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Blog entry by Sandking posted 06-03-2009 06:05 PM 2032 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an ongoing project (seems like other projects keep pushing it out of the way) that I continue to move around my shop when I work on something else. It’s a very simple project but of course I always over build and design. My wife originally wanted a new mailbox and I refused to pay over $75 for a plastic piece of junk and told her I could make one for that (she rolled her eyes as she knows how long it take me to complete something). Is started the project in Sept ‘08 and hopefully will finish it before Sept ‘09!!!!

This is my sketchup rendering (copied part of the idea from a member at woodnet). The mailbox is actually in somewhat of a raised flower bed (my property slopes badly) so the black on the bottom is the cement base.

Sketchup Model

I am making this out of white oak (even though it will be painted) because of it’a ability to stay outside. This mailbox will slip over a pressure treated 4×4 that I already have setup and a temporary mailbox mounted to it. Good luck if someone hits it with a bat (3/4” white oak with 3/4” rails and stiles over a 4×4 cemented into the ground) I am making it so the cheap $25 box will go flying but the post will survive.

I used pocket screws to attach two halves together at 90* and then glued and clamped the two halves together to form the post. You can see I made a mistake and put the pocket screws on the wrong side here. No worries since it will be painted some bondo will make it go away.

The rails were connected to the stiles with pocketscrews as well and then glued and nailed to the post.

I don’t have a picture with the 1/4 round molding in the rail and stiles, but here are the brackets.

-- The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary....

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#1 posted 06-03-2009 06:51 PM

That looks a lot better than plastic to me. Good choice of outdoor wood and the design is real nice. I’d say it is well worth waiting for.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 06-03-2009 06:58 PM

classic design very well done

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#3 posted 06-03-2009 08:53 PM

sandking, you might want to consider the addition of some additional detailing in both the transition between the post and the finial and the support brackets which would result in a more integrated design… good luck with your sept 09 deadline…

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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