Piggy Banks

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-15-2021 11:43 AM 846 views 2 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these two piggy banks for my great granddaughters. They are made from two table leaves with poplar core and mahogany veneer that are at least 30 years old. The bodies are 5 1/2’ diameter and 6 1/2” long and finished with pink gloss enamel. The slot in the top will take a silver dollar so all coins are covered.

I have added a string of process shots below. They were made in halves which were screwed and doweled together so I could take them apart after turning and grind out the insides to match the outside shape, I left them a little thicker on the bottom for the legs..

Cheers, Jim

This fixture held the leg rods for cutting at 16 degrees. The block has two holes in the end- one for drilling the dowel holes in the upper leg and the other hole to knock the part out after cutting.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 07-15-2021 12:10 PM

What an awesome project Jim!!! Never thought about making anything like that so never thought about how much effort went into them… impressive job sir. And sure they will love the color as well.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#2 posted 07-15-2021 12:21 PM

KYUTE!... however, with kids now days you should include a note chute.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 07-15-2021 12:34 PM

What a demonstration of imagination, skill and patience. You must be one of those people who only need a couple of hours sleep each night because it seems to me that the rate that you turnout such masterpieces can’t be fitted into a “normal” day.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 07-15-2021 12:41 PM

I’m not sure why I thought the laminations would run the other way, but now that I’ve seen your construction photos, I find myself saying “of course!”

Well done, Jim! And great construction photos showing how they went together.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 07-15-2021 01:02 PM

I love this. Well done.

-- -Todd

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Al Breit

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#6 posted 07-15-2021 01:20 PM

Very impressive when you let your mind wonder, “what can I build next”. Awesom job.

-- Al Breit "A day without sawdust is like a day without sunshine"

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#7 posted 07-15-2021 01:39 PM

These are so cute!!! Hope there is an easy “exit” for the $$ as certainly don’t want to crack them open to get the coins!

Edit: of course, I see now you have planned for that!!

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#8 posted 07-15-2021 02:16 PM

Sure the G-Kids will love them.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#9 posted 07-15-2021 02:29 PM

very cool the kids will love those,very interesting build process.nice jim.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#10 posted 07-15-2021 02:30 PM

Realy magnificant project!!...Even better is the making proces…I’M SO IMPRESSED, VERY EDUCATIONAL FOR ME!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 07-15-2021 02:41 PM

I always enjoy seeing how you engineer your projects and this one is no exception.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 07-15-2021 02:52 PM

Awesome. The construction details are great.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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James E McIntyre

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#13 posted 07-15-2021 03:20 PM

Nice work Jim. A lot of thought and planning there.

-- James E McIntyre

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#14 posted 07-15-2021 03:26 PM

Well planned, executed, and presented process!

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#15 posted 07-15-2021 04:01 PM

I see a couple really cute piggy banks with more engineering involved that nobody will ever see, great write up Jim and a superb engineering feat

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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