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Project by Carey Mitchell posted 12-12-2014 04:39 PM 943 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When the old post began to look shabby, I designed this to look a little different from the others on the street. The numbers are relief carved with the router.

The first problem was finding a 4×6 at Home Depot that was not cracked; then allowing it to dry in the basement for 2 months before beginning. Many of the pieces in both their and Lowe’s inventory were literally dripping wet. I coated the ends with wood restorer to stop drying from the ends and checking. BTW, you can make this stuff by dissolving a piece of plexiglas in acetone – cost is about 1/4 that of a can of the branded stuff.

Fitting the brace into the mortises in the post and arm was a real pain due to the rigidity of those members – it took forcing both tenons and the cross joint simultaneously – and I do mean force !

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#1 posted 12-12-2014 04:48 PM

Nice work, I like how it looks.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 12-12-2014 10:27 PM

Nice post…! Now you need to get a fancier mailbox to do it fair justice…
A new mailbox post is one of the things on my “to do” list because my mailbox post has also seen its better days.

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#3 posted 12-14-2014 01:16 AM

Looks well built,I should copy your design.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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