is made of cherry with a spalted maple top. I believe it was about 4" H * 10" * 12". Malcolm / Kentucky USA
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Very nice, Malcolm. Those should be inspiration for Raymond.
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Our church now had kiosks in a couple of places where you can put your offering on credit card.

As for humanity......my father always said there are people who would steal Christ off the cross and then go back after dark for the nails.

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