Piggy Bank For Niece

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Project by Simons44 posted 01-04-2011 06:45 AM 1928 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piggy bank was a Christmas present for my Niece. It is made from poplar and finished with 3 coats of shellac.

The body is 3 laminated 3/4” boards and the legs are each 3/4”. The ears are a piece of leather as is the tail. To make the tail curly I wrapped it around a pen and wet it and let it dry a few times.

I was telling my wife how I needed a champagne cork for the bottom and the next day I found one in the middle of my back yard. It fell from the sky!

This was the first project with my Grizzly 14” Ultimate Bandsaw. I love the saw!


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#1 posted 01-04-2011 11:47 AM

Great present! I love the tail made me chuckle,nice touch. I have the same bandsaw ans love it as well. Well done!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 01-04-2011 12:48 PM

Very cool

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#3 posted 01-04-2011 12:51 PM

I like this….... if I might ask… where did you get the out line for this project ??

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#4 posted 01-04-2011 02:14 PM

You did a really nice job, you should be proud. You didn’t have to worry about her getting two of those for Christmas.

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#5 posted 01-04-2011 03:15 PM

Great ides, nice work!! I need to build a few of these.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 01-04-2011 07:51 PM

Good looking bank. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 01-05-2011 08:00 AM

I love it! It looks so nice and cute. Could you post a pic of the pig without the legs or tell how you hollowed the bank part? Also how did you do the accent lines of the legs and mouth? Are they drawn or cut? Lastly, approximately how big is it in inches? I have a neice and a new nephew and this would be great for them.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#8 posted 01-05-2011 05:35 PM

@Toyguy-The plans were in a book by Family Handyman called Toys, Games and Furniture.

@Vicki-To hollow it out, I used my bandsaw and started the cut where the money goes in and then exited on the other side of the money inserting hole. I left 3/8”-1/2” around so there was plenty of glue surface to attach the legs. The accents are cut, not drawn. I used the bandsaw for this. I feel that they really help define the piece. It is 10” long, 7” high and 3 3/4” wide.

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#9 posted 01-05-2011 06:10 PM

Thanks so much for the details!

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#10 posted 06-19-2011 07:48 PM

This big piggy went with loadsa money to market love the expression on his face this is cute my kinda pig. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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