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    Plugs for Piggy Banks?

    I'm in need of a few last minute gifts and I was thinking of making some little wooden banks like this:



    According to the source the bank is difficult to assemble and must be destroyed to open it. I'm thinking destroying it would be a shame so I started wondering about some sort plug, maybe in brass, that could be fitted in the bottom panel. Any ideas where I might find something like that? If I had to I suppose I could make them out of wood but I'd like metal ones. I only need two of them.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Lowes sells them in brass or plastic Dave.
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    Bob, they have piggy bank plugs? Are they in the Piggy Bank Plug section or where?
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    Maybe those threaded plugs for electrical junction boxes

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    Maybe. I was thinking of something with a threaded ring to mount in the box. I guess I'll have to look in the electrical department and see what I can find. Thanks gentlemen.
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    Depending on the wood you used (If soft enough), you might be able to use the plugs to actually cut their own threads.

    The other option would be create a small hatch in the bottom with a slight rabbet. Make a small piece that fits in the hatch and put a fixed tab on one side, and a swivel tab on the other to hold it closed.
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    Not sure if all Lowes are the same Dave but they are in the aisle with all the drawers that hold specialty products. You will have to search a bit unless you find someone in the hardware department that can go right to the spot.
    They are a compression fit. I just picked some up for salt shakers.
    Let me know what diameter you want and I'll pick some up and send them to you if you can't find them at your local store.
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    Thanks, Bob. I'll see what I can find first. It's very nice of you to offer to send some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    ...all the drawers that hold specialty products...
    My favorite section of any hardware store.
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    My favorite section, too.

    Well, I had a little change of plan. I decided to just make these as the puzzle boxes and skip the coin slot and the plug. I scaled them up so so a gift card will just fit diagonally. Here's a photo of one the first one which I made as a proof of concept.



    This one was very difficult to get together and once I assembled it, I forgot which was the last piece to go in. It ought to be the easiest to get out but I haven't figured it out, yet. There are parts for four more in the shop waiting for the finish to dry. The lids for them are maple instead of cherry and I trimmed them so they can be removed with a little effort. They are kind of cool because they go together without a drop of glue and they won't fall apart.
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