Very Large Piggy Bank

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#1 posted 08-04-2011 01:23 AM

Woo, quick build a helmet and I will bring the bike. JK
I love it and I am sure she will to. I think since it doesn’t have a hole in the bottom we will let my grandson Logan start saving nickles and dimes in it. I will print your saving lessons and when he decides to buy a moon pie we will read it to him and see what happens.

Thanks for your time and sweat William. She will love it.
Saturday it is.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#2 posted 08-04-2011 01:33 AM

Thats a lot of porkchps you glued up. I always thought the act of breaking a piggy bank was sad so I used a butter knife in the hole to fish the change out.

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#3 posted 08-04-2011 01:35 AM

My 401(K) ! What a great idea! Looks like it would last a life time!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 08-04-2011 03:29 AM

It’s probably a better idea than counting on Social Security! (just kidding! – Don’t want to get into politics here!)

It looks great, William! It needs a curly tail though! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 08-04-2011 03:35 AM

well i bet someone chopped a lot of wood to put this hog together…get it…chopped…more bad jokes here william…you did a fantastic job here…and when its taken home to its new owner,she will love it too…great job william…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 08-04-2011 03:52 AM

Great gift, and love the story.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#7 posted 08-04-2011 06:33 AM

Nice job on this Porker! The stain didn’t look too bad, I thought it enhanced the look for a muddy pig!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#8 posted 08-04-2011 07:01 AM

Cool piggy bank William. It’s big enough that by the time Dave’s Grandson get’s it filled he can buy his own hog to ride along side Grandpa.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#9 posted 08-04-2011 11:18 AM

good story..good project…. nice piggy-bank. just might give one a go myself.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#10 posted 08-04-2011 11:51 AM

Nice job, William! Great gift idea!


-- Paul,

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#11 posted 08-04-2011 02:57 PM

Thanks everyone.

That’s a good idea. Maybe get your grandson to save some money. I think “we don’t want to bust Grandma’s bank is a much better deterrent to taking the money out than messing with a child’s own bank.

With this and the rockers, this is about my third pig. I’ve only put a tail on one of them. The one with the tail I already knew ahead of time was going to be a showpiece that kids would never be around. I curled some bailing wire around the handle of a pull handle (mechanic’s tools for those who don’t know what a pull handle is). Then I drill a tiny hole in the rear and epoxied the curled wire in.
For the other two pigs, I haven’t added the tail because I haven’t come up with a better alternative, and the wire would be a safety hazard to children.

All that made more bad jokes,
I make too many bad jokes now. Ya’ll are encouraging me though. However, I thank you all for your compliments, bad jokes and all.

I saved you for last. You should absolutely “give it a go”. I love building rocking toys and large animal projects like this one. If my back was in a little better shape, this is proabably all I would build is rocking toys. My favorite to build is the rocking motorcycle, simply because there are so many ways you can customize it to make each one different.
If you’ll go here at, they have 46 different rocking animal plans. There is a wide range of plans including Poke Chop the Pig, Lawrence the Camel, Rocking Roarer motorcycle, Hannibal the Elephant, Bill E. Goat, Bessie the Cow, and lots more. Of course this is not the only site offering rocking toys. If you need I can give you links for a lot more rocking toys that includes vehicles such as fire truck, dump trucks, and even a plane.
I encourage anyone who even thinks they may enjoy doing this type project to pick one you really like and give it a try. A few of the more detailed ones, like the motorcycle, the plans run close to twenty dollars. This isn’t high considering if you tried designing one yourself. Trust me, I’ve done that too. Most of them though are closer to the price of Poke Chop the pig here which is $14.
Construction is easy though. Some people will think you’ve carved them. It isn’t true. Everyone one of these plans gives you full size traceable patterns so you can make layers of parts that get glued together. I suggest lining everything up with dowels. It just helps keep everything in line. Then it’s a matter of using sanders, or simply sandpaper like I done on this project, to shape out the finer details. Anyone can build them.
So, by all means toyguy, I hope you give it a go. I truly believe that if you build your first using any of the plans I listed above, you’ll be hooked and will build more.

I am in no way affiliated with the site I listed all the plans from above. It is just the first site where I found the type plans I was looking for at the time and have stuck with them ever since. They’ve been good to me. They are run by a father and son team and they believe in customer service.

Now for the 500lb. Gorilla (pig?) in the room, the use of plans.
I know already that there are some who will read this who scoff at the idea of using plans. To those I say, I understand. I also understand that if you have such a distaste for the use of plans, go ahead and design your own. I congratulate you on your great tenacity. However, I’d like for all to know that my first rocking toy was a rocking motorcycle that I designed myself. I wound up with about two hundred hours total in that thing and it was not as nice as the one’s I have build from plans in a fraction of the time. Since discovering the benefit of plans on projects like this, I gladly pay the price of the plans for the ability to build these instead of spending hours upon hours figuring out how to build these. If they charged forty bucks a plan I think it would still be reasonable. Most companies charge less than half that though.


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#12 posted 08-04-2011 03:20 PM

Great job on the piggy bank should bring some memories back . It did for me . Yes northerner know about Moon pies at least she does.

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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#13 posted 08-04-2011 03:37 PM

Huntter, I hope I didn’t offend anyone with the bit about northerners not knowing what a moon pie was. I draw some of my conclusions of what is different in the north based on my Dad. He is from the great state of Maine. There were several things when I first met him as a grown man (he’s my stepdad) that just puzzled him.
RC and a Moonpie
Why anyone would put beans and rice together.
Grits (he asked in a restaurant for “a grit”)
Peanuts in coke
Mudriding (and why anyone would possibly want to)
Why anyone would eat tree rats (squirrels)
Why @$$holes down here acted like idiots on the rare occasion ice or snow
There are so many that I can’t recall all of them. These are just a few off the top of my head. I was about sixteen when I first met him, and he was the first person that taught me that there are areas of the country that seem almost foreign to me and what I grew up with.
Now I will tell you, there are a lot of things that we had in the south that they had in the north as well, but were just often referred to by different names. For example, my Mom and I were talking about Stageplanks one day. Dad had this confused look on his face until we went to the store and found some. His eyes lit up as he exclaimes, “OH, gingerbread. I loved those when I was a kid!”


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