I’m looking for design feedback on this mock up of my new G&G mailbox. The back and bottom panel are not shown, and please ignore the dimension lines – I threw this together pretty quickly, just to help figure out the joinery. The center of the front panel will have something special in it, but I’m going to hold off on showing that until I’m done (also, it’s nearly impossible to model in sketchup).
Specifically, what are your thoughts on the current spline locations? I feel like they are missing on the upper joints of the front panel, but if I put them in those locations I would not be able to make them proud on the top edge, as they’d interfere with the lid closing. I feel like if I can’t make them proud on both edges, I should leave them off. The back/side joints could use them as well, but I’m not sure if that makes it too busy. Maybe just the bottom two back/side joints?
This will be made from curly maple with ebony accents. I will probably either dye the maple a bit, or use a darker shellac to pop the grain – I’d like it to be about as dark as shown in the mock up.