Piggy banks

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Project by firemedic posted 12-27-2007 05:46 PM 4880 views 28 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are Christmas presents that I did last year for my kids and nieces and nephews 11 in all. The pigs are simply made out of pine, I used a router and template to cut all the parts. The ears are walnut with walnut dowels used for eyes and nostrils. I used copper wire for the tails as I ran out of time for trying to bend some wood for tails as I originally planned. The coin removal hole in the bottom is a threaded hole with a wooden screw. Though I did learn one thing wooden threads in soft wood, not the best, the threads chip easily. But after a few coats of finish the threads seemed to hold better along with waxing the threads so the parts move easily. I also “branded” each piggy bank with the initial of each child’s first name. The finish was simply several coats of a spray poly. I did make one more piggy bank several months later for a church benefit auction, luckily I saved all my templates, this time I used maple for the pig and walnut as before and the threading went much better.

-- Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein

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#1 posted 12-27-2007 05:53 PM

Very cool. You must have some wealthy kids this year.

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#2 posted 12-27-2007 06:30 PM

Very nice.

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#3 posted 12-27-2007 06:33 PM

Very nice banks! Great way to get children thinking about “saving” money.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#4 posted 12-27-2007 06:36 PM

Cool! Great idea.

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#5 posted 12-27-2007 08:01 PM

Nice, bet the kids loved them. Nicely done :>)

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#6 posted 12-27-2007 08:06 PM

Those look fun!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 12-27-2007 09:04 PM

Agree with Tom, those look to be a blast to make.

-- Still learning everything

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#8 posted 12-27-2007 09:07 PM

Hold on to those templates! I’d bet you could sell these by the hundreds!

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#9 posted 12-27-2007 11:23 PM

Very nifty.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 12-29-2007 07:58 AM

well written posting. project looks fun too.

Welcome to lumberjocks !

Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

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#11 posted 12-30-2007 07:45 PM

If I had one of these I might not spend so many coins on tools. I like how you easily reproduced them with the router template. Great gift idea!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 01-14-2008 04:50 PM


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#13 posted 01-14-2008 07:02 PM

great project and gift for the kids. A nice design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#14 posted 01-14-2008 07:14 PM

I like it. Are they like bandsaw boxes?

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#15 posted 01-15-2008 02:46 AM

The center is made up of three laminations that were cut prior to assembly, though you could very easily glue up the center pieces then cut them out as in a bandsaw box. The only reason I didn’t do it that way is a lack of a bandsaw.

-- Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein

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