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Am gonna put 1/8" thick plexi glass on each side of this bank in a recess. I probably should have jigged this up and routed the recess first then cut out the shape but I didn't. Any suggestions on how to do it now? Thanks! The oval is 4 3/4 " wide so not very big.

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Use a rabbeting bit. https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.1...000407378.html

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The rabbeting bit would need a smooth and finished internal wall to locate on. The pic looks like the inside is rough.
So the simplest way might be to make a template to lay over the top and use a normal flush trim bit.
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The rabbeting bit would need a smooth and finished internal wall to locate on. The pic looks like the inside is rough.
So the simplest way might be to make a template to lay over the top and use a normal flush trim bit.
Yeah, I never use plexiglass on any of my banks, but if I did, that is probably exactly how I would do it.

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Another thing to consider is that the coins will scratch the plexi, so after a very short while it will look a lot older than it is.
I would use a different wood panel to make it look pretty, after all, wheres the fun in a piggy bank unless you have to pick it up and shake it?
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Another thing to consider is that the coins will scratch the plexi, so after a very short while it will look a lot older than it is.
I would use a different wood panel to make it look pretty, after all, wheres the fun in a piggy bank unless you have to pick it up and shake it?
I agree Bob you got to shake that thing.
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Yeah, I never use plexiglass on any of my banks, but if I did, that is probably exactly how I would do it.
I was just going to use plexiglass cause that was what I had, what do you use. I am totally up for suggestions. Thanks!
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Another thing to consider is that the coins will scratch the plexi, so after a very short while it will look a lot older than it is.
I would use a different wood panel to make it look pretty, after all, wheres the fun in a piggy bank unless you have to pick it up and shake it?
So would you just cap off the sides with a contrasting wood no window?
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The rabbeting bit would need a smooth and finished internal wall to locate on. The pic looks like the inside is rough.
So the simplest way might be to make a template to lay over the top and use a normal flush trim bit.
For some reason the pic gives it the appearance of being rough but it is actually as smooth on the inside as it is on the outside.
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I would use Lexan instead of Plexiglass. Lexan won't scratch as easily and is not brittle like Plexiglass. Thick pieces of Lexan are used as bullet proof windows, but the same material comes in 1/8 and 1/16" thick sheets. It is available almost everywhere that Plexiglass is sold but you have to ask for it instead.

To make the recess, I would use a rabbeting bit with bearing of a size that would produce the desired width of recess to allow for the screws to hold the panel in place. Set the bit depth to match the thickness of the Lexan or Plexi of your choice and then rout the recess allowing the bearing on the bit to roll along the inside of the hole.


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