|Project by Jim||posted 01-11-2009 03:26 AM||9897 views||16 times favorited||13 comments|
Melissa heard I did a little hobby woodworking. She wanted to surprise her husband with a custom-built mailbox for their Craftsman-style home. She found one online, but the $200 price tag was a little too much for their limited budget. I offered to build it for the price of materials (I wanted some practice with quarter-sawn oak).
Fortunately, the online drawing included some rough dimensions. I was able to utilize my new Powermatic jointer and planer to mill the wood to the custom dimensions needed.
Melissa provided a template for the “post” on top and I routed it with a small trim router and then cleaned it up with a chisel.
I wanted the finish to look like an older arts & crafts piece and found a great article on FWW. (Original Arts & Crafts by Nancy Hiller)
I did most of the finishing before assembly. Final cost was about $100 ( I went thru a lot of oak learning about tearout…)
-- Jim, Boise ID - Attitude is everything