|Project by edwood1975||posted 07-28-2015 01:49 PM||701 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
After a very long time the metal mailbox that served us so well is getting retired and it’s time for a fun router project in building a new one….
The funny thing is when I decided to make a mailbox I decided since I never made one before I would build a mock one to see how it all went together and it went together that well I decided to keep it and use it.
My original plan was to make it out of a piece of solid oak, but I liked the look of the pine board that I used I’m keeping it. I know that a softwood like pine is probably not the best wood to use for outside. I put outside stain and about 5 coats of spar varnish and if after all that it falls apart oh well I’ll make it out of oak.
As always I went to my trusty Sketchup and drew these plans, the box is 12” wide by 8” high with a 17° slope
I used 1×12 pine board.
The box is put together with noting more than a few rabbits and dados to house the sides and base and then I just glued it all together, I really enjoyed this little project as it thought me how to use a chisel and marking gauge and how to efficiently an accurately cut rabbits and dado on the router table.
I recessed the hinges into the back piece and the lid and this was the first time I attempted this and it came out ok, I need to practice this more.
I mounted it to the house using a French cleat and screwed it into the siding and it ain’t going nowhere