Hardwood Cash Box




Introduction: Hardwood Cash Box

About: A country boy...live on forty acres, shoot guns, hike, hunt, fish, play soccer, and more!

Ever had soo much cash lying around that your like, "Man, I gotta build me a cash box so I can keep all this moolah organised!". Yeah...that's not normally my problem either. I generally, have very little cash to stow away, but it's still a fun project that I can make. It's easy to make, fun to have, and if you think about it it's kinda like your own modern day treasure chest!  

Step 1: What You'll Need

1. Some hardwood (I used hardwood from my dad's desk I ripped apart, and some scrap pieces from a friend who works at a cabinet shop)
2. a chop saw
3. a table saw
4. wood glue
5. stain
6. polyurethane finish
7. a ruler
8. and a sharpie

Step 2: Mark Out the Base

First thing you'll need to do is mark out the base for your box. Mine was 10.5" x 4.25" with .75" thick walls. The dimensions of your box depend on the thickness of your walls. The idea is to have room for the walls, and still enough room for a bill to fit in with a little room on each side. Also if you are going to have a spot for coins like I did, make sure and figure that in too.

Step 3: Cut the Base and Side Walls

Now cut out the base. Then measure and cut out the side walls. You'll need two 10.5" long walls, and two 2.75" long walls. How tall to make the walls? That's really up to you, I guess it depends on how much money you think you'll be stacking up in there! Cut all the walls out and set them together making sure they fit right, and are flush with the base.

Step 4: Cut the Inner Wall and Coin Slide

Now cut another 2.75" long wall. This wall will be a divider between the coins and the bills. I also shaped a coin slide, so the coins would slide out easier. It's optional...I opted for it. To make the coin slide, cut another 2.75" long wall out of soft wood this time and use a belt sander to get the curved shape. 

Step 5: Glue Together

Use wood glue to glue all the walls in place. Try to fit the walls together as closely as you can. Once all the walls are glued down, use clamps to hold them in place while they dry.

Step 6: Cut the Lid

Now it's time to make the lid, cut the lid the same size as the base. Then cut out two pieces of thin plywood, cut one at 6" x 2.5", and the other at 2.5" x 1.5". Glue them to the inside of the lid, make sure they are positioned right before the glue is dry.

Step 7: Stain and Finish

Finally choose a color of stain that you like best, dip a paper towel in it, and wipe it over the box. Coat the whole box thoroughly, and use a dry clean paper towel to wipe off the excess stain. Allow the stain to dry for a couple days before you put the polyurethane coat on. Apply the polyurethane the same as the stain. 

Step 8: Finished

Once the finish dries, enjoy your finished cash box! I had a fun time making this project, hopefully you did too!

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    6 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Simple but very very beautiful. I specially like the color you chose.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    looks good. Congrats on being featured on the main page.

    Was your dad cool with you ripping up his desk?


    8 years ago on Introduction

    looks good. Congrats on being featured on the main page.

    Was your dad cool with you ripping up his desk?