Norfolk Joinery: Through dovetail joint technique donation boxes

Client brief:

We were commissioned to produce a solid wood donation box for a Buddhist center in central Paris. Following delivery of this box we were then further commissioned to produce three more boxes for Buddhist centers in England. The boxes needed to be decorative, solid and secure with access for emptying donations.

Work carried out:

The boxes were produced with an opening door at the bottom concealing a mortice lock and metal plate for security. Three holes for expansion bolts were placed in the back board so that the donation boxes could be wall mounted for extra security.

Specific techniques employed:

The boxes were made with through dovetail joints as these are particularly strong. American cherry hard wood was used as it is both decorative, hard wearing and has a good grain for creating the dovetail joints. Applications of Danish oil were used to bring out the natural grain of the wood, protect it and enhance it’s red coloration.

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