Post office box door banks

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Project by Green_Hornut posted 06-04-2015 10:27 PM 2509 views 9 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The nice thing about woodworking for 40 years is that after awhile you end up with everything you need to create a project and don’t have to go to the hardware/lumber/paint store to finish it. Everything was there except for the medallions that cover the slot. Those I purchased off of eBay. The design was one I saw on Google images with a couple of modifications on my part. Walnut, cherry, and maple. The doors I gorilla glued taking care not to use too much. The original doors at the Post Office are held in by tabs which are bent into the frame. I found out the hard way that you have to be very careful bending them back straight. They break pretty easy. Two coats of Watco Danish Oil and then 5-6 coats of a polyurethane semi-gloss varnish thinned 50-50 with mineral spirits. Sand and buff with 0000 steel wool between coats. Nice soft glow, no heavy built up look. Routed the combination on the bottom because you know, tape falls off after 10-15 years :-(

For new stinking cute grandchildren.

-- Mother Nature always bats last.

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#1 posted 06-04-2015 11:43 PM

These are great looking post office boxes! I love the mail box design of them!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 06-05-2015 02:14 AM

Great looking banks. The mailbox design is perfect. Nice job.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#3 posted 06-05-2015 03:04 AM

Neat project

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 06-05-2015 12:55 PM

Love your creations!
I really love building with these doors, really has that old timey feel to it..
They turned out really great.

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#5 posted 06-05-2015 09:55 PM

Those are cool. I like the design, different than the square ones I usually see on here. Well done

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 06-08-2015 12:35 PM

Nice execution, love the top that looks like the old pull down door.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#7 posted 06-08-2015 12:48 PM

I like the way that you designed it and they all look very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 06-08-2015 01:01 PM

Gees,Those are very nice,where do you get The Doors? I cannot seem to find them any where. Thanks, Marty

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#9 posted 06-09-2015 12:28 AM


These I got off eBay. It’s been awhile but I think they ran about 20-25 bucks each. I just ran a search and there were 270 auctions. Some finished banks and some just doors.

-- Mother Nature always bats last.

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#10 posted 04-20-2017 09:50 PM

I have four of these brass PO box fronts and made this one using oak. Thank you for the idea.

-- No PHD, but I have a GED and my DD 214

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#11 posted 04-26-2017 02:09 AM

Nicely done Jim. I like how you lightened up the sides even more than I did. Is that 1/4” or 3/8”?

-- Mother Nature always bats last.

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#12 posted 07-22-2017 09:01 PM

Do you sell these?

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#13 posted 07-24-2017 01:36 PM

I could. What did you have in mind? Send me a PM

-- Mother Nature always bats last.

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