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Toy cash register

  • August 2, 2018


I volunteer at a local children's museum. In the museum, we have a country store with a cash register. Over the years several different plastic cash registers have been used. Unfortunately, the plastic keys end up getting broken off and are difficult if not impossible to repair.
This year I took measurements of the plastic cash register and used the dimensions to build a cardboard prototype. With the help of another volunteer, we worked over several weeks to build a wooden cash register with 5 keys. The Sale key displays a "Sale" flag, rings a bell, and opens the cash drawer when it is pressed. Springs push the drawer out several inches. The other keys show flags for the different dollar amounts $1, $5, $10, and $20.
The majority of the project is made of wood. The lever arms on each key are made from 1/8" x 1/2" low carbon steel. The graphics were created using Inkscape (open source software) and printed on vinyl at our local print shop.
The wooden cash register has been installed at the museum and so far has been working well!

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  • Our children’s museum is a local treasure, so glad to see others value theirs just as much! This is truly an awesome build! 
    By Djohnson1084, on August 2, 2018

  • So neat! What an awesome thing to build for your local museum! We are impressed!
    By RYOBI NATION, on August 3, 2018

  • Awesome job Bill.  I know two little girls who would love this.  Send the project to Michael! 
    By Desdie20, on August 3, 2018

  • Love this! 
    By kyleepete, on August 7, 2018

  • Good build amazing job I would like to ask if Can I have the plan to make it for my little girl thanks 
    By Pethandyman, on January 16, 2019

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Toy cash register

by Bills_Woodworking
Aug 02, 2018

I volunteer at a local children's museum. In the museum, we have a country store with a cash register. Over the years several different plastic cash registers have been used. Unfortunately, the plastic keys end up getting broken off and are difficult if not impossible to repair. This year I took measurements of the plastic cash register and used the dimensions to build a cardboard prototype. With the help of another volunteer, we worked over several weeks to build a wooden cash register with 5 keys. The Sale key displays a "Sale" flag, rings a bell, and opens the cash drawer when it is pressed. Springs push the drawer out several inches. The other keys show flags for the different dollar amounts $1, $5, $10, and $20. The majority of the project is made of wood. The lever arms on each key are made from 1/8" x 1/2" low carbon steel. The graphics were created using Inkscape (open source software) and printed on vinyl at our local print shop. The wooden cash register has been installed at the museum and so far has been working well!