Mail Box

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Project by recycle1943 posted 09-21-2015 11:37 PM 1169 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since we live in a rural area this is my rendition of a mail box. I’ve made several prior to this but this one stands out a little.
I started out by laminating Beetle kill Pine, Walnut, Aromatic Cedar, Quater-sawn Oak, Walnut again and Beetle Kill Pine. The back is made of 1/8” Quarter sawn Oak and Walnut and the bottom is 3/8” Yellow Pine.
I wanted to leave the size as deep as I could so instead of removing the back as a normal band saw box I opted to just cut the drawer out and somewhat shape the outer shell to match the drawer.
Then came the sanding and finishing – sanding and finishing, did I mention the sanding and finishing ? 6 coats of water based polyeurathane while doing the same to the back and bottom, keeping a void area where the glue would be applied. After the 6 coats of finish the bottom and back were glued and set aside for 3 – 4 hours to get a good set. Then finish sanding to erase protrusions and then 6 coats of polyeurathene to the extreior except the back. The drawer was then assembled because it had already received it’s 6 coats of polyeurathane on the interior.
After glueing the front and back to the drawer, I cut a walnut drawer pull and glued it to the front. It was then sanded and received it’s 6 coats of finish.
In all, there was 4 days involved with other projects being tended to while the glue and finished dried. One of several reasons I’m hung up on the water base polyeurathane is that it will dry to a white powder dust within 30 minutes of brushing it on the product, thereby allowing 6 or more coats in an easy days time.
Almost forgot – the size is 4 3/8” deep x 5 1/8” high x 4 1/2” wide
Comments, critical or not are welcome – I’m all about learning

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#1 posted 09-22-2015 01:09 AM

I like it Dick, looks like a mailbox to me. Maybe one of those lever flags would add something to it? Just a thought, as it surely doesn’t need anything – it’s a beauty. That finish really stands out on it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 09-22-2015 05:53 PM

Cool shape! Wood colours are great.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 09-24-2015 01:51 PM

Looks gr8 Dick. I like your wood combos.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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