Bank with secret lock

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Project by oldguy2 posted 11-12-2017 12:57 PM 1359 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This was to be a Pirate Chest but came out with a flat lid. Benny my grandson will still love it. For due credit see on utube Manhatten Wood Project Pirate Bank for the original idea and some video tips. This is all ash his was a 2×4 project so that will make a difference. the lower box has 10 in by 4 in sides and the 2 end pieces are 6 in. I paint taped it with the corner blocks to run the saw grooves and as you can see each side has a 1/4 in slot for the bottom panel. To get the inside secret block with sliding pins and blocks correct I kept it a full piece, taped it flush to the side and bottom and then drilled the small hole in the saw groove for the pin to push the dowel. then I drilled through holes in the block separate for alignment, cut the corner blocks, routed the recess for the stop pin into the hole. Okay it proved to be a bugger in ash, I almost wish I had done pine. I enlarged the hole from the 1/4 to larger for sliding. And sanded a slight point on the dowel. test fit test fit…I recessed the coins and epoxied them in place. after routing the coin slot. The small knob will help lift the panel. when you push the dowel back a small stop pin on it stop it from going out the back end. I made the lid with 4 larger strips. Then a panel with a rabbited bottom to fit. and rounded over the top. So far no screws in this except the knob. The brass hinges in the back I used 3, inch wide hinges thinking of abuse and had to use steel screws for the ash. This was a lot of table saw work, loved it. And I sanded the small bevel on the top of the box and bottom of the lid to give almost the saw kerf look. Experience paid off here in testing and patience but I am pleased with this bank. I have 2 more grandsons and a few more banks to make. If you make it as a gift, tape the secret dowels flush and card inside to show how it works if you won’t be there and a tooth pick would be all you need to push the dowels.

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#1 posted 11-13-2017 03:05 PM

Looks pretty snazzy! I’m sure he’ll like it.

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