Snail Coin Bank with Wooden Gears

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Project by grace123 posted 01-12-2017 03:24 PM 2550 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My grandson turned 9 and I made this coin for him to celebrate his birthday. You get one chance to guess his favorite color.

The bank is made from Baltic birch plywood and Lexan. The snail sits quietly in his shy fashion until a coin is placed on the lip of his shell.

Turn the handle and his head emerges and pulls the coin into the shell until the coin drops inside. When you decide you have accumulated enough money to empty the bank and buy something, or in the case of my grandson and his brother and sister, you decide you have to do it again, you remove a small plate from the bottom

and shake the coins out.

Here is a video that shows the snail pulling a coin into his shell.

The plans for the bank were created by Christopher Blasius and this is his website:

The plans are written with metric measurements, and I live in the USA and just substituted the imperial tools and everything worked out fine. For instance, In used a 1/8 inch drill bit instead of a 4 mm drill bit.

Here a few pictures of the build in progress.

A couple of final thoughts, I used a little block of plywood with a directional arrow (Grandpa’s suggestion) for the crank handle instead of the much more elegant handle proposed in the plans. And the snail grabs all coins, even a US dime, with ease. As always, thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 01-12-2017 03:35 PM

Very nicely done..

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#2 posted 01-12-2017 04:54 PM

Very cool. Very well built.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 01-12-2017 05:49 PM


-- Ted

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#4 posted 01-12-2017 09:30 PM


-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 01-12-2017 11:18 PM

Pretty cool coin box—I’m sure the kids love it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 01-13-2017 11:52 AM

Looks like a fun build, great job

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 01-17-2017 03:35 AM

Looks like a lot of fun for everyone. Nicely done!

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#8 posted 01-22-2017 01:40 PM

Very fun. Start em young at saving is a gr8 plan

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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