Magic Coin Bank

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Project by dclark1943 posted 07-21-2012 04:49 PM 19564 views 36 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little project is compliments of Frank Klausz who published the article and plans in the American Woodworker, April 1996 pp. 34. As you can see from the photo’s the small drawer opens to accept coins – - up to the size of a quarter or the new sacagawea silver dollar. upon closing, the bottom of the drawer drops open and the coin drops into the bank. Open the drawer, and the coin is gone ! Frank tells the story of when his grandfather gave him this little bank when he was a child, and to his young mind it was pure magic. I gave one to my grandson for his birthday last year, and his eye’s opened wide, when his coin didn’t come back out – - it was really a priceless moment. The box is made of 3/8 cherry with finger jointed corners. the top is glued on and the bottom is screwed on to enable retrieving the coins. The finish on this project is 3 coats of lacquer, the engraving—$5.00, the Brusso knob—$4.99, The brass plate a gift from my grandchildren a couple years ago. The box can easily be made in a day – - especially if you have a finger jig. (I used 3/8” fingers) Thanks for letting me share,

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#1 posted 07-21-2012 05:37 PM


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#2 posted 07-21-2012 08:46 PM

That is a neat coin bank.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 07-21-2012 09:16 PM

Google books has the issue, you can find it here : Link

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#4 posted 07-21-2012 09:45 PM

Nice work. Another I should do before the last of the G-kids get too old ;-)

-- 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 07-21-2012 10:42 PM

thanks to Crashn, you can access the plans – - free !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#6 posted 07-21-2012 10:49 PM

Wonderful project. I just see a child seeing the coin go in and then not be there when pulled back out. THanks for the byline

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 07-22-2012 12:29 AM

Very nice. How did you cut the letters in the top? Thnx in advance.

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

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#8 posted 07-22-2012 03:08 AM

roger, The letters are laser engraved. I have a young fells that has an engraving business. He helps me out from time to time with projects.

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#9 posted 07-22-2012 03:29 AM

Very trick !

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#10 posted 07-22-2012 04:56 AM

Nice work love it

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#11 posted 07-22-2012 08:10 AM

What a nice grandpa idea. I may have to do something similar. We are certainly enjoying our grandson and his adventures as an 18 month old. Thanks for sharing the concept. How does the mechanism work? I remember reading this in the Mag, but I didn’t keep it. I know the bottom drops out, but how is it hinged?

-- Big Al in IN

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#12 posted 07-22-2012 08:43 AM

that’s very cool.. I’ve been wanting to make one of those for awhile now. nicely done.

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker.

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#13 posted 07-22-2012 12:23 PM

Very nice, I’ll have to look that up, I have 3 grandchilderan that would love it

-- Dave Hamm,

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#14 posted 07-22-2012 12:28 PM


Google books has the issue, you can find it here : Link

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#15 posted 07-22-2012 12:31 PM

Boxguy, ooops, the link didn’t copy, lets try it another way:

And if this doesn’t work, scroll up on the comments above, and you will find a comment by “Crashn” that has the link—don’t know how he did that, but it works. : )

-- Dave, Kansas City

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