Piggy banks

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Project by firemedic posted 2304 days ago 3485 views 26 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 2304 days ago

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

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#2 posted 2304 days ago

Very nice.

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#3 posted 2304 days ago

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 2304 days ago

Cool! Great idea.

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#5 posted 2304 days ago

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

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#6 posted 2304 days ago

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 2304 days ago

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

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#8 posted 2303 days ago

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

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#9 posted 2303 days ago

Very nifty.

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#10 posted 2302 days ago

well written posting. project looks fun too.

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Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

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#11 posted 2301 days ago

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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#13 posted 2286 days ago

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 †

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#14 posted 2286 days ago

I like it. Are they like bandsaw boxes?

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#15 posted 2285 days ago

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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