Stick A Spork In It "Christmas Is Done!"

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Project by Maveric777 posted 12-21-2010 03:59 AM 2433 views 5 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This year I decided to build gifts for all my nieces and nephews for Christmas. They all know that Uncle Dan and Aunt Randi are big into being wise with our finances, so building them a piggy banks for Christmas was a logical direction to take. To make things go faster I kept the one design, but wanted each to be unique on its own. So all 9 piggy banks are in fact different, but yet they are all the same….

The woods used are maple, cherry, walnut, and sycamore… In no particular order…

Not a whole lot to say about this simple project. I was shooting more for having something I made in the hands of all my nieces and nephiews more than trying to wow anyone. Hopefully, many years down the line they can look at their banks and think of their Aunt & Uncle.

Merry Christmas!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 12-21-2010 04:00 AM

Great looking boxes.

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#2 posted 12-21-2010 04:05 AM

Good idea and Nice boxes..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 12-21-2010 04:11 AM

What a neat present Dan, teach them to be frugal up front.
Love that spline detail & the feet, do they get to fight it out for their favourite? :)
I’d be happy with any one of them,
What size? ( or should I say how much dosh do they hold )& finish did you use

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 12-21-2010 04:25 AM

Excellent idea Dan! These look great! Instant family heirlooms. Thank god you didn’t make one for me…after this Christmas I wouldn’t have anything to put in it:-( Merry Christmas to you and your family!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#5 posted 12-21-2010 04:28 AM

This little piggy went weee weee weee, all the way home. Nine of those would be an ear full :)

Nice job and nice idea.
Are you going to give them a screwdriver next year so they can open them?

Good job sir,
Merry Christmas,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 12-21-2010 04:28 AM

Yea, I guess I failed to mention some details on these Pete. Thanks for reminding me….They are all 5” x 6” x3 1/2” in size…The finish is BLO and wipe on polly.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 12-21-2010 04:31 AM

COOL banks!

I can see how you cut them out…
... cut’em… mix’em… glue’em… COOL…

Good idea!

Have a good one!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#8 posted 12-21-2010 04:33 AM…. Merry Christmas to you too my friend . Trust me bud…. I sooo feel your pain…lol

Steve.... The one main thing about this project I am proud of is the fact it will be a royal pain in the …. well you know…. to get money out of these. That is exactly what I was shooting for….lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 12-21-2010 04:46 AM

They look awesome bud! Glad someone is getting Christmas gifts done!

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#10 posted 12-21-2010 05:02 AM

Beautifull, a real keepsake!

-- Wayne,Saint John,NB

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#11 posted 12-21-2010 05:09 AM

Nice work, but how do they open them or are them meant to be a permanent savings account? I really like the choices of wood.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#12 posted 12-21-2010 05:19 AM

@ Brian ....The bottom is held in place with 4 screws…..

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 12-21-2010 05:27 AM

ho ho ho Dan. yer a great santa. very good idea. great choices of wood combos, and splined miters are kool.

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

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#14 posted 12-21-2010 05:33 AM

Nice Work and very thoughtful gifts, Dan!!
Hope you have a Great Christmas, my Friend!!

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

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#15 posted 12-21-2010 05:38 AM

I like the “all the same, but different” approach!

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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