View Full Version : Donation drop box

10-21-2011, 11:16 PM
Well, I was following another thread on how others made a donation box. So it got me thinking on how I was going to do mine. But I also wanted a place that my visitors could sign a guest book, display a few images of the show, explain a few things, and accept donations. So I decided to build a Soldier guard shack. You know a small 3'x3' building with a roof to protect the guestbook.

I will make this an on going thread as I go thru the build. Tonight I will start with the drop box. I went over to a local metal fab shop and dug in the scrap bin and this is what I got so far. A 2 foot section of 6" diameter 1/4" thick wall pipe. A 5' section of 2"x6"x1/4" thick square tube. Then I had them cut me a few round disc to fit inside and outside the 6" pipe. I need to make two drop boxes. One for me and another for a local light nut friend of mine. So I cut the pipe and square tube in half.

I don't have a plasma cutter so I made my portaband do some things I don't think should be done with it. I cut a 2" wide band around half of the pipe to make a notch for the square tube to fit in.

Then I cut a hunk out of the squre tube that is inside the pipe to make it easier to get the money out.

Then I welded all this up and added a back plate. No I am not a welder but it is solid!

Going back to work on it some more.

10-22-2011, 10:09 PM
Sounds like a great idea!

So umm, which end does the money go in? The square tube?

10-23-2011, 02:28 PM
The money will drop down the square tube. Here are the next steps I took:

I decided to reuse the part I cut out for the square tube as a cover and lock hasp. I used one of the round disk that fits inside the tube as a door. I welded the disc to the scrap piece after I opened up the rounded piece to fit the exterior of the pipe. Then I cut a slot in the pipe for the gate to slide in.

Then I added some squares on the inside of the pipe to keep the gate from being pushed or pulled. I also added a 1/2" hole for the lock to go in.

When completed, most of the pipe will be in concrete for added weight and make it even harder to gain access to the lock and cut it off. I'll never under estimate stupid, but if someone wants to break in it, I want to watch!

10-23-2011, 08:20 PM
Lookin' good!

Are you going to install a camera in your soldier hut?

12-02-2011, 12:50 AM
Well, it is almost finished! I moved it out late Tuesday night and it seems to be a hit! A nice steady flow of people for a week day. Filled up two pages in the Guestbook already and managed to collect a few bucks for our charity.

Here is the shack built:

This is the base it sits on. 3 sacks of concrete and it is over 300 pounds!

Then it got all painted up:

Then it needed a little DIYC bling!

This is what the visitors see, a donation slot, a basket of candy canes, the guestbook, and a poster I made that talks about the charity we selected:

Then I wanted a sign to say thanks and the shameless plug for the guest book and donation. I wanted it to be modest. It has a wooden bow and gift tag with To: the City of Central and From: all of our family. I'll post a better pick of it later.

This is what they look like out in the yard. I placed an LED spot light inside the little led gift boxes:

12-02-2011, 10:33 AM
Really terrific, James! First rate! Hope it really works for you.

Merry Christmas!

12-02-2011, 02:14 PM
Hey James...That is very very nice...It takes a special person with a lot of heart and compassion to do nice things like that. Keep up the good work. I am sure the family is very proud of what you are doing.


12-02-2011, 02:41 PM
I'm glad I looked at this post. This is a great idea. Hopefully I can step up and build something similar. Great work!

12-02-2011, 03:04 PM
Terrify idea and terrific build. I need one of these.....


12-02-2011, 03:22 PM
Nice.... a nice addition to your display!!

12-02-2011, 07:23 PM
Outstanding, James!!!! I may have to re-think my donation box for next year. How did you design the sign at the back of the inside? Oh wait, didn't you used to own a sign company?

12-02-2011, 09:36 PM
Outstanding, James!!!! I may have to re-think my donation box for next year. How did you design the sign at the back of the inside? Oh wait, didn't you used to own a sign company?

The Charity information poster was made in Photoshop with stuff I found on there web site. I printed it at work, I'm an Architect so we have large format printers. Then I laminated it to protect it.


12-04-2011, 12:23 AM
Now we know that James uses Mobil One in his lawn tractor!

Looks great James! I love the bling!

12-27-2011, 02:20 AM
wow... great stuff James!