Make a wooden piggy bank


Last week I got an email from Janae Myers, suggesting I make a piggy bank. I liked the idea so much that I decided to focus my attention on designing and building one. It’s really very simple to make, but with plenty of opportunities to offer your own artistic flair.

The construction is similar to a bandsaw box, with the sides glued on to a hollowed-out center. Using the entry point from the bandsaw makes for a great coin slot, albeit perpendicular to the direction coin slots normally run, I think.

To plug the bottom, I used a plastic grommet I picked up at the hardware store. It’s the same one I used in my skull and crossbones candy dispenser. You could also use a cork.

The biggest decision I had to make when designing this, was how to deal with the pig’s head. Traditional piggy banks look more like real pigs and have the head facing forward. I played around with various ways of doing this, but they all looked odd since my components are all essentially two-dimensional. By placing his head and face on the side, it compensates for this and gives it more of an appearance of a round, not flat head.

It’s important to round over all the edges to make him as as soft and cuddly as wood can possibly be.

Free plans

Here are the templates I designed. You can print them all out on single sheets of paper. Use spray adhesive to affix them to the wood.


  1. You shaved your mustache! Now you look too young to have a kid going to college.

    Neat project. I didn’t catch how you hollowed out the ears though. I guess I’ll have to watch it again.

  2. 🙁 I click on the pdf link and get a blank page. May be just the weather we’re having. I’ll try again later. This is a kewel beans idea though, Steve. Thanks for the share. Merry Christmas to ya.

  3. As a suggestion, I think it would probably be easier to get the outer cut right if you:
    – make the cut while only one side is glued on, guaranteeing that you get a reasonable thickness all the way around and (!) don’t hit any screws
    – glue the second side on
    – turn it over, and use the bandsaw to cut the second side fairly close to the line
    – use a flush-trim router bit to trim the second side flush to the original cut

    If you don’t have a flush-trim bit, you could even just make the first outer cut a little wider than you need, then once you’ve glued the second side on, flip it over and make the final finishing cut all the way around, just keeping it a millimetre or two (a 16th of an inch?) inside the first cut.

  4. could I do it like bandsaw box cut four boards at same time then take back and front off and hollow the middle I just wondered if that would work great job though will attempt to make this project


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