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Project by mut posted 04-04-2020 03:26 AM 1124 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This my 4th generation of ‘money pigs’. 3 in beech and 1 in cherry. the cylinder for the body is made using a birdsmouth router bit, I then add the hexagon ends and then turn to shape on the lathe. The legs are turned as well and set in holes drilled in the bottom. The eyes are set in recesses & secured with gelled superglue. Ears are made from leather, rolled and glues into holes. The tail is a piece of old phone cord with the wires removed and glued into a hole. The bung is 1 1/8 hole drilled with a forstner bit. The slot is 1/8 started with 2 adjacent drill holes on one end and 1 on the other. I then cut the slot with a sabre saw and cleaned up the slot with a file. Finished with a hand rubbed polyurethane and then waxed.
These have been a real hit for the grandkids, charity auctions and as gifts… and a lot of fun to make. I’d love to get suggestions for variations and improvements.

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#1 posted 04-04-2020 06:42 AM

Oink oink !

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 04-04-2020 03:05 PM

Obviously larger than they first appear, beautifully made and very appealing.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#3 posted 04-04-2020 07:33 PM

In a PIG’s Eye!

Great looking project.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 04-04-2020 09:26 PM

I Luv those little piglets. ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "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 04-05-2020 12:44 AM

Neat Project! looks like fun.


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

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#6 posted 04-05-2020 03:50 AM

Sharp looking and cute. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#7 posted 04-06-2020 12:11 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 04-06-2020 02:21 PM

I like them, any problem cutting the hex ends to the tight fit? That might be a challenge for me.
Do you have a source for the eyes?
My Dad made some pig banks a long time ago, I could send you a picture if you let me know your EM. Don’t want to post it because it is not my project.

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#9 posted 04-07-2020 01:26 AM

Albert, yes it has been a learning process. If they don’t fit tight there will be a glue line showing at the joint. My procedure was to set the glued up cylinder on a piece of 5/4 material and mark it by tracing the inside of the cylinder. Be sure to mark the cylinder and the end stock to index them so they return to the same position. I bandsaw at a 3 degree bevel with the marked side smaller, staying just outside the line. I then use a disk sander, with the table tipped up 3 degrees, so the marked side is up and visible and sand each side slightly, as needed to get a good fit. I want it to get tight about 1/2 inch in. Test fit, glue and tap into place 1/2 to 5/8 inch. Don’t tap it in too hard or it may pop the cylinder apart. Be aware when turning to not get it too thin on the corner. Good luck!

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#10 posted 04-09-2020 12:43 PM

Haha really cute! I love it!

-- Jolien Brebels, Belgium,

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