So, one person stands at the desk and says - “this beat up donation jar is ugly”. Another person says “I have a plain acrylic box thing that could replace it.” I hear them saying this and say “What if I make something in on the Glowforge that is neither ugly nor plain?”
A month, 23 design iterations, and a bit of cursing later, this is the new donation box. The top is hard maple with scored decorations and engraved letting. The lettering was filled with an epoxy/copper powder inlay.
Here it is with the inner tray, just before being installed on the desk (donations fall into the tray, before being removed)
It was a big project, making heavy use of the passthrough slot on the makerspace’s Glowforge - the top measures 10 by 24 inches. The box sides are oak, and the engraved door on the top was the original entrance to our building, from more than 125 years ago. I found an old engraving plate of it, and was able to get that digitized and turned into an engrave with the machine.
Learnt a lot of lessons along the way… if this box gets broken, I have a small list of things I’d change, when making the next version. There’s a couple of blemishes in the finish that I wish I’d done a better job getting out, but I was worried about losing detail on the scored part (the scoring isn’t that deep, unfortunately).
But, I like to think it is a lot better looking than the beat-up old mason jar, or the little acrylic box.