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Project by mikethetermite posted 1769 days ago 2392 views 20 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Started out to make three banks for the grandkids at Christmas, well you all know the rest of the story. Everyone wanted one. I will most likely make more this Christmas. The ball for the coins I used hamster balls. The two halves are held together with screws, take the screws out replace them with longer screws. The hole is 4” the half will fit just outside the hole.
They are about 27” tall. The first ones were ¾” oak plywood. with MDF center. The younger kids seemed to like the painted ones more. So now I use all ¾ MDF.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.





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obi999

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#1 posted 1769 days ago

Wow!!! Looks very very good. I like to see each new idea a inspired woodworker had and wish to get the time to built all my ideas and some of others too.

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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bigbuddha

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#2 posted 1769 days ago

those are great! how do you attach the hamster ball to the dinosaur bank?

-- helen

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stefang

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#3 posted 1769 days ago

A fun idea for the grandkids, and nicely done. I can see why they are so popular.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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spanky46

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#4 posted 1769 days ago

Great Idea! Well done!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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miles125

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#5 posted 1769 days ago

Thats too cute…great design and improvisation with the hamster ball.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Vicki

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#6 posted 1769 days ago

They are really neat! The kids will love them. They are real tall, how high?
Vicki

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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mikethetermite

415 posts in 1849 days


#7 posted 1768 days ago

The two halves are held together with screws, take the screws out replace them with longer screws. The hole is 4” the half will fit just outside the hole.
They are about 27” tall. The first ones were ¾” oak plywood. with MDF center. The younger kids seemed to like the painted ones more. I now use all ¾ MDF.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 1768 days ago

Fun and cool project

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Alan

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#9 posted 1768 days ago

Wow, those are cool. No wonder everyone wants one. Thanks for posting them.

-- Alan, Prince George

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jack1

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#10 posted 1768 days ago

When I first saw this I though what a great way to build an army of your own minions… Seriously, very neat way to get kids to save!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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RouterManiac

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#11 posted 1767 days ago

Let me encourage you, I started something like this as a small project for my daughter (table and chairs) the next thing you know I sold a bunch on Ebay and took the family on vacation with the money we made. You should consider it, people love the craftsman touch. It seems to be missing these days.

-- Ken, Florida, www.theroutermaniac.com

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mikethetermite

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#12 posted 1767 days ago

Being retired I am always looking for new projects. Next up will be a playhouse for the grandkids. Then I would like to build a set of table and chairs. You have given me some good ideas on this. Thanks to all.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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tooldad

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#13 posted 1767 days ago

I can’t tell how the coin navigates them tight curves. Or am I missing how the coin gets into the ball?

Great project. Thanks for sharing.

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mikethetermite

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#14 posted 1766 days ago

The coin is placed in a slot on the nose. The hardest part at least for me was making a template for the coin track. Cut a groove with a straight bit. Then repeat the cut with a T-slot bit to make a track.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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2xmahi

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#15 posted 1765 days ago

a question from someone who is clueless? What tool did you use to make the coin slots?

-- http://www.etsy.com/shop/hotoffthelathe

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