Magic Coin Bank

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Project by dclark1943 posted 733 days ago 4369 views 33 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little project is compliments of Frank Klausz who published the article and plans in the American Woodworker, April 1996 pp. 34. As you can see from the photo’s the small drawer opens to accept coins – - up to the size of a quarter or the new sacagawea silver dollar. upon closing, the bottom of the drawer drops open and the coin drops into the bank. Open the drawer, and the coin is gone ! Frank tells the story of when his grandfather gave him this little bank when he was a child, and to his young mind it was pure magic. I gave one to my grandson for his birthday last year, and his eye’s opened wide, when his coin didn’t come back out – - it was really a priceless moment. The box is made of 3/8 cherry with finger jointed corners. the top is glued on and the bottom is screwed on to enable retrieving the coins. The finish on this project is 3 coats of lacquer, the engraving—$5.00, the Brusso knob—$4.99, The brass plate a gift from my grandchildren a couple years ago. The box can easily be made in a day – - especially if you have a finger jig. (I used 3/8” fingers) Thanks for letting me share,

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#1 posted 733 days ago


-- Ride hard or go home~

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#2 posted 733 days ago

That is a neat coin bank.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 733 days ago

Google books has the issue, you can find it here : Link

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#4 posted 733 days ago

Nice work. Another I should do before the last of the G-kids get too old ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 733 days ago

thanks to Crashn, you can access the plans – - free !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#6 posted 733 days ago

Wonderful project. I just see a child seeing the coin go in and then not be there when pulled back out. THanks for the byline

-- Norman

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#7 posted 733 days ago

Very nice. How did you cut the letters in the top? Thnx in advance.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 733 days ago

roger, The letters are laser engraved. I have a young fells that has an engraving business. He helps me out from time to time with projects.

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#9 posted 733 days ago

Very trick !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#10 posted 732 days ago

Nice work love it

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#11 posted 732 days ago

What a nice grandpa idea. I may have to do something similar. We are certainly enjoying our grandson and his adventures as an 18 month old. Thanks for sharing the concept. How does the mechanism work? I remember reading this in the Mag, but I didn’t keep it. I know the bottom drops out, but how is it hinged?

-- Big Al in IN

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#12 posted 732 days ago

that’s very cool.. I’ve been wanting to make one of those for awhile now. nicely done.

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker.

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#13 posted 732 days ago

Very nice, I’ll have to look that up, I have 3 grandchilderan that would love it

-- Dave Hamm,

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#14 posted 732 days ago


Google books has the issue, you can find it here : Link

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#15 posted 732 days ago

Boxguy, ooops, the link didn’t copy, lets try it another way:

And if this doesn’t work, scroll up on the comments above, and you will find a comment by “Crashn” that has the link—don’t know how he did that, but it works. : )

-- Dave, Kansas City

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