Magic Coin Bank

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Project by woodshaver (Tony) posted 05-01-2015 06:13 PM 2294 views 6 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a plan for this Magic Coin Bank in a Popular Woodworking magazine. I changed the dimensions to make it larger so I could add a talking module like the ones you get in greeting cards. The coin touches the contacts to trigger the voice when you insert a coin and push the drawer in.

This project started out to be an experiment. If it work out ok I was going to make two of these for our two little 6 years old Grandchildren Courtney and Chloe. After burning up my brain for a few days this is what I came up with. So I got one done and one more to make.

Video about the build

The wood is Mahogany and the dimensions are 7” W x 4 3/8” D x 5” H I use a button to make the knob, Supper glued a screw to the back, It’s a perfect size for the tiny draw!

Link to hear it talk. It’s my voice but I’m sure the Grandkids will want to change what it says. LOL!

See Talking modules here on ebay.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#1 posted 05-01-2015 07:01 PM

Oh I’m sure they will love it….. Great project and wonderful idea…. Thanks for sharing…. Rick….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#2 posted 05-01-2015 07:10 PM

Tony this is a wonderful project, Ty for sharing.

-- Pete in NC

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#3 posted 05-01-2015 07:30 PM

Original idea, compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#4 posted 05-01-2015 08:26 PM

Truly a master mind at work, now I can see what you have been doing with your time, very creative, bet the kids love it, heck, I would even like one. Just have to love those box joints. I am assuming that one of the measurements is 4&3/8” deep.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#5 posted 05-01-2015 08:59 PM

That’s cute and cool all at the same time with the electronics added .
I am sure the little girls will enjoy it a lot and show it of to their friends but I am sure they would like a little music with it ,I know because my Granddaughters scream when I sing for them and it is not for joy because they cover their ears .


-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 05-01-2015 09:32 PM

Tony, what a neat idea for a coin box. I don’t think your granddaughters will want to change a thing, not even grandpa’s voice. It’s magic after all :-).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 05-01-2015 11:55 PM

Very nice looking coin box! And great idea adding the talking feature—I’m sure they’ll love it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#8 posted 05-02-2015 01:15 AM

Well it took a lot of thinking to get the trigger mechanism doped out but after a few adjustment and tweaking I got it to work nicely.

Don, I made those box joints with the Horizontal Mortise Machine I made a while ago. I can’t believe how accurate that thing is. Making box joints is a breeze now! I do all 4 sides all at once.

Rick, Peat and mariva57, Thank for all the great comments!

Klaus, Sing! Who me.. Not a chance! LOL! I sure they will be looking for that little recording button so they can put some music on it.

Lee, I’m sure after a while they will get sick of hearing me say that same thing over and over again. We’ll have to see how ling it takes them to make say something else. LOL!

Thanks again Guys and Gals!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#9 posted 05-02-2015 02:53 AM

Great build Tony.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 05-02-2015 02:58 AM

Thanks Doug! :)

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#11 posted 05-02-2015 10:09 PM

Thank Dean and Adrianogal. It’s a hit with our friends so far!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#12 posted 05-03-2015 02:01 AM

Nice work. Wish my piggy bank would have talk to me when I was 6 ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 05-03-2015 11:43 AM

Thanks D.H.
My piggy bank would have said “oink… give it up chump”! :)

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#14 posted 05-03-2015 11:54 AM

Purdee cool!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 05-03-2015 12:55 PM

I love this project. It’s very creative and a real beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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