How to Build a Steel Donation Box

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How to Build a Steel Donation Box
A padlock is one way to keep a steel donation box even more secure. (padlock image by Albert Lozano from

The construction of safety boxes and vaults can be improved with the use of stainless-steel and steel sheets so that the box fulfils its purpose of storing money and valuables. A donation box is no exception. Steel has been used for donation box construction because it is difficult to break into, but it can last a long time and endure severe weather. Designing your own donation box with steel can provide peace of mind and confidence that the donation box will prevent theft and withstand damage.

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Things you need

  • Mild steel tubing
  • Soldering materials
  • Rolled steel sheets
  • Steel hinges
  • Primer
  • Black finish paint
  • Brackets
  • Padlock

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  1. 1

    Cut 11 pieces of foot-long mild steel tubing to 1-inch-by-1-inch-by-1/8-inch and eight pieces of 6-inch mild steel tubing to the same dimensions.

  2. 2

    Solder the ends of two sets of four foot-long steel tubing pieces into squares.

  3. 3

    Solder four 6-inch steel tubing pieces into the frames so that it resembles a 3-D box.

  4. 4

    Solder two foot-long tubing sections side by side in the centre of the box's front for the door. The corresponding steel tubing should have complementary 6-inch steel for thickness support.

  5. 5

    Weld hot rolled steel sheets in all sides of the frame. Create a door and weld into stainless steel hinges. Use nonremovable pins to lock the hinges.

  6. 6

    Prime the box.

  7. 7

    Use black finish paint on the box's interior and exterior.

  8. 8

    Put brackets in the sides of the box for mounting. Close the door and lock the box using a padlock.

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