Introduction: Customizable PVC Coin Bank
A simple PVC piggy bank with a much larger capacity than my old one.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
All you will need is a piece of PVC big enough to hold the amount of change you want and matching end caps. I chose a 3 inch piece 6 inches long.
You will need a few basic tools like a rotary tool (also known as a dremel), file, and a rasp or rat tail file (I used both though). You could get by with a normal drill but it will require more work.
Here's a list to make it easier
- 6" long PVC pipe
- Matching end caps
- Rotary tool or drill
- Rattail file/rasp
- Sanding block
- Dry erase maker
Step 2: The Coin Slot
Every basic coin bank has a slot to put coins threw so we'll need to make an inch long by about a quarter-inch wide slot in the center of the PVC.
I found the center of the pipe and started using a rotary tool with a drill bit to drill several holes then used a carving/grinding bit to smooth it out. Finally, I used the metal file to make the slot square.
Step 3: End Caps
Now you're wondering "how is he going to make it not roll around?" You will need to file a flat spot on both end caps so it will stay put.
The easiest way I found to do this is to tape them together making sure to not cover the area you're going to file, and put it in a vice.
When you are filing them make sure to keep it as level as possible.
Step 4: Assembly and Customisation
Now it is time to assemble it. Fit the end caps on the PVC and face the coin slot in any direction you desire. I would recommend facing the coin slot higher depending on how many coins you plan to store. Make sure to have the flat spots on the end caps facing the direction of the surface it's on. This will make it wobble less.
To retrieve your coins all you have to do is pull one of the end caps off and you get instant access to coins inside.
This design leaves it up to you to decorate the outside of the PVC. There are plenty other instrucables that go over customizing PVC so I will not go over it.
Step 5: Final Thoughts
If there are any errors or things I didn't explain please let me know in the comments.
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