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Project by JoeinGa posted 05-08-2015 01:29 PM 1348 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When we moved here we decided we wanted to have a mailbox in our front yard. My father-in-law and the previous owners of this house never had home delivery mail. Since the Post Office is only a block and a half away, they each had a PO Box. So before we left Tennessee, I built a mailbox for us. That’s in in the picture above.
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Fast forward 2 years (my how time flies!) and I noticed the frame was splitting in a few places. So I decided to build a new box. We like those big “rural sized” mailboxes, so I started with some oak and a basic idea of what I wanted.
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I dont have a tablesaw so I used the bandsaw to cut some 1X2 maple slats to create a curved roof.
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Used some 1” maple for the sides and bottom.
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It was shaping up rather nicely but I knew I had to do something to close up the gaps in that roof to seal out the rain. I was going to try and pour fiberglass resin inside the top, but I was worried it might not fill in all the spaces, and I didn’t want to use fiberglass cloth on the outside of the top. . So I started adding multiple layers of spar varnish.
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It “LOOKED” ok, but I just wasn’t pleased at how it was going to do the job. So I decided to make it a tin roof. I used contact cement plus the roofing screws and tin that was left over from when I built my garage/workshop back in TN.
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All in all, I’m happy with how it turned out, and we get lots of nice comments from the people we talk with.
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The handle was a drawer pull found on an old dresser out in the wood almost 35 years ago. It was a 6-drawer dresser and it was the only handle left on it. Who ever took the other 11 pulls must not have had a screwdriver, because I had to use my pocket knife as a screwdriver to get it off. This thing has been in my “junk drawer” all this time and I finally found a use for it!
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And the best part of this project is I get a neat new mailbox for a total cost of $4.81 … I had to buy a new flag!
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Thanks for looking. Comments, critiques, etc ….

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WoodNSawdust

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#1 posted 05-08-2015 01:40 PM

Great Looking Mailbox!

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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Dutchy

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#2 posted 05-08-2015 02:40 PM

A nice mailbox, but I think a lathe will not fits in this mailbox. ;)

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#3 posted 05-08-2015 02:41 PM

I like that quite a bit.

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#4 posted 05-08-2015 03:17 PM

Looks great, Joe!
The tin roof is a good idea.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#5 posted 05-08-2015 05:25 PM

I like this, a very good looking mailbox.

I built a mailbox for my mother in law, many many years ago, but the post office did not approve it and I had to shelve it. They told me it was not sized properly and the top was too heavy. Haven’t made one since!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#6 posted 05-08-2015 06:07 PM

Here’s another nice comment. That great Joe. You have a lion, a tin roof, how about a tin man and a scare crow? ha ha. Well done my friend.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 05-08-2015 06:14 PM

I can’t tell which one looks better. Both are very beautiful. I prefer old one which looks like small house with garage.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 05-08-2015 06:26 PM

Joe that is just beautiful.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#9 posted 05-08-2015 08:59 PM

Awesome Looking!

-- Dale, Ohio

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#10 posted 05-08-2015 11:50 PM

Thanks folks! I did like the old one, but the joints were starting to spread. Rather than try and fix & rebuild it, I just built a new one.

The postman told me today that it’s the nicest one on his route. (Oh have I ever mentioned there’s only ONE mail route in this little town! :-)

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#11 posted 05-09-2015 12:11 AM

Wonderful mailboxes full of personality.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 05-09-2015 04:46 AM



I like this, a very good looking mailbox.

I built a mailbox for my mother in law, many many years ago, but the post office did not approve it and I had to shelve it. They told me it was not sized properly and the top was too heavy. Haven t made one since!

- oldnovice

you did a great job but I was also under the same impression that the post office would not deliver mail to a box that had not gone through a approval process

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#13 posted 05-09-2015 06:21 AM

Nice, Joe! I was expecting a turned version off your new lathe, though. Heeheehee Love the lion head!
Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#14 posted 05-09-2015 08:39 AM

Thanks for step by step. It ’s look great wooden mailbox.

http://smartwoodworking.blogspot.com/

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JoeinGa

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#15 posted 05-09-2015 11:34 AM


I like this, a very good looking mailbox.

I built a mailbox for my mother in law, many many years ago, but the post office did not approve it and I had to shelve it. They told me it was not sized properly and the top was too heavy. Haven t made one since!

- oldnovice

you did a great job but I was also under the same impression that the post office would not deliver mail to a box that had not gone through a approval process

- playingwithmywood

This box LOOKS like a mailbox. It’s bigger and made of wood, but there’s no mistaking what it’s for at the street.

If this was a bigger town, the post office MIGHT say something about my box. But in “Small-town-nowhere” places like where we live, I could almost write “Mailbox” on a shoebox and set it on a kitchen chair at the curb, and he’d put our mail in it :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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