How to Make a Coin Bank




Introduction: How to Make a Coin Bank

This instructable will provide a fun and creative way of saving your coins. I made this as a replacement for the boring jar I had been using to store my coins. I hadn't seen it on this site so I thought I'd share.

Step 1: What You Will Need

- (1) .25"x5.5"x36" wood plank
- (1) 11"x14" clear acrylic sheet
- (1) adhesive for wood+pastic (I don't recommend the one pictured because it's messy)
- (1) 1/2" FLAT head plugs
- sandpaper (not pictured)
- (1) box of wire nails
- reciprocating saw (not pictured)
- free font and icons from creative market (optional)
- something to cut the nails with (I used pliers(not pictured))
- hammer (not pictured)

Step 2: Mark and Cut Your Wood

Follow the measurements pictured and make sure to go slow and stay on your markings. The front will need a 7x4 hole cut out so that we can see the coins as they fall to the bottom. On the other sheet you will need to mark a 7x4 rectangle where you will put your nails.
Plan where the nails will go by marking equal spaces between dots. I made rows of three, and staggered them to make the coin bounce off without getting stuck. I don't have the exact measurements but I made them using a quarter (money) to space out the nails.

Step 3: Nail Your Board and Glue on Plugs

Hammer the nails into the holes you marked. [make sure not to put any nails outside of the 7x4 rectangle you have marked]. Once they are in, pull them back out and cut of the tips so that, when put in, the nails are no higher than the plugs. once all the tips are cut, hammer the nails back in. (You can add glue if the nails are too loose.)

Step 4: Cut and Glue Plastic

Cut a 9x5.5 piece of clear plastic and attach it to the front piece. Put a weight on it or clamp and make sure the edges are flush.

Step 5: Glue Together the Front and Back

Put glue on the plugs and put the front piece on it. Make sure the plastic faces towards the nails. Put a weight or clamp on and make sure the edges are flush.

Step 6: Cut Out the Collection Box

Follow the markings to cut out the top, bottom, and the sides. when cuting the sides you want the cut to be angled so that your front is not totally vertical. This will help the bank balance.

Step 7: Make the Collection Box

glue the sides to the top and once dry, glue it on the backside of the front. Put the bottom piece in as well so that the sides of the back stay flush with the sides of the front. The back can be whatever you want.

Step 8: Set a Goal for Yourself

I downloaded a font and some icons off of creative market and printed them out. I taped it to the back and it's a reminder of what I am saving up for. These are from the current selection of free downloads at creative market. The link to both is on this page:

Step 9: Save Your Coins!

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    6 years ago

    This is a 'Pachinko' Bank...a copy of a gambling machine I saw out in the Pacific Islands, though this one pays off when you want it to.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I really like this. It would be a good project to involve a child with, and could be customized.Pretty good explanation. A critique would be to just take pictures of everything or else assume people know what a hammer looks like, but also distracting. Besides, can you use another saw? Just needs to be a little crisper.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    About the saw: look up "fretsaw" It requires a little bit more skill but is a cheap must-have saw for every workshop.


    Reply 6 years ago

    Thanks for your reply. You can use a saw but I imagine it would be difficult to make the frame used for the front.