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Project by ruddy posted 1345 days ago 4809 views 71 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this money box a couple of years ago from some Australian Cedar and West Australian Sheoak that I had available. The top and base is from the Sheoak and the side walls are the cedar. I think the splines were from wenge, I just liked the contrast the very dark wood gives to the appearance.
This design came from and idea I had using very strong rare earth magnets. You can see when the drawer is closed the front face is flush with no handle on the drawer.When the pusher is depressed on the lid, the magnets make the drawer open quickly and the drawer has a space to insert the coins. The pusher handle auotomatically returns to the start position. When the drawer is then closed, the coins automaticaly disappear into the box. The drawer is trapped shut by the magnets. Every time you open the drawer out, the coins have gone. The kids love it…...
The base is screwed to the body with metal thread screws and inserts and when it is full, the grandkids raid it …...

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'





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rivergirl

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#1 posted 1345 days ago

This looks so fun! And you’re right- the kids would love it!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 1345 days ago

Very cool, pretty neat piggy bank indeed! Love the colors.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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littlecope

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#3 posted 1345 days ago

Fun Stuff, Ruddy!! Do you have any pre-assembly pix? I’d enjoy seeing the “Action” on this…
Well Done, my Friend!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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rkoorman

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#4 posted 1345 days ago

that’s a nice christmas gift for my daughter. i just cant understand how the box works. can you shed a little light on this problem??

thanks a lot

rick

woodworker from the netherlands

-- http://thewoodworkersattic.blogspot.com/

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Eric_S

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#5 posted 1345 days ago

So they have to break that beautiful box when they want to retrieve money after saving up for something? Or is there a way to remove money without destroying such a nice piece?

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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Maveric777

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#6 posted 1345 days ago

Pretty nifty bank Ruddy. Good stuff, and I bet the Grand kids just love it….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Cozmo35

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#7 posted 1345 days ago

As Autumn said, “You have to give us the plans for this.” This is an awesome project!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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sras

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#8 posted 1345 days ago

Excellent idea! If I have this right, you are using 3 magnets – 1 on the drawer and 2 on the pusher. When the pusher is up, a magnet on the pusher holds the drawer closed. When the pusher is down, a 2nd magnet with reversed polarity pushes the drawer out. A spring holds the pusher up. Very clever!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Paul

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#9 posted 1345 days ago

How are the coins not falling through when the draw is opened and then allowing them to fall when it is closed?
How did you work that out?

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Eagle1

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#10 posted 1345 days ago

Very neat Idea..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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JJohnston

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#11 posted 1345 days ago

If I’m seeing things correctly, there’s a small pin running laterally at the bottom, front of the drawer. When the drawer is open, the bottom of the opening pushes the drawer bottom up to hold the coins. When the drawer goes in, the bottom can pivot downward on the pin to drop the coins.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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falegniam

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#12 posted 1345 days ago

Nice idea, and it looks great. Would it be possible to upload a short video of the box in action? Maybe include your grandkids :)

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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mcoyfrog

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#13 posted 1344 days ago

Great design

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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woody57

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#14 posted 1344 days ago

very nice

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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Jamie Speirs

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#15 posted 1344 days ago

Ruddy that is sheer brilliance.

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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