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Project by CanalboatJim posted 10-28-2008 10:44 PM 1591 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife came home from an antiquing trip with a brass post office box door. It came from the post office at the old Goodrich plant in Akron, Ohio. She bought it because her father had worked there. She gave it to me and said to do something with it. I had a small piece of nicely figured ash, so I decided to make a bank. When she saw the partially finished bank, she went out and bought two more doors. The became gifts for my son and son-in-law.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#1 posted 10-28-2008 10:48 PM

these are so special.
Great concept /look on its own but add the “dad worked there” .. gosh..

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 10-29-2008 02:22 AM

How do you keep these closed?

My Father used to go to Post Office Auctions when they’d close branches down, and he bought literally tons of these things a few years ago, but most all of the ones he got were complete with the combination lock mechanism in it. Some had keys though.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#3 posted 10-30-2008 03:21 AM

If you look a the second (inside) picture, there is a horizontal sliding bar connected to the latch. I can put a small screwdriver or knife blade through the hole in the dial and catch the bar. By sliding the bar the door will open. It takes a bit of jimmying, so it makes an effective lock. By the way, if your curious, the money goes towards projects or tools.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#4 posted 10-31-2008 12:57 AM

ah, gotcha. So you’re simply using the latch bar from the old lock system. That makes it easier than remembering the combination. Speaking from experience, those old locks are/were very picky.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#5 posted 02-10-2009 05:24 AM

Very nice idea….now all I need to do is find a post office that’s going out of business LOL

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 02-09-2010 06:37 AM

Wow! those are cool…don’t know how I missed them first time around. That is so much nicer than the Folgers change can I have in my shop for tools or materials!

-- Jon

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#7 posted 02-09-2010 06:41 AM

A fun project

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 02-09-2010 09:20 AM

Nice work kinda looks like a small safe.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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