Coin Catchers

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Project by Zelbar posted 10-22-2009 10:54 PM 3799 views 13 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Someone came to me one day at a Farmers Market and asked if I could make them some coin catchers. I had never heard of ithem before so they pulled out one that they had purchased years ago . She keeps in her purse and says that when ever she pulls it out she always gets lots of comments. The one they had was pretty bland so I spiced it up a little with some nice hardwoods. They are 1 1/4” x 2” so it is great for using all that scrap you have. I cut the inside strip at 1/8” and the outside to 3/32”. It just uses a 1” Rare earth magnet placed in a hole inside the center band, and some gluing and shaping. Here in Canada it will attract all coins except for the old pennies. Great for keeping all that loose change handy on your nightstand, purse , in your pocket or in the car. Just keep it away from your credit cards as a magnet can wipe out your strips on them.

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#1 posted 10-22-2009 11:44 PM

Now that is a slick idea! Never heard of a coin catcher until now.

-- Rick

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#2 posted 10-23-2009 01:17 AM

Neat, must be a Canadian thing as magnets don’t seem to work on U.S. coin. At least, I couldn’t pick up any from my wife’s purse with my magnets. Euros?

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#3 posted 10-23-2009 03:40 AM

I have a couple of coin catchers too…called Will and Hunter…lol.
Neat project.

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#4 posted 10-23-2009 03:44 AM

They will not work with US coins. All US coins are non magnetic. It’s one way that coin machines catch counterfeits, slugs are usually magnetic.

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#5 posted 10-23-2009 07:08 PM

That is really cool. I wish I lived in Canada so I could use one.

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#6 posted 10-24-2009 03:27 AM

Cool idea

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#7 posted 10-26-2009 05:03 PM

cool, something for the international crowd!
I recently saw something like this that you could make magnetic sculptures with UK coins, glad to hear they don’t work here before I tried my hand at it.

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#8 posted 10-29-2009 05:37 AM

Great idea! My sister in law lives in Canada….guess what they might be getting for xmas.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#9 posted 11-10-2009 09:46 PM

Thats cool never heard of that b4

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#10 posted 11-11-2010 02:05 PM

Very cool. I like them. Now that’s a good reason to move to Canada.

In the US they could be paperclip holders on a desk.

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#11 posted 03-14-2011 02:47 AM

I have a coin-catcher too. Except down here, we call them girlfriends. Use no magnets and even more efficient at catching money made of paper and plastic too.

But seriously, great little item. Who says they have to be for just coins? Paper clips and other items would work just as well. Thanks for sharing!

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