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Awhile back I made a monster truck bank for my grandson. It's OK, but really what I was after. Picture one. So sketched up another one, came out pretty good. But, then I decided to make a big monster truck design, like about 23 3/4" long, and 12" tall. Picture two. Put in a LOT of time on this one, in fact 'finished' it about nine times in all. Printed out a copy, to compare it to my small sketch. Wonder of wonders, the two were very close to the same size, and looks loads better than my first sketch, and totally scaled to my big design.

Years ago I made a very nice wood piggy bank. Spent a huge amount of time and thinking on the inside, around the coin slot, developing a shape that would allow easy removal of change by turning it upside down, and shaking. Well, my now ex-dau-in-law apparently put in a fifty cent piece and wanted to retreive it. Instead of shaking it, she used a electric carving knife to enlarge the hole, effectively ruining a very nice build. I actually made the masters to make another, and had started on it, then decided I didn't like the design that much. So, spent a good amount of time and came up with a design I really liked, 7 1/2" long, about 5 3/4" tall. Then decided I wanted a large version, huge really. It would be about 23 3/4" long, and about 15" tall, which is three time larger, then my present design, plus however wide I finally decide on. The first issue is, I need a larger piece of cardboard to sketch it out on. Second is, to get an accurate scale up, I'll need to make about a 1" graph over my design, then a 3" graph on the cardboard, to accurately scale up the design. I just hope it turns out well. And/or, I may just make a design twice the size of my present design, with 2" graph.

Lesson learned: If I'm going to make more than one size of whatever I design, make the large version first, then by taking a photo and printing it, I will also have a small version, exactly to scale.
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where did-she get a fifty cent piece have not seen one in years?
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If you don't want DIL ruining them you have two possible choices: 1)Make a trap door for coin removal or 2) Hide her electric carving knife.
Do you paint them, or stain? I'd like to see a finished one.
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The ones we made had a hole in the bottom and we put in a cork
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I'm thinking have the backside screwed on so that the money can be removed .
I also thinking some plexiglass would be neat , maybe have the money go down some internal visible ramps

I don’t always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate
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I have used this free pattern provided by Steve Good to make a couple of plywood scrap piggy banks.

http://www.stevedgood.com/piggybank.pdf

I take the pattern and blow it up to 180% which fills a printed sheet of paper.

It uses four pieces of 3/4" with a piece cut in one for the slot at the top. However, it makes a 3/4 wide slot, which I feel is to wide. I, also, don't like the way the plexiglass screws to the front and back (as I did).

I think that I would substitute a piece of 1/4-1/2" plywood for the slot section and place it between the two inner sections. In addition, I would consider routing out an inset on the inside of the two outside pieces and mount the plexi on the inside. I would, also, use a thicker plexi. At the time it is what I had available.

If I make the make the mods I will have to integrate a means to empty the bank.

This is basically what it looks like.
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no wonder she's your EX-DIL...
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You can get 50 cent pieces at a bank. Also 1.00 dollar coins, 2 dollar bills, etc. I've got a few 50 cent pieces stuck away.

The bank will have a piece in the bottom to get to the coins.

I don't finish these at all, I figure the new owner can decorate them as they want.

Plexiglass does not float my boat at all.

I make my own designs - do a lot of research beforehand, but don't work with plans by other people.

Yeah, she is not the biggest people person in the world.

Found cardboard for my biggest piggy bank design. The back of the cardboard I have the monster truck bank on. I'll have to make a graph on it, and go from there. When I finish it, or before, I will be able to just layout the truck design on wood. But the pig will need to be cut out, and traced around. I may use the other piece of cardboard to make a intermediate size pig, still undecided on that, don't know if I want to do the extra work or not.

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Theo, is she the same one that kept trying to cut hot dogs on your tablesaw?

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If she'd wanted to cut hotdogs on my saw, doubt I'd have tried to talk her out of it.

Well, have the monster truck design in my bedroom, where I can see it first thing in the morning, and last thing at night. Haven't made any changes at all on it in days and days, so I'd say it is good to go. I'll be putting an opening in the bottom, with only one bolt, similar to picture 1.

Picture 2 is the piggy bank I designed. Looked at again after the truck design, and it wasn't quite what I wanted, so redo, picture 3. Turned out that didn't hack it, so redid that, picture 4. You can see the 1" graph lines I put on it so I could upscale it to twice size. Picture 5, is the double size design, you can see the 1" graph lines if you look close. It came out almost perfect scale, except for one line on the front that needed to be about 1/4" further forward. Then I notice that the snout was not quite right, but it was scaled to the small design, so had to redo that on both designs. Got the 3" graph laid out on another piece of cardboard, and hope to get to that in a day or two. I've found this a quite accurate way to scale up a design, with minimum fuss; figure it would down scale also, but no need to try that. Same method I used in scaling up 2 or 3" tall photos, into 48" tall reindeer patterns - don't recall what size graph I used, but quite possible 1/4" and 4", respectively.

Been way too involved with life lately to get back in the shop, and at this point, can't really say when I will. Hot water went out 2 days ago, need to jump my Jeep first start of the day, no idea what is happening with that, nor were the techs able to find anything. Fortunately for me, just got one of those little jump box starters, and it works like a charm, small enough to keep in the glove box if wanted even. Then there's the big issues. Bah. Humbug. Could be worse.
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Gather the villagers, pitchforks, torches; we march at dusk!
Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
.....Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.
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