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  1. How about a bank!

    This is a bank with a post office mail door in it that I made for our local Post Master who was retiring. Of course I must carve on it! I chose to miter the corners instead of dovetails or finger joints because they would have fought with the designs I used. Enjoy!
  2. Post Office Door Box

    This project was completed for a man in New Hampshire. He had an original Post Office Box door he wanted turned into a bank. His design direction to me was to make it look like a bank box. I wasn't really sure what that meant but thought it sounded cool. We went back and forth a few times...
  3. First Attempt at Handcut Through Dovetails

    I've been wanting to try out some of the more traditional joinery methods since I've been perusing this site daily and checking out more advanced skills here and elsewhere on the web. I've been reading a lot (and I mean a lot) about dovetails, box/finger joints, mortises & tenons, etc. online...
  4. Bank with secret lock

    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...
  5. Seven Wood Banks

    It is untrue and unfair to say that only little kids like or want a piggy bank. Big kids too like dropping money into a hole (like woodworking) and saving up, many of us have fond memories of this I'm sure. All of the banks pictured here were made for and given at Christmas last year to adults...
  6. Post Office Box Door Bank Box

    Made these banks for a friend to give as Christmas gifts. His father-in-law had the doors and made one with dovetails and then passed before he could get the others started. I was asked to step in. I tried to make the remaining six as nicely as the original was done. I got close. They...
  7. Magic Coin Bank with a Twist

    I saw a post about the magic coin bank and I loved it.. I thought it would be perfect for my nephew and it looked fun to build. The only thing was my nephew was young and I was afraid he would get upset when the money disappeared and he could not retrieve it! So I added a little magnetic draw...
  8. Post Office Box Door Mail Box Bank

    Made the first one for my letter carrier. She brought it back to the local Post Office and made 10 more.
  9. A new litter of pigs

    This is the second generation of pigs. The large one in the middle, made of maple, is the 1st generation. I modified the ears - now of leather, changed the method of building and installing legs and used cherry for this litter. The tail is from an old phone cord. The runt is more mottled as I...
  10. Post Office Door Bank

    A bank for the new grandson. Since I had done other banks for my other grandchildren my daughter asked what it was going to look like. I said a bank. She said no, what's it going to look like. And I responded, a bank. She got mad after that. :-) Black walnut. The front columns I turned on...
  11. Coin Banks

    I made a bunch of different coin banks for my Grandchildren for Christmas.
  12. Kaler's Bank

    Grandson, Kaler turns two today, and I thought a guy ought to have a place to start saving his birthday cash. Another LJ posted a collection of piggy banks that looked good to me, so I borrowed the design and embellished it with a little pair of leather ears and tail. 9 inches long, 5.5 inches...
  13. Post Office Door Box Coin Bank

    I have made quite of few of these Post Office Door Banks to sell both online and at a Art Market that I do a couple of times a year. This one I decided to do the joinery a little differently. I usually use box joints or straight spline joints on them but this one I decided to use a dovetail...
  14. Japanese Toolbox Coin Bank

    I've been wanting to make one of those Japanese toolboxes with the wedge-locked lid for some time, though I kind of wanted to have it have a purpose, because I couldn't see myself using it as an actual toolbox. Then I got the idea of making a coin bank. The interior is divided up into three...
  15. Postal Door Bank Armored Car

    Another grandchild another bank. Was starting to run out of ideas until saw this in Weekend Woodworking Projects. It's was a spin off from Wood Magazine for awhile. You know how hard it is to find a 32 year old magazine? Wood is cherry and walnut for contrast. I played with the size to...
  16. Rainbow bank

    The back story of the bank is a sad story of property crimes. Recently, my niece's home was burglarized. The Jack wagon crook smashed my great nephew's piggy bank for a whopping few dollars in change. So, I asked - what type of bank would the lad like? Rainbow was the answer. So, this is what...
  17. More Mailbox Banks Ɐ

    Liberated to Сraftisian.
  18. Barrel Bank

    I had a lull in projects and needed some lathe time so I turned this barrel bank- a place to keep loose change. It has a bayonet style lock for the plug in the bottom. It is 3 3/4" diameter and 5 1/2" high and made from mesquite. Cheers, Jim I also turned a horn for my yogurt cups that I...
  19. Coin Bank

    Built a coin bank from scrap red oak (actually found layed out by a neighbor on trash day), and some scrap walnut from my fireplace build. Cant seem to get all the pics loaded like I used to be able to, so oh well. Only way to get it open is when its full, and we saw it in half! -that'll...
  20. Art Deco (ish) Bank

    I got a couple of these Post Office doors from a friend. What else to do with them but make a bank? Went with a Art Deco (ish) design that hopefully goes with the style of the door. I made a prototype with MDF to work out the design. Walnut and Curly Maple, finished with a seal coat of Garnet...
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