Teaching Banks

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Project by dustysawyer posted 04-21-2012 12:37 AM 1761 views 12 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter asked if I would make a couple of banks with very specific requirements as she wants to teach my Grandchildren about earning money through chores, etc. It’s a throwback concept but I’m guessing by the time they are teenagers, they’ll have a better handle on it than most adults. Keeping with the austerity theme, they were made with scraps of Maple, Padauk, and Walnut. I only had to purchase the Lucite. (notice the anti-glare properties – guess that’s why they use it in NASCAR windshields) The Walnut “coin slot” strip can be removed to expose larger holes for emptying. I didn’t put much thought into the design but it kind of reminds me of Art Deco – also a throwback earlier period.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 04-21-2012 01:50 AM

I like the idea, my kindergartener would love that, I could see making a slot for each coin. every cool

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#2 posted 04-21-2012 05:51 AM

Nice idea.I have three kids to tech them to save money.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 04-21-2012 01:43 PM

Very cleaver. Gr8 way to show how to budget from a young age, or any age as far as that goes

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

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#4 posted 04-22-2012 12:45 AM

Those are perfect, my wife and I were discussing me making one of these for our kids as well! Did you draw the lettering on by hand or are they stencils?

-- May the Lord bless you and keep you

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#5 posted 04-22-2012 01:34 AM

This is a great teaching aid. My daughter has 3 separate piggy banks that serve this purpose right now but I have thought about going this route a some point.
Thanks for sharing.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 04-22-2012 12:16 PM

Chris, I selected a font in MS WordArt, printed out the vertical words, then traced the outline on to the wood. I then traced over the type with a wood burner and used an artist brush to apply some homemade walnut hull stain. I was happy with the effect of the stain but wished my pyrography skills had been better.

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#7 posted 03-04-2017 12:19 PM

These are a beautiful thing and will be used to teach the children to save. No doubt they will become heirlooms and will be used to teach the next generation. The children will cherish them.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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