Coin Flask – piggy bank on the lathe

I made this coin flask for a friend – and in a hurry. I hope it does not show on the finished product, but there are a couple of things that I would have done differently if I had thought I had more time. Thing is, without that deadline I might not have ever started this project. Let me know what you think!

Coin Flask Lessons

After I finished this I could not shake the feeling that there were many things that I would improve upon if I were to make it again. But the more I think about it, the more I realize that while yes, I could have spent more time refining the shape or finishing the inside, there is actually not much value added through those activities.

The inside of the flask will never be seen, and even if someone checks it out at some point it is unlikely that they will mind because this thing is intended to be filled with coins. If anything, those coins will over time flatten the surface, one ding at a time. If anything, I should instruct them to give it a vigorous shake whenever they put a coin in, and check out the coin-finish after a few years.

Another objection I had was about using the screw chuck. I realize I have developed a dislike for it for bowls and such because in my mind they pose a big risk of having an open hole at the bottom of the bowl. At the very least, they require a lot of wood to remain there, which might not make for a good geometry.

But here, it makes sense for multiple reasons. For starters, what I had in mind would be a lot higher than wide, thus the added weight at the bottom would come in handy to keep it from toppling. But on this project, the screw chuck also saved some wood because using any other kind of chuck usually requires a section to be parted off. Yes, I know there are chucks that use a recess to hold the workpiece, but I am not there yet at this point.

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